This is one of the difficult interview questions: What would your previous supervisor say you need to work on?
“He would probably tell me to stop checking the clock and start actually doing my work for once.”
Your supervisor may or may not have liked you. It is not important. When you are asked to put yourself in your supervisor’s shoes and critique your work, you should answer this question in the same manner you would answer a “greatest weakness” question.
How to Answer:
“Perfectionist” is not going to work here. Your supervisor will never say you need to work on being too much of a perfectionist. That’s stupid. Instead, pick something extremely minor that doesn’t make you sound like a bad employee. Again, one of the best critiques you can give of yourself is that you “don’t speak up enough in meetings.”
“My supervisor would say I am too much of a perfectionist. That I work too hard. He would tell me to slow down and not experience so much stress from the project.”
No he wouldn’t.
“My supervisor once told me he’d like me to speak up more often at meetings. I tended to keep my thoughts to myself until prompted, but in the interests of open discussion, he would have liked me to be more open with my ideas, so I have been working sharing more easily.”
You picked something that actually could be seen as a flaw, but unless you are applying for a job as lead meetings manager, you are going to be fine. In fact, this type of answer makes it look like you have good ideas. It’s one of the safest answers you can give.
Take Away Interview Tips:
- Give them a real answer
- Make sure the answer isn’t bad