How to Answer the most Common Interview Question; What are your strengths and Weaknesses?

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Interviews, for some, can be very daunting. We overthink and overprepare ourselves for this moment that we forget to think about ourselves and how to answer simple/personal questions.  How to say your best and worst traits about yourself professionally can be very challenging.

You have come to the right place! Below are some strategies to help overcome these common fearful interview moments.

Strengths and weaknesses are different for almost every job. What could be a strength for one job applicant may be considered a weakness for another candidate. In general, there are some strengths and weaknesses you should—and shouldn’t—mention during a job interview.

Mention Skills You Have Improved

Discuss skills that you have improved upon during your previous job or that you are actively working on improving. This shows the interviewer that you’re committed to self-improvement.

Turn a Negative into a Positive

Perhaps you find yourself with an attention to detail that leads you to triple-check every item on a spreadsheet and proofread every email you send twice. Regardless of what you say, it is critical to indicate that you are mindful of this trait and capable of preventing it from interfering with your productivity.

What is Your Strength?

Here are some examples of strengths. Which ones do you identify with? Can you think of more that have helped you shine in your career?

  • Good communicator
  • Team player
  • Time management abilities
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ability to perform under pressure

What Are Your Weaknesses?

Here are a few examples of common career weaknesses.

  • Wanting to control too many aspects of a situation
  • Procrastination
  • Inability to self-regulate, leading to burnout
  • Disorganised
  • Impatient

Why employers ask strengths and weaknesses interview questions

Employers ask you about your strengths and weaknesses to get to know you. You might look the same on paper as the next candidate, but how you answer these questions will be a unique indicator of your personality in other words, it’ll help the employer set you apart from other applicants.

Show, don’t tell

Simply telling them you’re a team player or a perfectionist isn’t particularly helpful. Instead, show them your strengths and weaknesses by sharing relevant experiences.

STAR method responses have four parts:

  • A situation or event you were in
  • The task or role you held in that situation
  • The action you took to address the situation
  • The positive result this achieved

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