One of the most common—and most difficult questions faced during a job interview is one that many candidates disdain and often consider pointless: “What is your greatest weakness?”We expect that the question will be coming, but often wonder why it is asked in the first place. After all, why would anyone in such an important and pivotal point in a job search candidly confess to their greatest flaws? From the interviewer’s perspective, what value is there is listening to candidates skate around the question during the job interview? If we know that it’s unlikely that a candidate will provide an answer that is completely direct and honest, why ask the question in the first place?The answer is actually very simple. It’s because the way that individuals answer this question during the job interview is very telling. The answer provides insight into an individual’s character. It speaks to their self-awareness and ability to be self-reflective. It is an indicator of the willingness for self-improvement. It demonstrates a level of self-confidence, personal drive, and professional maturity. Every answer reaches well beyond the perceived identification of an area of opportunity.- Sponsor – When conducting the job interview, the ability to gauge character is a critical skill, and tells us a great deal about the quality of the candidate. While the question may be expected, the answers provided can still communicate a great deal of valuable information. Bottom line, the interviewer wants to know what type of person you are to work with, what type of employee you will be to manage, and how you will fit into the working environment.Common MistakesWhile most candidates may anticipate the “weakness” question during the job interview, many still struggle to provide a strong answer. In fact, many will try to outsmart the interviewer with their response, and end up outsmarting themselves. A few common mistakes that candidates can make would include:Trying to spin a desirable quality into a “weakness” response. Many will attempt to take an aspect of performance that they know is typically seen in a positive light and try to spin it as a “weakness.” Some common examples would include:“I’m too much of a perfectionist.”“I care too much about doing a good job.”“Sometimes I work too hard.”Most interviewers quickly see right through this type of response, and see the answer as a way to avoid the question and the heart of the matter at hand. Remember, most good interviewers will not only recognize this avoidance, but will ask follow-up questions that can lead to some uncomfortable outcomes. For example: “What do you mean that you work too hard? Is it too difficult? Do you think you should work less?”Revealing a weakness that raises flags. It can be very difficult to talk about flaws in a situation like a job interview, especially in situations where the candidate is nervous, stressed, or unprepared. Some candidates may end up confessing to a weakness such as:“Sometimes I don’t get along with some of my peers at work.”“Sometimes I have a difficult time getting to work on time.”“Sometimes I have a hard time completing my work assignments.”It can be very difficult to overcome this type of response, as such comments are directly related to performance, and are quite frankly strong reasons not to hire a particular candidate.Failing to provide a real answer. Some candidates will claim that they can’t think of a weakness. Really? You can’t come up with a single area where you can improve? This type of answer typically is seen as an indicator that the candidate isn’t prepared, isn’t being honest, and/or lacks the professional maturity to objectively reflect on their skills, abilities, and career in general.How to Answer the “Weakness” QuestionSo how should you answer the “weakness” question? Let’s start by understanding the reasons why the question is being asked in the first place. Your response isn’t simply based upon the particular weakness—it’s also about your ability to be self-reflective. Can you look at yourself in the mirror and say, “Where can I get better?”As a starting point, understand that if someone is asking you where you can get better, you should expect that there will be a follow-up question: “What are you doing to improve?” Think through this question beforehand as well, and answer that question as part of your response. Demonstrate the desire for professional growth. Immediately show that you recognize the need to improve and are taking steps to get there.Don’t get caught up on the word “weakness.” Search for your personal areas of opportunity and where you would like to improve. This is the question that is at hand, and likely what the interviewer is looking for. Focus on the question and not just a particular word or phrase that you interpret as a negative.Be prepared. Looking at your areas of opportunity is an important aspect of every individual’s professional growth plan. It’s not good enough to play a part—you have to actually be self-reflective in order to reach your professional goals.Be genuine. Don’t simply choose an area of opportunity because it sounds good. While it’s important to be smart about your decision and pick an acceptable subject, look at an area where you sincerely feel that you can get better. This honesty and integrity will make a difference, and will be reflected in the way the information is delivered—and received.Take the initiative to improve. A willingness and motivation to improve will lead to successful outcomes, regardless of the circumstances surrounding a job interview.Every job interview is an opportunity. However, it’s important to remember that we also create our own opportunities, and it’s critical that we take the steps to be prepared. Self-reflection is a critical aspect of professional growth, and is a common characteristic that every company will look for in their leadership. Make the effort, take the steps, and good things will happen. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Dixon and his team also bumped the crossword puzzle a few pages and introduced a new back page infographic, Artifact, which the magazine’s editors describes as “pure observation, a moment grabbed and preserved.” Dixon adds that they “had been looking for the perfect end note to the magazine for a year or so,” and that “this seemed to be the best way to finish off the experience of the issue.”More here …[Editor’s note: For more intelligent design talk, buy Jandos’ new book.] Print has a short behind-the-scenes look at New York’s recent section reshuffling:There’s been some sadness around this office that New York decided to get rid of their High Priority feature, a half-page graphic that opened their listings section each week. Created by a different designer every issue, High Priority showed off the talents of designers new and established, with the only restriction being that the design be done in red, black, and white.* Chris Dixon, the magazine’s design director, jokes that they “ran out of typographers” after three years, but adds on a more serious note that High Priority had a tendency to be “a little removed [from what the magazine was actually recommending] for the reader’s good.” […]
House No. 140, Motijheel police station building at Motijheel commercial area.A plot drawn up by vested quarters to occupy four state-owned houses in the capital, has been foiled.A Pakistani citizen was brought to Bangladesh so he could take over as the owner of these houses. He was speedily issued a birth certificate and passport to facilitate his taking possession of the property.Vice chairman of Beximco Group Salman F Rahman aided and abetted the Pakistani citizen Waqar Ahmed in this dubious plan.One of the houses is Sada Bahar, House No. 104, Road No. 3, Dhanmondi. The house is being now used as the training office of the National Security Intelligence (NSI). Another is house No. 140, the Motijheel police station building.Two others are houses are No. 10, Motijheel and No. 64, Dilkusha. These two houses are leased out to five persons including the owner of Bangladesh Typewriter Mahbubur Rahman and late state minister Ziaul Haque Zia. There are commercial establishments in these two buildings. The buildings are owned by the housing and public works ministry.A bench of justice Mohammed Nuruzzaman and justice SH Mohammed Nurul Huda Jaigirdar passed an order in this regard on 13 April.Speaking to Prothom Alo, assistant attorney general Sukumar Biswas said the papers, which were submitted claiming the ownership of these four houses, were forged. Through the verdict it has been established that no one can claim these houses. These are now abandoned property. These houses were under the control of the government and the government is still the owner of these four houses.In a written statement to Prothom Alo, Beximco Group vice chairman Salman F Rahman denied that fake documents were used to take over the houses illegally.The power of attorney was legally taken. The claimant of these houses Waqar Ahmeds son Gulzar Ahmed was a classmate of Salman F Rahman at Notre Dame College. Gulzar met Salman F Rahman in London recently and asked for his assistance. Salman F Rahman took up legal procedures to help with Gulzar Ahmed.Before independence, when GM Madani was the chairman of DIT (currently Rajuk), he allotted lands to Pakistani citizens in Dhaka city at the market price. Madani allotted the land of these four houses to somebody named Waqar Ahmed in 1960-63. After the independence of Bangladesh, the family of Waqar started to live permanently in Pakistan. These houses were included as abandoned properties as none was claimant of these houses in 1972. In this regard, a gazette was published on 23 September 1986.After the publication of the gazette, a certain Waziuddin was given power of attorney by a forged signature of the previous owner Waqar Ahmed. Through that power of attorney, he filed a case with a civil court in Dhaka on 13 August 1986 challenging the government gazette. He concealed information and filed four cases at the settlement court, claiming that these houses were included among the abandoned properties. He also forged the signature of Waqar in the document.The settlement court in its verdict on 14 October 1992 said these houses were not abandoned properties. Waziuddin, however, could take not over the houses.Earlier, identifying himself as son of Waqar, a certain Firoz Ahmed claimed to be owner of property in Boro Katra of Dhaka (holdings 11 and 13), filed a case and lost the case. He filed a review petition. In the petition, Firoz Ahmed claimed to be only son of Waqar Ahmed and claimed his father has gone to Europe for treatment. But the actual Firoz Ahmed and his father Waqar Ahmed were still in Pakistan. Waziuddin made these forged records.Dhanmondi police arrested Waziuddin as the leader of a land forgery gang on 12 July 2007. He confessed to police that he occupied land through fake documents. After remaining in jail for a couple of days, he died in 2010. Waziuddins family now lives in a house on Road No 7 in Dhanmondi. His son Ekabbor Hossain is an Awami League member of parliament from Tangail-7. He said he knows nothing about the land and has no interest in it.A new chapterAlthough these houses were under the occupation of the government, the verdict of the settlement court was in favour of Waziuddin. As a result, the houses were dropped from the abandoned property list. Then certain influential quarters grabbed this opportunity. They brought Waqar Ahmed to Bangladesh from Pakistan.According to the verdict, Beximco Group vice chairman Salman F Rahman used the letterhead of the group to write to the home ministry on 8 March 2015, asking them to issue a visa to Waqar Ahmed. The home ministry accordingly sent a recommendation to Bangladesh High Commission in Karachi to issue a visa to Waqar. Waqar came to Bangladesh on flight PK-266 on a five-day visit on 13 April. On that very day, he received a birth certificate as a citizen of Bangladesh from Zone 1 of Dhaka South City Corporation. But he submitted the photocopy of his national identity card as a permanent resident of Pakistan when taking the visa for Bangladesh.The verdict also said Waqar applied for a machine readable passport (MRP) passport on 15 April within two days after arriving in Bangladesh. He himself, however, did not go to the passport office. Citing illness, he applied and his fingerprint was taken from a residence. The passport was issued in his favour on that very day.Director general of the immigration and passport directorate Major General Masud Rezwan said a written passport was issued in favour of Waqar Ahmed in 2007. The MRP was issued based on that passport.Asked how Waqar was given a Bangladeshi passport being a citizen of Pakistan, the DG said an investigation is underway in this regard. Waqar Ahmed did not come to Bangladesh after independence. The directorate of immigration and passport could not explain how the passport was issued in favour of Waqar Ahmed in 2007. The directorate is also investigating this.The permanent address Waqar Ahmed mentioned in his passport belongs to Rabeya Khatun, wife Abu Yunus. A security guard of the residence in the capitals Azimpur said no one named Waqar lived in the house.The phone number Waqar used in filing his passport papers is now used by Beximco Group senior manager Tasnin Hossain.When Tasnin was contacted over phone, he said, Waqar is the friend of my boss. I cant tell you more than that.The emergency address Waqar stated in his passport is a flat in a multi-storey building in Eskaton. The residents of the building said on Tuesday that the flat belongs to Beximco Group. But, papers say the flats owner is Jupiter Business Limited. The owner of the Jupiter is Mushfiqur Rahman. The flat, however, has been kept locked for one and a half years.The verdict of the court says Waqar Ahmed applied for the power of attorney with the sub-registrar office, immediately after receiving the passport. He also met the secretary of the housing and public works.The sub-registrar sent the power of attorney appeal to the inspector general of registration, saying such appeals are not issued as per rules. Waqar went back to Karachi on 17 April.Waqar, according to the verdict, appointed Ivy Real Estate Limited managing director Mushfiqur Rahman. From court documents, the address of the Ivy Real Estate is in Road 1, Dhanmondi. This is the address of Bell Tower, an office of Beximco.An investigation officer of the case said Mushfiqur was an employee of Beximco Group but he left his job two years ago.The government filed a writ petition on 4 May 2015 after Waqars power of attorney appeal.According to the writ petition, the verdict the settlement court passed was based on fake documents. Because, Waqar Ahmed submitted his passport to the housing and public works ministry on 18 June 2015 but he was invited to Bangladesh on 8 March.He came to Bangladesh using a Pakistani passport. While taking a Bangladeshi visa, he gave information that he has been living in Pakistan since 1952.The verdict also says the settlement court passed the verdict going beyond its jurisdiction. And so, the buildings will be considered as abandoned.Asked whether there would be any criminal case for occupying the governments property, attorney generalMahbubey Alam told Prothom Alo, This isnt my work. But this is true that those who claimed the property have lost (the case).In a written statement, Salman F Rahman told Prothom Alo, Nowhere in the High Court verdict was it mentioned that Waqar Ahmeds documents were fake. The attorney general tried to prove Waqar a Pakistani citizen. But even the AG nowhere in his statement said those documents fake.Salman F Rahman, ruling Awami League president Sheikh Hasinas adviser, did not comment on Waqars activities like quick issuance of Bangladeshi passport, managing Bangladeshi birth certificate and using of Beximcos address.The four building are still in the possession of the government. According to the court verdict, the houses have been abandoned property since independence of Bangladesh.Executive director of the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Iftekharuzzaman told Prothom Alo that many influential people try to become owners of property using fraudulent ways.Sometimes they are successful in their attempts. However, these four houses will remain an example that if concerned persons are conscious, they can protect government property, he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam and Imam Hossain
Student held over ‘telephone conversation’ with BNP leader Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury. Photo: UNBThe High Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury in two cases filed for ‘instigating’ the student movement over road safety and ‘conspiring’ against the state.An HC bench of justice Muhammad Abdul Hafizand justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after the BNP leader surrendered before the court and prayed for bail in the cases.Of the cases, one was filed with Shahbagh police station in the capital and the other with Kotwali police station in Chattogram on 4 August.Khosru was sued as a reported audio clip of his telephonic conversation with a boy over intensifying the recent student movement went viral on Facebook and YouTube on 4 August.
Children traveling with a caravan of migrants from Central America stand on the beach and near the border fence between Mexico and the US, prior to preparations for an asylum request in the US, in Tijuana, Mexico on 29 April 2018. Photo: ReutersThe Trump administration will soon begin fingerprinting parents claiming custody of children who entered the United States illegally without an adult relative, officials said on Tuesday, prompting criticism that children may be abandoned by those who fear being identified and deported.Currently, most parents are not required to be fingerprinted to get custody of their children.US laws and legal precedent limit the time juveniles can be detained, so those caught crossing the border alone are often released to adult sponsors in the United States. The children are then expected to show up to immigration court to fight their deportation cases.“We’re going to more thoroughly vet sponsors,” said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families, in a telephone briefing with reporters.“With DHS’ cooperation we will conduct a fingerprint-based background check on every sponsor.”HHS is ultimately responsible for finding housing for migrant children, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforces immigration policy.Under a new memorandum, DHS would help HHS fingerprint every individual claiming custody of a child, senior officials said.A DHS official who declined to be named said they expect implementation in a few weeks.Immigrant advocates said the new policy would discourage parents from claiming their children.“This policy will undoubtedly make it more likely that qualified sponsors will hide in the shadows, leaving vulnerable young children to languish in immigration jail,” said Rich Leimsider, executive director of the Safe Passage Project, which represents immigrant children in New York, in an email to Reuters.Wagner, during the briefing, dismissed such concerns.“If somebody is unwilling to claim their child from custody because they’re concerned about their own immigration status, I think that de facto calls into question whether they’re an adequate sponsor and whether we should be releasing the child to that person,” Wagner said.In March and April, more than 50,000 people were detained per month trying to cross the southwest border illegally, levels similar to those during the administration of Barack Obama, according to US government figures. During those two months a total of about 8,400 unaccompanied minors were caught on the southwest border.Soon after president Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, border crossings briefly dropped to record lows before creeping back up again at the end of last year. The increase has frustrated Trump, who has repeatedly called for more action.A controversy erupted after Wagner testified in April before a Senate committee that the agency in 2016 conducted a limited “safety and well-being” call to around 7,600 children that had been in its care but was unable to locate around 1,500 children and their sponsors.On Tuesday, Wagner said many children are with people who are in the country illegally and that “there’s no reason to believe that anything has happened to those kids.”Currently, all sponsors of unaccompanied children undergo an interview and a background check, and non-parental sponsors undergo fingerprint checks of a Federal Bureau of Investigation database. In special cases, such as when there is a “documented risk” to the safety of the child, parents will undergo fingerprint checks as well, according to the HHS website.Background checks and interviews may turn up immigration information, which is entered into an HHS web portal, but immigration status is not used to disqualify sponsors. HHS cannot “deny placement” based on immigration status, Wagner said.From January 2014 to April 2015, 60 per cent of unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were released to a parent, about a third were released to other relatives, 8 per cent to family friends and less than 1 per cent was released to unrelated sponsors, according to a 2018 Government Accountability Office report.During the Obama administration, officials at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement proposed that anyone claiming custody of unaccompanied alien children be fingerprinted. HHS officials at the time pushed back, arguing that it would delay family reunions and infringe upon the parent-child relationship.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will return home from London on Thursday wrapping up her official visit to the United Kingdom.“The prime minister will depart London this afternoon (local time) and reach Dhaka tomorrow morning [Thursday] Bangladesh time,” PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told BSS over phone from London on Wednesday.Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) sources said here a Biman Bangladesh Airlines VVIP flight carrying the prime minister will leave from Heathrow International Airport in London for Dhaka at 6:20pm (London time) today.The flight is scheduled to land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka tomorrow morning, the sources said.Sheikh Hasina went to London on 19 July.During her stay in London, the PM attended the Bangladeshi envoys’ conference on 20 July.Commonwealth secretary general Patricia Scotland QC and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon separately called on Sheikh Hasina in the British capital.On 22 July, the prime minister underwent a successful surgery in her left eye at a London hospital, the press secretary said.
As far as tech gadgets are concerned, it seems like iPhones and BlackBerry’s have all the popularity. But in the world of small-business owners (and consumers), netbook computers, with prices below $500, are increasingly popular.They’re small, affordable and functional–once you get used to the small screens and keyboards. As your company is looking into what technology to invest in, consider issuing a netbook with wireless broadband to every employee who travels.For the last two weeks, I’ve been using hosted applications exclusively, and in some ways, the experience is better than using software. One thing’s for sure: There’s a lot less to backup.The benefit of using a netbook with hosted applications is that the netbook becomes an almost disposal appliance, like a cell phone. If it’s lost or stolen, there’s no worry about data being compromised. As long as the user has access to the internet, they can access all the applications they need online.In some scenarios, using traditional software is a must. For example, try editing or viewing more than a handful of photographs online. It’s too slow.We live in a world still dominated by Microsoft Office applications. So, depending on your employees’ day-to-day work, they might have to use Word, PowerPoint or Excel and save the file to a local hard disk. But having it automatically backed up to a server or using a system such as eGnytewill ensure that everything saved to the local drive is instantly available online and easily shared with their colleagues.It’s very important that you ensure your company can also harness the world of wireless mobility and hosted applications. Your traditional server can provide remote file access or, using services such as Box.net, HyperOffice, WebExand other solutions, you can pay a low monthly fee and have file sharing features, collaboration and so much more. 2 min read Listen Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. April 16, 2009