You are a well-brought-up person with perfect manners, or at least you aspire to be. You probably know that the rudest thing you can do is to call out, mention or acknowledge another person’s bad behavior!
When someone is rude to you, the best thing to do is to smile and ignore the impolite behavior. As a well-brought-up person, that’s what you will do when you run into rudeness on the job search trail.
Sadly, I can almost guarantee that you will run into rude interviewers asking terribly impolite and intrusive questions.
Here are five of the most insulting questions an interviewer can ask you. All five of them are very common.
Interviewers are badly trained. Somewhere along the line, somebody taught them that in the business world, it’s okay to ask people questions you would never dream of asking someone you were meeting for the first time in any other setting.
We would never presume to ask someone at the gym, the grocery store, a block party or a place of worship “So, what’s your greatest weakness?”
We all know that information is very personal.
Yet job interviewers ask the question “What’s your greatest weakness?” many times every week. They think nothing of it, because they’ve been brainwashed to believe that their position gives them the right to trample over social boundaries.
Their position doesn’t give them that right. They lower themselves every time they forget their manners to treat job applicants like a lower life form.
Here’s a better way to interview candidates.
Here are polite answers to the “weakness” question and four other shockingly rude interview questions you are sure to hear during your job search.
You are too polite to call out an interviewer for trampling on social boundaries. Take a deep breath, smile and answer each question without stooping to grovel and beg for the job.
What’s your greatest weakness?
Why this question is rude
This question is rude because your greatest weaknesses are nobody’s business but your own — and that’s if we accept the idea that everyone has weaknesses. Why must we accept that idea? I don’t think you have any weaknesses, and I don’t think I have any weaknesses either!
I think everyone is born perfectly equipped to carry out their mission on earth. If someone else thinks we are born flawed and defective, that’s their hang-up — what does it have to do with you?
How to answer this question
Them: What’s your greatest weakness?
You: I’d have to say ‘chocolate!’
Them: Ha-ha, but seriously, what is your greatest weakness?
You: I’m very focused on getting better at things I’m already good at, like graphic design, rather than investing energy in getting ever so slightly better at things I was never meant to do — like using Excel spreadsheets, for instance.