Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:I think I bombed an interview. I was asked what my most recent supervisor would have said my greatest flaw was. I told her that I had never received any sort of criticism from my previous supervisor and was unsure. The attorney then asked what I would have said my greatest flaw in that job was. I talked about how rigid my schedule was and how I couldn't help cover other shifts because of class, which made me feel guilty when people were ill or had emergencies. The attorney laughed and said that wasn't a flaw because it was out of my control. Attorney then asked what my greatest character flaw in general is. All of the weaknesses I had come up with in advance in response to a possible "what's your greatest weakness" question weren't exactly character flaws. I feel like I have pretty good character. I then randomly said I really like to make everyone happy, which is difficult at times when you know that you can't give someone the answer they want. Attorney then scribbled notes furiously on my resume.
"What is your biggest weakness" is the biggest TTT question ever. Though some people will ask it, so you should have a response to it.
OP here. I do have a weakness I came up with but not what one would consider a character flaw. What is a good example of an acceptable character flaw to mention?
I actually kind of feel like the "I am too awesome" kind of answers do come off as lazy and a bit generic (just my opinion, don't shoot me!). I've been turning it into a 'what I learned this summer' kind of thing... My answer actually goes something like 'I've been having to learn to evolve from the law student perspective of simply finding a legal answer and sticking to it, to using that answer to add value to the business and figure out what level of risk might be acceptable to them' (because I'm working in-house this summer). This isn't threatening to firms because they do business by finding the legal answer and avoiding all risk (so your 'weakness' is exactly the kind of risk averseness they are looking for), but you show that you are working hard to get to know your role within the place you're spending the summer and trying to evolve your skills to be an asset. That's just me, though.
Thoughts? Any other answers that you guys like? I have the most trouble with 'tell me something about you that's not on your resume' question. At my most recent interview, my waffling resulted in the bizarre note 'likes haggis' being written on my resume for that one...