Part of the interviewing process requires you to reflect on faults. A question I have heard both in real and mock interviews is “What is your biggest weakness?”
This question both installs a momentary lapse in brain power and a slight panic in what is an appropriate answer.
Do I reply in a funny way and say, “My chocolate addiction,” or do I admit a true fault?
Well, I like to lead in with the chocolate because it eases the tension. A joke’s a good icebreaker in any situation–mostly. Then I admit my biggest weakness is I can’t say no.
I can say no to actual bad things, like drugs and other illegal activities. That’s not a problem since my moral compass is so high. What I take issue in rejecting is work and leadership roles.
As mentioned, in my junior year of college, I worked four different jobs on campus: I worked as an academic support notetaker, I still work at the tech bar, cafeteria, and as the English TA. I condensed it down to three now, but we will see if it stays that way. My senior year, I currently lead four different organizations: Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta, Graphos, and Knitting Knights ontop of being the secretary of my social group, the Electric Company.
I hate turning down anything because I don’t want to miss out an any opportunities. Plus, I don’t want to let anyone down, especially myself, so I agree and make the best of it. My roommates and my parents constantly tell me that I need to learn to say no; otherwise, they believe I will burn myself out.
Though it may be a weakness, I have also turned it into a strength.
Sure, I may run the risk of burning myself out, but I have learned the invaluable lesson of time management. I know the importance of setting time aside to rest and recharge as well as socialize and soak in family. I am someone who needs to stay busy. This just helps me stay busy in a productive manner.
I carry a paper agenda, a little notebook, and I keep my Google calendar updated so I never forget important dates or meetings. Not only am I a pro-time manager, but I am organized and always on top of assignments and group events. I’ve learned to survive in a busy world.
Would it be better for me to say no to things? Maybe. But I also know my limits and how much I can take on, which is a lot. I am more durable than my small stature might suggest. Given the chance, I will not let people down. If anything, I just might wow them.