What are some of your strengths and weaknesses that cross over into different areas of work (e.g., time management, teamwork, customer service)?
I have many weaknesses and strengths that stem from each area, but I suppose the most prominent would be that I am a very dedicated person. I have quite a big ego, and work very hard to succeed. I’ve tried to keep it at a level where people can respect me, but I also know that it’s also important to see other people as friends, or at least colleagues. The thing is, I feel like I’m always seeing things from both perspectives. I’m really a lot more than meets the eye.
I have tried to make sure that those who I work with are successful, and they know that they are my priority. I have also tried to get them to help me, especially during my time of training.
One of my greatest strengths would be that I am very productive and meticulous. This is probably one of the reasons why I sometimes get frustrated when things don’t go well for me, because these traits are such a big part of what makes me who I am.
One of my weaknesses, especially in work and life in general, is that I am extremely impatient. I want to get things done right away. I’m always ready to help out, but sometimes it takes me a while to get there and do the things that need to be done. I can never leave well enough alone, as I tend to always try to fix problems as quick as possible. Some people think that my aggressiveness is a weakness, but I see it as the way I was brought up.
What have you done in past roles that demonstrate your ability to be successful in a cross-functional environment?
It’s interesting, because I’ve never worked in a cross-functional environment. One of the things that I’ve often thought about is that every job has its own specific requirements, and it’s important to have a firm understanding of what those are before taking on any role. When I was applying for this specific job, I saw that it required a lot of different skills and competencies. I made sure to focus on the things that have always come easily to me, like leadership and a team spirit; but also worked very hard in the areas where I knew my weaknesses lay.
I’ve never played quite so many roles in a single organization before this job, but I think that really makes me a good candidate. When you’re given the chance to step out of your comfort zone, you have to do it. You gain experience with every additional angle you approach an issue from. That’s what I bring to a cross-functional environment—a diverse set of skills and abilities gained from working on both ends of every issue.