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What Are You Genuinely Bad At?

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer this complicated question. PS you’re probably answering it all wrong.


I've got a fun question for you today. I think your instinctive programming about how to answer this 1 will be all wrong. The question is, "What are you genuinely bad at?"

Most people are programmed to turn the weakness into strength. In the realm of emotional intelligence, in the realm of (you're going to see the subtle flip to this, not the traditional one) effective interviewing, you're going to need to divulge something that you're not particularly good at.

Hiring managers who asked that question don't want you to deflect it. They want something real. They want some meat on her bones. This is going to require some thought on your part, because, in this sense, you don't want to reveal something that relates the work, right? You don't want to reveal something that's going to be problematic for you in their assessment, but you also don't want to give them something flimsy.

The trick is to give them something and then pause and say, "You know, I don't know if that's but the relevant for the job. But, one thing I know is relevant is my focus is really on my strengths and trying to maximize my strengths pretty definitely so that, yes, I'm working to improve, but, at the end of the day, I really try to focus on my strong points in order to ensure that you get the best from me well I'm still trying to improve the other.

You get the point? You've got to give them something. You gotta give them something with some significance that's not going to harm you in their assessment. You don't want to give them something to trivial because it's not going to be good enough. Then, flip it to say that you tend to focus on your strengths and playing to those Wally you worked to improve the things you judge are deficient act.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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