Aug 10, 2018 - 06:53 PM
When you go to answer an inquiry about your different strengths and weaknesses, you can focus on personality traits as well as technical skills. Check out our question guide to get a better understanding of how you can craft a standout answer to this tough question.
Try to keep your answer focused on the job you want to get. This may mean mentioning strengths required for the job or pointing out weaknesses that actually have a positive side to them. Consider the following examples of strengths presented as weaknesses as you try to form your own answer:
• Too demanding of self
• Conform to the wishes of coworkers
• Focused on doing things own way
• Come on too strong
As you try to pick out what you're going to say, remember to avoid focusing too much on your weaknesses. You want to land a job, which means you should emphasize what you do well.
Jan 08, 2019 - 03:04 PM
The strengths and weaknesses you focus on discussing have got to be your strengths and weaknesses. Don't just read off a list of strengths and weaknesses based on some vague definition of what an ideal employee might look like.
Your strengths need to reinforce and amplify the accomplishments that you included in your resume. In the interview those strengths need to come to life, giving the hiring manager confidence that your strengths will benefit the organization.
Your weaknesses should show that you acknowledged something that was interfering with your performance, took steps to address it, and ultimately achieved favorable results. Hiring managers want to see that you are aware of your behaviors, and are continually working to improve yourself. Use the STAR technique to illustrate both strengths and weaknesses.
And, don’t use clichés or sham weaknesses such as, "I overcommit," "I am a perfectionist," or "I am too much of a people-pleaser." Interviewers have heard responses like these dozens of times; you will impress no one with a response like these.