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Lying and steeling

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Strip by: Ian Boreham

{A job interview. The interviewer speaks.}
Interviewer: Finally, could you tell me: What would you say is your biggest weakness?

{The interviewee is Superman, as his alter ego, Clark Kent. The question has hit him hard.}
Clark Kent (thinks): Weakness? Why do they always have to ask about weakness??

{Clark's world goes dark as he continues his internal struggle.}
Clark Kent (thinks): I'm not weak. It's just a stupid rock! I'M NOT WEAK!!!

{Clark puts a brave face on it, and covers up his emotional turmoil with a glib answer.}
Clark Kent: Ah, haha... My biggest weakness is my perfectionism. Yep, that's my kryptonite, all right. Ehehe...

The author writes:

I'm not quite sure why Superman needed an alter ego, but if you're going to play a guy who works in an office, I guess you have to do job interviews.

The "What is your greatest weakness?" question seemed to be very popular a few decades back, and apparently still is, according to Google. For the life of me, I can't think why. Even when I was getting careers counselling at school, they would tell us about this question, and how you should turn it around by answering something positive, like "I'm a perfectionist".

It seemed to be just a silly game played between the interviewer and interviewee, and I don't really see the point. Maybe it's good for choosing sales staff - you want to see how well they lie under pressure.

Thanks to DMM for suggesting the idea.

Drawn in Krita and Inkscape.