Aug 08, 2018 - 08:45 PM
When you answer this type of question, you may want to skip over the weakness portion. However, employers use your answer to the entire question to gage your confidence and temperament. If you can't admit you have flaws, the hiring manager may see you as arrogant.
Try to keep your answer to this question relevant to the job you want to get. This means you may want to mention strengths and weaknesses that impact how you do your job.
While you want to answer the question honestly, you should avoid emphasizing your weaknesses too much. Also avoid pointing out a flaw that makes you unsuitable for the job. You can manage to deemphasize your weaknesses by giving these qualities a positive vibe.
To help you feel better prepared for the interview, you should practice answering this and other commonly asked questions. Ask a friend to serve as your mock interviewer to make the simulation even better.
Apr 05, 2019 - 04:12 PM
Saying that you are a hard worker as a strength will not impress an interviewer. Everyone believes himself or herself to be a hard worker. Saying that a weakness of yours is that you get stressed when someone drops the ball and you miss a deadline will not impress the interviewer. Blaming others for your stress sounds immature and unprofessional.
When you discuss a weakness, consider an answer along these lines: "I often believe I can solve any problem on my own." Then, turn that example answer into a positive by saying: "But I’ve learned from experience that I do need the help of others, and by collaborating more, I now have a better plan about who to call on, and when, so that I don’t try to take on the world by myself."
When talking about a strength, talk about how your interests or passions can benefit others, or an organization. You can say something like: "I’m always interested in the latest technology, and I’ve been able to teach team members about new apps or software to help them work better and smarter." Just be sure to not go too overboard when discussing your greatest strengths – you don't want to come off as cocky, or too full of yourself.