What's your answer to this classic residency interview question?

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I'm sure at some point during the conversation- what are your strengths and weaknesses will be asked. How does one answer the weaknesses part of the stem? I'm debating between saying either kryptonite or virgin's blood.... :)
 
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Do that annoying thing where you turn your weakness into a positive.
 

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Do that annoying thing where you turn your weakness into a positive.
You don't necessarily have to turn it into a positive (like 'I care too much' or 'I'm too hard working'), but you should not let it leave a sour taste in the interviewers mouth. For instance, you shouldn't say something like 'I often leave things unfinished'.

My tactic is to use a real weakness, and explain what I'm doing to work on it. In my case, public speaking--I have a few anecdotes of disastrous speaking incidents, and emphasize what I have been doing to get over my fear and to become a better speaker. You could say 'I have some difficulty with organization, but have been working on a system that allows me to make sure I complete all my work in a timely manner'.
 
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You don't necessarily have to turn it into a positive (like 'I care too much' or 'I'm too hard working'), but you should not let it leave a sour taste in the interviewers mouth. For instance, you shouldn't say something like 'I often leave things unfinished'.

My tactic is to use a real weakness, and explain what I'm doing to work on it. In my case, public speaking--I have a few anecdotes of disastrous speaking incidents, and emphasize what I have been doing to get over my fear and to become a better speaker. You could say 'I have some difficulty with organization, but have been working on a system that allows me to make sure I complete all my work in a timely manner'.
Awareness/insight and doing something about it. Perfect.
 
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Be honest. As long as your weakness is something that you can show improvement on, you can use it. My weakness was interrupting people, and I've worked on that.
 
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Acute traumatic blood loss. It's why I work in the ED. I'm about 10 seconds away from the rapid transfuser.
 
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How about setting high standards/ trying to aim for perfection and then being too hard on onself when things dont go according to plan? ( this is genuine weakness, always felt that my projects / tests/ werent 'that good' and then berating myself.) Its not lack of confidence ( or is it?)
 
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