My theory says that smart people will always land in trouble. Being honest may also go against you – just because the person you’re being honest to is an idiot. I was shocked to learn how idiotic can Indian Interviewers (obviously from IT Industry) be. Here’s an experience shared by a friend who attended campus interview for a reputed IT company-
Interviewer: Tell me about your weakness..
Friend: I’m not very good at planning, especially when it comes to planning my tasks within a very short time. I’m however trying to learn it by observing few people who I think are very good at it…
Interviewer: Never give that answer to anyone. Let me give you five weaknesses and you pick up one from them.
I personally know a few interviewers (who were my colleagues) who only wanted the hackneyed answers – “My impatience is my weakness”, “I am a workaholic”, “I just don’t say ‘no’ until I get my work done” … sounding as if their weakness is a great asset to the recruiting company!
What’s wrong if someone is totally honest? What’s wrong if someone is aware of their weakness and working on it?
What’s your take?