Sample Strengths and Weaknesses of an Employee

Employers look for employees who are honest, dependable and hardworking. On the other hand, they also want to know about the weaknesses of an individual. This means that – in your next interview – if you are asked if you have any weaknesses, do not say no because you might be rejected as no human being is perfect. It is obvious that you do have weaknesses if you have strengths – so make sure that you put them all on the table. After describing your weakness you should explain what steps have you taken to overcome that weakness.

In fact, weaknesses do not necessarily make a candidate unsuitable as employers only want to know truthfulness of applicant.

Look at some example of both strengths and weaknesses of a candidate that you would expect them to tell you about.


1. Excellent communication skills
2. Positive attitude
3. Flexibility
4. Ability to prioritize
5. Self confidence
6. Ability to cope with failures
7. Able to learn from mistakes
8. Good analytic and planning skills
9. Highly committed to work
10. Good interpersonal skills
11. Well organized and detail oriented


1. Trouble procrastinating
2. Nervousness when speaking in front of a group
3. Impatient at times
4. Too much focused on work with little or no time to relax
5. Sensitivity
6. Workaholic
7. Over friendly at times (can be an overkill)
8. Too much ambitious (can also be an overkill)

These are some common strengths and weaknesses that you would expect and employee. If they come up with it, you may want to take them in a positive manner and build up on them or you can write off an employee on the base of it.

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