Sharing Your Strengths and Weaknesses in a Job Interview

“What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” Talk about a doozy of a question! For most of us, sharing our answer might be difficult with a trusted friend, let alone with someone we just met. Yet, it’s all but guaranteed that you’ll be faced with questions asking you to define your strengths and weaknesses during your next job interview.

Do you know how you’re going to respond?

All too often, job applicants turn to cliche’ and overused responses, trying to say what they think an interviewer wants to hear, rather than responding thoughtfully and honestly. In truth, identifying your strengths and weaknesses requires conscious self-reflection. It’s all about discovering and clearly communicating what you thrive in currently, what your greatest challenges are and what your plan for the future looks like.

That’s why Meidx hiring expert, Nichole, is back for her second appearance on the Impact Podcast! In the latest episode, we discuss the best way to respond to job interview questions about strengths and weakness, strategies for getting prepared as a job seeker and some common pitfalls to avoid. Listen below!

Do you have suggestions for responding to job interview questions about strengths and weaknesses? Share your suggestions in the comment section below!

8 thoughts on “Sharing Your Strengths and Weaknesses in a Job Interview

  1. Well, everyone can speak highly on their strengths, but it’s their weakness that can have a pause, no one want to speak on being weak, although we have fear, weankness is like a negative, and a negative should/can become a positive

  2. Great point, Jeanetta! Self reflection is always tough, but addressing negatives can be an especially scary endeavor for some. However, it’s all about perspective! None of us are perfect, and employers know this. What they’re really looking for is for job candidates to recognize where they may be able to improve, and concrete plans for addressing these concerns.

  3. My go to response always starts with the “negative” first.
    “My weakness is alway been taking on too much, or too many responsibilities at once.”
    Then I follow with my positive:
    “Thus my strengths reflect in my ability to prioritize tasks, while keeping my stress level to a minimum and always persevereing”
    My negative is a positive and I use my strength to tell them more about my abilities

    Hope this helps.

  4. True, what you said about always room for improvement. In past interviews I’ve pointed out past weaknesses and past mistakes I’ve made with my previous job and how I’ve learned from those weaknesses, and how I’ve built over those past mistakes.

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