Employers look for candidates who are honest, dependable and hardworking. They usually gauge the applicants’ strengths in an interview.
On the other hand, they also want to know about the weaknesses of an individual who want to work for them.
It means that – in your next interview – if you will be asked whether you have any weaknesses, do not say NO. In this scenario, you might be rejected because no human being is perfect.
It is obvious that you do have weaknesses if you have strengths.
Therefore, make sure that you put them all on the table, but, in a positive light.
After describing your weakness, you should explain what steps have you taken to overcome that weakness specifically.
In fact, weaknesses do not necessarily make a candidate unsuitable as employers only want to know the truthfulness of the 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
4. Ability to prioritize
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
7. Over friendly at times (can be overkill)
8. Too much ambitious (can also be an overkill)
As an interviewer, these are some common strengths and weaknesses that you would expect from an employee.
If they come up with it, you may want to take them positively and build upon them, or you can judge the potential of an employee on the base of it.