Worldwide Panel LLC, a small market-research firm, is getting flooded with resumes for four vacancies in sales and information technology.
小型市场研究公司Worldwide Panel LLC准备招聘4名销售和IT技术人员，结果收到了大量简历。
广东快乐十分 However, officials expect to reject numerous applicants after asking them： ＇What is your greatest weakness？＇ Candidates often respond ＇with something that is not a weakness,＇ say Christopher Morrow, senior vice president of the Calabasas, Calif., concern. ＇It is a deal breaker.＇
广东快乐十分 The weakness question represents the most common and most stressful one posed during interviews. Yet in today＇s weak job market, the wrong answer weakens your chances of winning employment.
Some people offer replies they mistakenly assume that bosses love, such as ＇I am a perfectionist.＇ That response ＇will be used against you＇ because you appear incapable of delegating, warns Joshua Ehrlich, dean of a master＇s program in utive coaching sponsored by BeamPines Inc., a New York coaching firm and Middlesex University in London.
一些应聘者会给出误以为老板会喜欢的答案，比如，“我的缺点是过于追求完美”。对此埃里奇（Joshua Ehrlich）提醒说，这个回答会对你求职不利，因为它显得你似乎没有能力授权给他人。埃里奇是一个由纽约职业培训机构BeamPines Inc.和伦敦米德塞克斯大学（Middlesex University）合办的经理人硕士班培训项目的负责人。
A careful game plan could help you cope with the shortcoming query in a way that highlights your fit for a desired position. Job seekers who field the question well demonstrate that they can ＇take initiative and improve themselves,＇ Mr. Morrow says.
The key？ Thorough preparation. Career specialists suggest you take stock of your weaknesses, focusing on job-related ones that won＇t impede your ability to perform your duties. Tony Santora, an utive vice president for Right Management, a major outplacement firm in Philadelphia, says an information-technology manager flubbed a 2007 interview by choosing a personal foible as his reply： ＇My true weakness is that I am a terrible cook.＇
关键在哪里？那就是充分的准备。职场专家建议，你可以整理一下自己的缺点，挑出其中跟工作有关、但又不会妨碍你行使工作职责的方面。费城大型职业介绍机构Right Management执行副总裁桑特拉（Tony Santora）说，2007年一位IT经理在参加面试时，在有关缺点的问题上败下阵来：他的回答居然是，“我真正的缺点是，我的烹饪技术很糟糕。”
Rehearse your responses aloud, role play with a friend or videotape yourself——but don＇t memorize your words. As you review the video, look for aspects ＇you would like to change so you can continue to get better as you practice,＇ says Peggy Klaus, a leadership coach in Berkeley, Calif.
广东快乐十分 大声朗读答案，可以找朋友或自己用录像来一番角色扮演。不过，不要背诵自己的答案。加州管理培训师克劳斯（Peggy Klaus）说，回头看录像的时候，找出你觉得可以改善的地方，这样在练习时可以做得更好。
The IT manager changed his tune after practice sessions with fellow job seekers and a counselor in Cincinnati for Right Management. He instead said he worked such long hours that he found it difficult to stay current with world events. So, he spent 30 minutes every evening catching up at home.
广东快乐十分 When the manager pursued an opportunity at a global drug maker, his revamped response ＇really resonated with the interviewer,＇ says Mr. Santora. The manufacturer hired the man.
It＇s equally important that you consider an employer＇s corporate culture. While being interviewed by a start-up, ＇you could say, ＇My weakness is I get bored by routine,＇＇ says Ben Dattner, a New York industrial psychologist.
广东快乐十分 Last month, an aspiring utive director of a nonprofit group in suburban San Francisco nearly jeopardized his selection because his reply to a variation of the weakness question ignored one of its core values, according to Ms. Klaus, a board member there. Near the end of his interview, she wondered whether he might have problems with any aspects of the job. ＇No, I am confident I could do it all,＇ the prospect d.
广东快乐十分 His flip comment dismayed Ms. Klaus, because she felt he lacked awareness of his weaknesses. She says his response raised doubts among board members that ＇he would be able to take critical feedback,＇ an attribute the organization values highly.
Because the man was well-qualified, the board gave him a second interview——and demanded a fuller explanation of his weak spots. He said he had been ＇unprepared for that question and nervous about coming out with a big fatal flaw,＇ then described his tendency to make decisions too fast during workplace crises. Board members＇ doubts disappeared, and they picked him for the nonprofit＇s top