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Weakness and how you overcome it


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That's a behavioral interview question. ;) Your answer will have to be personal and relevant to your own life; you can't simply take someone else's answer and run with it since it won't be sincere and you might be surprised by follow-up questions. Surely you've had a moment in your life where you've faced a weakness in ability, school, work, etc. What did you do to overcome it or make it easier on yourself? Stand there with your head in the mud? Of course not...

 

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I am having issues tackling this question. Does anyone have any ideas?

 

Sounds like you are having some weakness tackling the question of how you overcome weakness.

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Sometimes your biggest strength can also be your biggest weakness. For me it's the fact that I'm a very good ER nurse. I feel there is nothing that comes through those doors that I can't handle, I'm good at it. I always had the sickest patients, the worst trauma's the most unstable challenging cases where given to me. Now that I'm in PA school and once I finished and start working, wherever I end up, I have to remember the staff working with me knows how to do their job. As I transition from a caregiver to a provider I have to step back and let the medical assistants or nurses do their job and not watch over their shoulder to see if they are doing it how I would do it. I still know that will be a weakness from me, not from an interview questions standpoint but from a real world situations that I will face. It's hard to admit weakness, I wasn't taught to admit weakness, to admit defeat but it's something that I must learn if I'm going to serve my patients and give them the best of me that I can.

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In the arena of interviews, be prepared for the follow up question addressing your "weakness". If I sat on an interview panel and an applicant said "I make other peoples' problems my problems" my first thought would be "an emotional patient will steer this guy anywhere they want him to go...can control him" which would lead me to ask about your views on poly-pharm/poly-narcotic using patients and how do you plan to deal with them...Am not saying your answer is weak...it's good to have weaknesses and it's even better to recognize them. Just be prepared with another answer to field the follow up question that may be asked. The more you speak, the more doors you leave for the interviewers to open...guide the interview with your answers. Show them that you recognize your weakness and how you are dealing with it.

 

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Explain your true weekness and let them know that you are very well aware of it. Tell them that you are working on it and how your weekness is impacting on you and others by making simple points - to admit a weekness and to struggle to overcome it is a sign of strength. Don't let them think that you don't know how to overcome a simple problem like this. Be sincere, take it as a casual discussion b/w teacher and a student. Believe in youself, interview isnot the end of the world. I remember how I broke the ice by introducing myself and asking about them and their roal as PA specialist. It was a two way conversation, I made it very casual. I was not tense at all b/c I knew we all are humans, we all made mistakes, nobody is superior or perfect except God.

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