What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?
HINTS AND TIPS ON HOW TO ANSWER THE INTERVIEW QUESTION:
Most of us at some point in our career will have been asked by the interviewer about your personal strengths and weaknesses. Lots of candidates are not sure how to answer this question. Here are some hints and tips that can help guide you and help you give interviewer an insightful answer that highlights yourself reflection and why they should hire you. Your focus should be on being self-aware, and wanting to improve, its best be honest and not to be to humble or over exaggerate, ensure your strengths support the job description and show you as the stand out candidate; the one to hire.
Preparing for the question, even if you aren’t asked specifically about your strengths and weaknesses will help you think clearly and objectively about what you bring to the table and why you are the right person for the job.
WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES
Start with your weakness first so that you can end on a positive note.
Always use examples when answering this question, it brings the answer alive and helps the interviewer relate to you as a person
Try to structure your answer in a way that’s it is easy to follow the narrative
- Outline your weakness.
- Give an example of when this has impacted in your professional life
- Talk about what you did to overcome the issue and how that played out at work
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS
When talking about your strengths is hard not to feel that you are bragging, but this is a job interview and the interviewer has asked you to tell them about your strengths so go for it! Try not to exaggerate, but find a balance between humility and boasting.
- Outline your strength
- Give an example of when your strengths have positively impacted you professionally
- Talk about how what you did to maximise the impact using your strength at work played out – both for you and members of your team and the organisation
Use the job description to choose your strengths so that they are relevant to the role. Follow the same format as weakness explain your strength and give the context. Provide the context for your strengths, be specific about which qualities you bring to the job and make you stand out as the best applicant.
Prepare for the question and practice your answer, explain weaknesses as learning opportunities and challenges that you’ve overcome and strengths into the reason you’re why the company should hire you.
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