An antidote about strengths and weaknesses: Bob Knight, legendary basketball coach and horse’s rear, has a simple philosophy that he used at Indiana University (Indiana happens to be my home state) to bring the best out of his players. His philosophy was to eliminate weaknesses in his players being that when all the weaknesses were gone what was left was the best that they could be. I took this as a form of gospel and I have found this to be more or less true. Or I should say that as I have eliminated or smoothed out my weaknesses my strengths began to become more apparent. Had I focused on the other end, strengths, then I would of found myself tripping over my weaknesses and my strengths would not have as much strength in them, and therefore not as noticeable. So basically I have begun to discovered who I am by challenging myself about my weaknesses. I still loath paperwork. Organization is as alien a concept to me as string theory: fascinating to read about the possibilities/potentialities, but as remote as the North Pole.
Employers look for employees who are honest, dependable and hardworking. On the other hand, they also want to know about the weaknesses of an individual. This means that – in your next interview – if you are asked if you have any weaknesses, do not say no because you might be rejected as no human being is perfect. It is obvious that you do have weaknesses if you have strengths – so make sure that you put them all on the table. After describing your weakness you should explain what steps have you taken to overcome that weakness.