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How to Answer: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

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By: Mariah Rogers
Apr 13, 2020 • 4 min read

How to Answer:

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

In order to be the most prepared and confident applicant, sometimes you must be ready to face tough questions that revolve around self-reflection. In continuation of our interview question blog, today we will share with you how to answer the question: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Reflect on Your Skills

Before stepping foot in your interview, it is important to check-in with yourself and reflect on your work ethic and personal traits as an employee. It is important to be real and honest with yourself in identifying your strengths and weaknesses and then presenting them in your interview in a professional way. A great resource for you to check out this website, Truity, that can help you uncover your personal traits!

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Be Genuine

Employers can tell when you aren’t being genuine in your interview. It is important that they truly discover if you are a good match for their company and if they can see an opportunity for you to learn and grow from them. When discussing your strengths and weaknesses, create a conversation! Instead of just reading off a list of your traits, incorporate ways that you have overcome your weaknesses and ways you have used your strengths to be successful.

Provide Examples

Like we said before, try to make the interview as conversation-based as possible. A good way to do this is to provide examples and stories from your past experiences! We like to use the STAR method (Situation – Action – Task – Result). Giving the interviewer specific examples of situations you have faced at work and how you used your strengths and weaknesses to navigate them will help the employer better understand you as a person. When speaking of your strengths, talk about projects you have worked on and teams you have been apart of at work that benefited from your talents. When discussing weaknesses, talk about difficult situations you have faced at work and how you navigated your weaknesses to overcome them.

Here’s an example:

Situation – I made a mistake on an email that I had to send out, and a few people complained about it.

Task – I knew that I needed to fix my mistake as soon as possible, and address anything that went wrong because of it.

Action – I called the people that complained about my mistake and let them know what happened, and how I fixed it.

Result – I learned to be more careful and double-check emails prior to sending them, and to address any mistakes I make immediately!

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Keep the Job Description in Mind

Make sure to research and fully understand the job description before your interview. This can help you play up your strengths to the demands and expectations of the specific position you are applying for. Don’t be overly humble. If you are great at something, let your interviewer know! Always circle back to how your strengths can help you be successful in the position and how you will navigate your weaknesses to learn and grow from the opportunity.

 

Let us know how your interview went and share your strengths and weaknesses with us here!

 

 

 

 

 

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