Strengths and Weaknesses – What Should I Reply at the Interview?
And last but not least, don’t mention as weaknesses features that are in fact strengths – like “I am too ambitious”. That will make the recruiter ask you to come up with one more and they will be really annoyed – trust me.
Now, what are strengths and weaknesses you may ask. Everybody talks about them but nobody tells you what they are. Well, strengths are positive features about yourself that can help you boost your personal or professional life – like being ambitious, smart, optimistic, organized, having good decision making skills, even knowing Java or Excel. Weaknesses are negative features that can slow you down – for example being impulsive (that’s my main one). Being impulsive can affect your team work, can make you say or do things you can later regret. One more thing they may ask and you need to be prepared – how are you improving – think about what you do already or plan to do to make your weaknesses impact your life less, especially professional one – this is the one they are interested in. For example, if you don’t know how to prioritize, a time management course can be helpful.