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November 15, 2008
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That Weakness Thingy
Hi Captain Bob. I recently had an Interview with a fire agency I felt I did very well except that when it came to the weakness answer I messed up. I said I desire people to be genuine so when a person says one thing and then does another I tend to not want to be a round them. So then they said Hypocrisy? And I answered yes I should have said no. This is so frustrating to me and I'm almost a paramedic actually next week after I take my national exam. I am still yearning for this job can you help me? Dave
Reply: Too many candidates complicate their answers to this question instead of keeping it simple. You wrote: I said I desire people to be genuine so when a person says one thing and then does another I tend to not want to be a round them. So then they said Hypocrisy? And I answered yes I should have said no.
So this is the guy we want to put in a station and drive everyone else nuts?
Now that you've had time to think about this what would have been a better simpler answer? More here: http://www.eatstress.com/weakness.htm
Dave: Well taking time to think about it, I could say something along the line of time management Sometimes I spread myself to thin, I get caught up doing one thing and forget to do the next, my father is the same way, learning from my father I know keep a day planner. Does that sound ok?
Reply: Yes, much better.
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