Regardless of what position you’re interviewing for, it seems like employers are always asking “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” According to wetfeet.com, that question really means:
“Prove to me that you’d bring value to this organization, and show me you’re aware of and can learn from your mistakes.”
According to the article, there are a few ways in which you can answer these questions to show off your best self and answer them with ease.
When highlighting your strengths…
- Start by looking at the job description and make a list of personal strengths that support that description.
- Consider other strengths that may compliment that job and list those accordingly.
- Think of an anecdote for each strength listed.
- Choose helpful strengths for the position and if you can present an example how those strengths benefited you, be sure to include that.
- Show that you have learned and recovered from past mistakes.
- Keep things work-related and don’t over share information.
- “Make your interviewer your ally.” If they’re interviewing you for a position they’ve held before, they will better appreciate a “graceful” handling of a similar situation.
- Share how the lessons you have learned relate to that position.