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What Are Your Strengths And Weaknesses?

What Are Your Strengths And Weaknesses?

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At some point during an interview, the Hiring Manager may ask you to lay out your strengths and weaknesses as an attempt to get to know you. It can be difficult not to sound prideful or self-depreciating while answering this question, therefore, candidates may be unsure of how exactly to tackle this problem. However, candidates can give recruiting managers a truthful, comprehensive response by setting the correct context, which illustrates both your self-awareness and professionalism. Being prepared and aware of tips and tricks for the interview and finally, this inevitable question can ensure that a calculated response is given rather than accidentally blurting out information that is not beneficial to be shared. 

There are two ways candidates may be asked about their weaknesses and strengths – as one question or two separate questions. During the former, it is best to speak about negatives first to ensure that the answer ends positively. When addressing drawbacks, it is important to start with a true answer and afterwards address its’ relevance from that point onwards. Recruiters who ask about weaknesses in interview are not judging the candidate but are trying to understand how the candidate confronted challenges in the past. Therefore, picking a response that is not an essential attribute or skill set for the role is necessary to ensure the hiring manager does not completely denounce you as a potential candidate. Additionally, conveying that those drawbacks are being actively taken care of can help to continue being in the recruiter’s good books.

When it comes to strengths, it is a complex endeavour to show humility while showing self-assuredness. Therefore, the same rules can be applied completely conversely. Meaning it is best to stick to naming skills or abilities that fall in line with the job profile requirements. Avoid giving answers that are personal and not professional, no matter how grand it may seem.Certain examples of universally appealing strengths are leadership, collaboration, team spirit, multi-tasking and time management. If previous experiences align with these traits or expertise, telling a story or giving an example will make you stand out, as it is certain to create a lasting impression.

Lastly, it is important to not spend a copious amount of time on either question. Talking about advantages too much can seem like a brag, and the opposite can show insecurity. However, with adequate preparation and practice, a perfect balance can be achieved in answering the question « What Are Your Strengths And Weaknesses?. » Therefore, while organizing responses, transform failings into obstacles that have been resolved in the past and reinforce them as reasons why you are suitable for the position.

References :

  1. How To Handle The ‘What’s Your Greatest Weakness?’ Interview Question, June 11, 2019, Forbes.