“No, I didn’t download you off the Internet,
I gave birth to you. End of discussion!”
|I have been asked this question in just about every interview I’ve been to. If I answered truthfully I’d be committing interview suicide (e.g. can you imagine saying something like “I have a bad web surfing habit”) and if I make something up like “I work too long hours” I seem like a suck-up. I think, rather than asking me to self-incriminate the question is actually designed to evaluate my ability to deal with awkward questions.|
These are the choice of answers:
- Evade the question
- Answer with a lie using a weakness that is actually a strength
- Answer truthfully (because I have low self confidence this would expose a huge set of weaknesses: I’m bad at communicating at a very technical level, I’m a slow learner, I have a bad memory, I can’t think fast on the spot, I don’t like public speaking, I’m lacking in written skills, I have zero general knowledge, etc, etc)
- Answer with a true but mild weakness (e.g. I like to focus on a small area and dig a niche for myself, therefore I can lack the global picture).
I think the best solution is to start with choice 1 and actually talk about how this question is a trick and then finish off with choice 4 to show a bit of sincerity.