EXPLAINING YOUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
When discussing your strengths, the interviewer is interested in candidates who explain strengths needed to perform the job they are applying for. It would be beneficial to tailor your response towards the job description provided for you. For example, examine the key skills and attributes they are using in the description or look at previous skills you've had and how these could transfer to this position. When listing your strengths, you should always back up what you say with an example. For instance, don't just say you have great customer service skills; prove you do with a concrete example from your past experiences.
Overall, you want to try to stay around the 60-90 second mark when responding to each strength and weakness question. Remember to answer honestly and avoid cunning statements that try to impress the interviewer.
Below are some helpful links and videos for explaining your strengths and weaknesses:
Examples of weaknesses:
- Job Searching Article: What's your greatest weakness?
- The Ladders Article: Effective approach to answering 'what is your weakness?'
- Career Builder Article: Honesty with a twist
- WetFeet Article: Tackling the weakness question
- WetFeet Article: What the interviewer wants to hear
- Job Searching Article: Best answers for "What is your greatest strength?"
- Work Coach Cafe Article: Possible strengths
- Job Interview Article: Examples of strengths and how to answer
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