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How to be confident while answering, "What are you strengths and weakness?" (in an interview)

Updated New York, New York

I always end stuck on this question while in a interview and end up doing bad throughout the whole thing. How do I find out my strengths and weakness, should I try to make a list? #jobs #job #job-coaching #job-application #personal-development

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Ayanna’s Answer

Updated Washington, Washington

Hi Akampreet! First off, know that every one of us kind of struggles with this question! No one wants to air their dirty laundry so to speak and not look like a good candidate. However, we all have areas we can improve upon and interviewers do expect you to have some idea of what you're great at, and maybe not so good at.

For your strengths, think about the things that you are good at, that the job requires. Start with the job description. What can you pull out of that, that identifies skills needed? Are you a good communicator? Particular computer software you know really well? What about being able to present really well, or good at collaborating with a team? Think of things that the job requires, that you know you can do in your sleep and talk them up! Not sure if you're in high school or college, but think about teams you were on. What role did you play? Were you great at leading or motivating? Or were you more of the executor, the one to get things done? The researcher? Think about what you enjoy doing and how that has played out in past experiences.

As for weaknesses - think of it more as development needs: what experiences do you need that you currently don't have? Do you need to get better at presenting to a broader audience? Learn a certain software that will allow you to produce more? Do you need to better understand how finances in a small, large, or nonprofit work so you can better understand how your role fits with the company? If you think of your "weaknesses" more in terms of what skill sets you don't have or need to development, you'll be able to give a stronger answer in your interview.

Good luck!

Janet’s Answer

Updated Williston Park, New York

When asked about your strength and weaknesses, interviewers want to know how you would handle the position you are being interviewed for. For a weakness, you can can always be honest and say how you can learn more about Excel, or that it may take you a little longer to see the bigger picture until you have gathered all the fact. Strength, is easy. Speak about how confident you are people, your work and keep it brief.

Karen’s Answer

Updated Saint Paul, Minnesota

A key to being confident in answering any interview question is to be prepared and to practice before you go into the interview.  Write out your response to the question and go over it several times, keeping in mind the key words.  And the more experience you have at interviewing the easier it may become for you. 

With every good wish!