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During an interview, it's standard procedure for the interviewer to ask about your on-the-job strengths and weaknesses. The interviewer wants to see what you have to offer and what you believe you can improve on. While talking about job strengths might seem like an obvious way to boost your reputation with potential employers, listing your weaknesses can also increase your employment opportunities. Your strengths must convey a sense of success and knowledge, while your weaknesses should tell the employer you have faults, but you can improve.
Talk about at least two strengths that directly relate to the job you’re pursuing. For example, if you’re looking for a sales position, you could list talking to people and customers as one strength and persuasive speech as another strength.
Convey three to four general strengths that you have acquired through working. For example, if you were a manager at a restaurant, you could explain you possess leadership qualities, you work well under pressure, you have exceptional time management skills and excel in workplace communications.
Be Prepared to talk about one to two weaknesses that relate to the field of work you’re interested in. For example, if you’re interviewing for a position as an accountant, you could say that you could improve on your workplace communication and organization. Avoid talking about weaknesses that severely impact your ability to do your job. For example, avoid saying you struggle with math if you’re interviewing for an accountant position, even if it’s true.
Touch on one to two more general weaknesses. Your strengths should outweigh your weaknesses; you don’t want to include too many weaknesses and give employers a reason to choose another candidate over you. General weaknesses can include the need to work on multitasking, teamwork or talking in front of a group.
Don't lie about your strengths. For example, if you've never worked with people before, don't say you have excellent customer service skills.
Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.