This morning, I attended a Hacking Happiness session organized by the OpenIDEO Barcelona Chapter. OpenIDEO is IDEO's platform for open innovation. Their goal is to solve complex challenges in society by using design thinking as a tool. Design thinking allows practically anyone to find innovative solutions to problems in a human-centered, yet feasible and viable, way (IDEO).
We have all heard this question in a job interview, either when interviewing for a job as the candidate or we have asked it as the interviewer. Indeed, "what's your biggest weakness?" or sometimes, "what are THREE of your biggest weaknesses?" is still one of the most commonly asked questions in job interviews. It is so common that many recruiters and hiring managers just keep asking it in the interviews without ever stopping to think of its purpose.
Do you have any questions for us? Anyone who has ever interviewed for a job has most likely been asked this question. The reason interviewers like to ask this question is not only because they might want to be courteous toward you by clearing your doubts. No, the real reason why most interviewers offer to answer your questions is because they want to hear what kind of questions you have.
If you have ever been job hunting, you know how frustrating the application process can be. You spend hours looking for positions and writing customized applications to impress the recruiters and hiring managers. You dedicate all that time and get your hopes up only to receive an automated "thank you, but no thank you" email or, in most cases, no response at all. You feel disappointed because you were so sure that you were the right person for that job.