Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-02-2011-05-2008
Tough Interview Questions:
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
What is the best way to respond? This is the question that I am asked about most often. If you are too boastful about your strengths, you come off like a pompous know-it-all and if you are too negative about your weaknesses, you appear to be a pushover.
First, understand that the interviewer is not seeking a “right or wrong” answer. They are merely trying to see HOW you answer the question.
To answer this question well, prepare BEFORE your interview. List your strengths by pulling them from three specific areas: 1) Skills and Experience- such as computer software abilities or accounting functions. 2) Transferable Skills- such as time management, good communication and 3) Personality Traits- leadership abilities, detail oriented.
And now the weaknesses…Many people will tell you to give the “stock answer”, such as I’m too much of a perfectionist. But any employer knows that is not a negative. Try giving an answer of what used to be a weakness that has now turned positive. For example, maybe public speaking used to be a problem for you and you were extremely reserved at meetings, but you solved it by taking a class and you are now comfortable speaking in front of groups.
Remember that, like anything else, good interview skills take practice. Being prepared is the best way to ensure success.