Develop Your Natural Talents

THE second runner-up on my list of “favorite” interview questions that I compiled during my interviewing crusade was to talk about my main weakness (the first one was, of course, the career drawing). Since an interview is not a court hearing, I never felt compelled to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. Neither should you be. The cliché way out of this tricky situation is to talk about a vice that is disguised as a virtue and does not affect the job you are applying for. Banalities seldom serve any higher purpose, neither for the interviewer nor the interviewee.

Some say that focusing on weaknesses can help you grow and develop. I disagree. It is much more productive (and enjoyable) to enhance your ...

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