Another Branch Of The Brag
I am greatly amused (when I am not greatly annoyed) by the Humblebrag, and the subset that I have classified the Bummerbrag.
Yes, people love to sound humble. It doesn’t matter if they are secretly boasting, if it’s just a modest, self-effacing little brag.
And I’ve noticed yet another branch of demurely-wrapped arrogance.
The Job Interview Weakness.
Did you ever notice that when a job interviewer asks a candidate “What’s your greatest weakness?” that the answer is much closer to a virtue than a fault?
Perhaps EXACTLY like a virtue?
“I’m too trusting.”
“I’m too stubborn. When I am faced with a problem I won’t stop until I find the solution.”
“I’m too self-effacing. I let others take credit for my ideas.”
“I’m such a perfectionist.”
“I put in too many hours at the office, and I find myself at the end of the year with all my vacation time.”
“I hate to see someone struggle. I will stop and help others no matter how busy I am.”
I never liked playing that game. So although I am just chock full of virtues I could pretend were faults, I always tried to give a real weakness in answering that job interview question.
However, I made sure my weakness didn’t have anything to do with the job.
I usually said, “Weakness? Well, I can’t really carry a tune.”
Weirdly, I never got the job.
But don’t you just wish someone would tell you what their REAL on-the-job weaknesses?
Think what an accurate impression you’d have about work life with these guys:
“I sometimes lash out at my co-workers for no reason.”
“I don’t have the patience to proof my work, so I make a lot of careless errors.”
“I’m late three times a week.”
“I hate pressure and deadlines. I usually wait until the last minute and then ask for an extension.”
“I need to check my text messages at least every minute.”
“I cry once a week.”
Yeah, we have lots of co-workers who got the job, but instead of answering,
“I’m too hard on myself” –
They should have been honest and said,
“I don’t always remember to flush.”