Most job seekers dread the question, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” But if you’re prepared with a great answer, you’ll be able to avoid dreaded silence and deliver a response that leaves a lasting impression.
When interviewers ask this question, they’re looking for two things:
– An honest self-assessment of your skills and abilities
– An indication of whether you’re able to manage difficult situations and grow from setback
The key to delivering a great answer is to focus on your strengths and give an honest but positive response to weaknesses. Here’s how:
What is the Correct Way to Answer This Question?
Strengths: Focus on your professional accomplishments
When thinking about your strengths, focus on your professional accomplishments. What are you proud of achieving in your career? What skills and abilities have you used to succeed in the past?
For example, you might say, “I’m a very strategic thinker. I increased sales in my previous role by 30% after conducting market research and developing a new marketing strategy.”
Weaknesses: Be honest but positive
When it comes to your weaknesses, being honest is essential. But you also want to focus on the positive and emphasize that you’re actively working to improve.
For example, you might say, “I sometimes have trouble staying organized. But I’ve been working on it, and I’ve gotten a lot better. I now use a daily planner to keep track of my tasks and set weekly goals to stay on track.”
Wrap up with a positive statement
Once you’ve answered the question, wrap up with a positive statement. This will leave the interviewer with a good impression of you.
For example, you might say, “Overall, I’m confident in my abilities, and I know that I have the skills and drive to succeed in this role.”
By following these tips, you can deliver a great answer to the question, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” This will help you stand out from other candidates and give you a better chance of landing the job.
Remember these three timeless job interview tips as well:
Research the Company Before the Interview
Make sure you know everything you can about the company before your interview. This will show that you’re interested in the company and motivated to get the job
Dress for Success
First impressions are essential, so make sure you dress for success. Wear clothing that is appropriate for the job and makes you look professional.
Be Prepared to Answer Common Interview Questions
Some questions are asked in almost every interview. Be prepared to answer these common questions so you can make a great impression on the interviewer.
By following these tips, you can make a great impression in your following job interview and increase your chances of getting the job. Good luck!
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