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Sujai Adithya
Business Development and Banking & Financial Services Expert
Asked a question 9 months ago

What are the positives and weaknesses for an interview?

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Sujai Adithya
Business Development and Banking & Financial Services Expert

Positives:

A popular interview question of recruiters is "Tell me about your strengths," or "Name three of your strengths." What the interviewer wants you to do is talk about your positive attributes or characteristics that render you qualified candidate for the job. Some strengths that job seekers report are good communication skills, attention to detail, analytical skills, loyalty and commitment to the organization. The key to explaining these strengths to a prospective employer is your ability to back them up with real-world examples. Always give concrete examples when you answer questions about your strengths. For example, if you claim your communication skills are top-notch, describe a scenario where your ability to communicate clearly and effectively helped you overcome a workplace challenge, such as dealing with an irate customer.

Weaknesses:

It's generally not helpful to tell the interviewer that you can't think of any weaknesses you have, when she asks this typical interview question. Instead of implying that you're perfect, rephrase your weaknesses and describe them as areas where you need improvement. For example, explain that you sometimes spend too much time reviewing your work to the point where you're overly concerned about details, or that you've found it difficult to achieve work-life balance because you devote so much of your time to working. Be mindful of suggesting the latter, however. Employers generally want candidates who are well-rounded and if you're a workaholic, it could reflect poorly on your time management skills.