We all have Strengths and Weaknesses concerning a particular thing or things, we most times use the strengths to win when the weaknesses strike . On this part, Your strengths and Weaknesses both count, during a job interview. You’re likely asked what your strengths and weaknesses are, this is most times the part of the interview where we wouldn’t even want to get to ,or ,would want to just vanish into thin air.
Getting to know the both and placing them well to be able to analyse them theoretically and practically to the interviewer most times gets him or her more interested in you.
*STRENGTH*: Only you can answer this question, but the interviewer just wants to know what you’re good at. This question gives you pretty much an open mandate to really show off or to speak. When answering this question try and provide strengths that relate to the role that you are applying for. Therefore, if the job requires the need to be a good team leader provide these as strength with your answer. When mentioning your strengths to the interviewer, with just a little bit of preparation, you could as well be in charge of selling your strengths without sounding egotistical. Your greatest strength happens to be a skill you need, to do the job.
Your greatest strength sets you apart from other potential candidates.
You show off your communication skills when you provide the answer.
*WHY DO INTERVIEWERS ASK QUESTIONS?
All interviews are about getting to know a person, be it a candidate or, just for intelligence gathering purposes. Some people feel like the interview is trying to sweep them off guard or put them in an awkward position. But at the end of the day, it’s really getting to know you, in order to enable you make the best decision you can . In this case,the actual strengths and weaknesses you bring up, probably matters less than how you emphasise on them. Usually, it’s seems you forget answers to common personal questions, being asked by the interviewers simply because you’re tensed and very uncomfortable about it. But, that doesn’t really mean the questions are not important too . What the interviewer is evaluating likely goes deeper than which specific strength or weakness you cite. They’re always concerned about what image of an employee you would pose.
“STRENGTHS TO MENTION”
Here are some strengths you can mention;
Multitasking skills, etc
Strengths are work related skills that you need to do the job.
So, the best place to start (as always) is your job offer.
Don’t forget, your strength at a point in time must have solved a pressing issue ,and not saying otherwise .
Integrity is a wonderful strength as well.
Continuous learning is a strength that makes the employer feel you are open to correction and can grow on the job.
“WEAKNESS” This is a tricky question, the most comprehensive way of dealing with this question is to try and turn it positive from a negative. So you could say “my biggest weakness is not being able to give up if my task is not completed yet”. When talking about weaknesses, be sure to talk about something you know you are working on to be better at. Something you admit to the fact that it’s your weakness . Make it known to the interviewer that you are making substantial efforts in curtailing such weakness.
Preparation and having a response ready are paramount to a successful job interview. When thinking about your weaknesses, it’s essential to choose attributes that you are proactively working on or demonstrate steps you are taking to turn that weakness into a strength.
Telling a relevant story or elaborating on how you are working to change this weakness can only strengthen your case.
If you cannot identify how to find your weaknesses, turn to a friend or close coworker to help you determine what you can improve on. Always remember that weaknesses are not permanent, and just because you have a few weaknesses does not mean that you are doomed.
Being able to identify areas of improvement demonstrates that you are a well-rounded candidate.
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I hope this article helps in your next interview. Is there any strength or weaknesses you think we might have missed, please let us know in the comment section.