How to Impress the Interviewer with Your Strengths and Weaknesses

“So, tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.” You must have heard this question from every interviewer. While this might irritate you, this question tests your self-awareness. In this article at the Muse, Stav Ziv explains how to impress the interviewer with your strengths and weaknesses.

Answer the Million-Dollar Question the Right Way

An interviewer screens several applicants in a single day. It becomes literally impossible to gauge every single participant in those brief encounters. However, it is not what you say that impresses an interviewer, it is how you describe it. Following are the tips to impress recruiters with your answers:

  • Bring your true self to the interview. That will help you respond to the next set of questions without much thinking.
  • Tell a story to help the interviewer understand your traits better. For example, you want to prove that you can work under pressure. Narrate a story when you delivered a product feature that clients requested at the eleventh hour without panicking.
  • Point out the end message. Every story has a conclusion, so should yours. Remind the interviewer the reason why you narrated the story in the first place.
  • Make answers crisp. Your interactions with the interviewer are limited, so keep your answers focused.
  • Do not overthink. Too much thinking can make you nervous and that will show during the interview.

The Strength Question: Utilize the time to help the interviewer identify the values you can give to the role, team, and company. Read the job advertisement carefully to figure out what they are looking for in a candidate. Go through the company website, social media pages, announcements, press releases, etc. to get a better idea about their work environment. Your strengths should be able to solve the problems the company or team is suffering from. Avoid bragging.

Answering the Weakness Part: Avoid talking about weaknesses that negatively impact your interview. For example, if you are seeking a sales position, avoid commenting on how you are not that articulate. Bear this is in mind while composing your cover letter as well. Include only those that the company needs to know. Talk about weaknesses that do not question your capabilities. Also, do not camouflage your strengths as your weaknesses. For example, avoid saying that you do not like submitting imperfect work. The interviewer has made a lot of ‘perfectionists’ before you.

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