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Top 30 Strengths and Weaknesses for Job Interviews in 2021

Top 30 Strengths and Weaknesses for Job Interviews in 2021

You may have heard this for sure whenever you’ve gone for an interview, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Did you get stumped for a second thinking about what to answer and how to do so? Do you have a list of strengths and weaknesses ready by your side? Oh yes, you will have to start listing your strengths and weaknesses to nail that interview.

In our professional life, we have all gone through job interviews. While some ace their first interview, some of us have to go through interview after interview, leaving us wondering why we didn’t nail them even though we have the right qualifications, skills and experience.

What did I do wrong?

Did I give the wrong answer somewhere?

Did I not ask the right questions? 

More often than not, it is usually because of the answers we give to the questions asked. You see, these interview questions are designed for specific reasons. And most candidates tend to answer them way too honestly and without taking a second to consider why the question is being asked and what exactly it is that the interviewer wants to know.

There are right and wrong ways to answer these questions, which this article is all about. Here, we will share tips for how to answer the question, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Also, in this article, you’ll find examples of strengths and weaknesses and tips on how to prepare your response, which will help you stand out in your job interview.

There are two common questions that interviewers ask during job interviews-

  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your greatest weakness?

The interviewer may frame the questions differently at times, and they may also be asked one question: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Why Do Interviewers Ask “What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?”

When interviewers ask candidates this question, what they want to know is if your strengths, such as your skills, will be beneficial or not for the organisation and, at the same time, check whether your weaknesses will hamper your productivity. They are also checking your communication skills and train of thought. So, yes, there are right and wrong answers.

So, to avoid answering this question the wrong way during the interview process, let’s get down to business.

Let’s start with Strengths.

When answering the question “What are your strengths?” or “Describe your strengths?” you need to be mindful. You cannot blurt out the first thing you think of or give a cliche answer such as “I am a perfectionist” or “I work too much”.

List of Strengths & Weaknesses

Tips On How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?” In A Job Interview

  • First off, you will want to prepare for the interview, including how to answer interview questions the night or day before the interview. To answer “What are your strengths?”, seek help from your family members, friends or colleagues. Ask them what they think is your strength, something that you are particularly good at, and make a list of your strengths.
  • Pick strengths that would fit the position you’re applying for. For instance, if the job is for a sales manager, your strength could be your people skills or even strong work ethic.
  • When the time comes to answer the question, take a breather and collect your thoughts.
  • Stick to the point. Do not derail.
  • Explain how your strengths have been beneficial for you.

You can take your strengths from the following skills assessments:

  • Personal Traits: Your personality traits can include both your personal qualities and characters such as punctuality, determination, honesty, flexibility, creativity, dependability, etc.
  • Knowledge-based skills: These are the skills that you get from learning or experience, such as your computer skills or language skills, among many others.
  • Transferable skills: This is where your soft skills, such as analytical and communication skills, are included.

List Of Strengths

Take a look at the list of strengths provided below:

  • Dedicated
  • Creative
  • Flexible
  • Resourceful
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Time management skills
  • Team player
  • Fast learner
  • Leadership skills
  • Typing skills
  • Writing skills
  • Determination
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Communication skills

Answer Examples: What Are Your Strengths?

Using the 15 strengths we have listed above; we will share some examples if you need them in your upcoming interviews.

1. Dedicated

“My greatest strength is that I am a dedicated person. Due to my dedication to my work, I am a motivated, goal-oriented and proactive employee. This quality has given me the need to always produce high-quality results in every project I take.”

In other words, you are a hard-working, goal-oriented, passionate and proactive person.

2. Creative

“One strength I am most proud of is my creative mind. I like to push the limit and think outside the box to stand to do something that not many people or no one has done. Thanks to this, I have won several graphic designing competitions for my work.”

In other words, you are a resourceful, smart and innovative person.

3. Flexible

‘I am a flexible person, and I can adapt to change easily. Even if I have to go from one client to another or one project to another, I continue my work diligently without hampering my workflow and progress. As you have a diverse clientele, I believe that your agency could benefit from a flexible person like me.”

In other words, you are a versatile and adaptable person.

4. Resourceful

“My strength, I would have to say, is that I am a resourceful person as I have this ability to come up with solutions when problems arise. I will always work hard to find the solution and I never give up until I do.”

In other words, you are also a problem-solver and a determined person.

5. Problem-solving skills

“My greatest strength is my problem-solving skills. Whenever a crisis or any difficult situation arises, I have this need to solve it as soon as possible without any error. I start by analysing the problem, evaluating the options to pick the right course of action and then discuss it with my team before putting it into action. I believe that my analytical ability will be a helpful addition to your team.”

In other words, you are also an analytical person.

6. Ability to work under pressure

“I can work productively and calmly when under pressure. When a crisis arises, I know that I need to keep myself calm because anything else will only worsen the situation, and working while feeling panicky will only delay progress.”

In other words, you are adaptable and flexible.

7. Time management skills

“My greatest strength is my time-management skills. As a time oriented-person, I like to be punctual and see to it that I always meet my deadlines. For every task, I like to set a specific time period in which they should be done.”

In other words, you are a punctual and diligent person.

 8. Team player

‘I am a team player, and I have always preferred to work in groups. I believe that a team functions best there is communication, trust and motivation among each other. I ensured that the team spirit is always uplifted by motivating and inspiring the team members.”

In other words, you are a motivational and passionate person.

9. Fast learner

“My greatest strength is that I am a fast learner. I am blessed with the ability to catch on with things easily. In my previous organisation, I had to go through a training process, which usually took three months for others. I was able to complete it in just a month. Whenever there is a need to learn something new, I turn to Youtube tutorials. I have learned to use some software through tutorial videos.”

In other words, you are a knowledgeable and adaptable person.

 10. Leadership skills

“My biggest strength would be my ability to lead my team to be their best productive-selves. I have always had leadership skills and have even been class representative and house leader during my school days. In my previous organisation, I was even promoted to a team leader after a year of working with them and our team received praises from other departments for our teamwork and work rate.”

In other words, you are a team leader and inspirational person.

11. Typing skills

“My greatest strength is my typing speed. As I can type 75 words per minute with just a 2 percent error rate, I believe I would be a great addition to your data entry team.”

 12. Writing skills

“My greatest strength would have to be my strong writing skills. I always do my research thoroughly as I am adamant about providing the correct information, and I ensure that no matter the target audience, my writing style meets their needs and expectations. My creative writing skills have helped me in winning many writing competitions online.”

In other words, you have good research skills.

13. Determination

“I would have to say that my biggest strength is my determination as it has taken me this far. I don’t believe in giving up, be it my personal or professional life. I am determined to be a successful person and due to this, I have been able to fulfil all my tasks on time.”

In other words, you are a hard-working and success-oriented person.

14. Negotiation skills

“In my professional (and sometimes personal) life, negotiation skills are definitely my greatest strength. I have enhanced this skill through my five years as a salesperson and it is also the reason that I was quickly promoted as a sales manager in my previous organisation. Thanks to it, I am able to build a stronger relationship with customers and clients.”

In other words, this also means that you have strong interpersonal and communication skills.

15. Communication skills

“My communication skills have helped me in building strong relationships with my colleagues and the clients. To work efficiently, I believe that communication is the key. I listen actively and always try to empathise with the people I am speaking with. This allows them to put their trust in me, which, I think, is not a very easy thing to do in the world of business.”

In other words, you are an empathetic person with good listening skills.

Now, on to Weaknesses.

When answering the question “What are your weaknesses?” or “Describe your greatest weaknesses?” you cannot blurt or list out all your negative traits or the things you are bad at. It will only decrease your chance of getting hired. And you cannot say “I don’t have any” either because everyone has their weakness(es). Saying you don’t have a weakness will only make you a liar.

Tips On How To Answer “What Are Your Weaknesses?” In A Job Interview

  • First, you need to know how to find your weaknesses. Then accordingly, you need to prepare and practice answering “What are your weaknesses?” before your interview. Seek help from your family members, friends or colleagues, and ask them what they think is your biggest weakness. Ask them to help you do a mock interview.
  • You need to make a list of “What are your greatest weaknesses?”. Pick a weakness that you can turn into your strength or something you are working on where there is room for improvement.
  • When the time comes to answer the question, take a breather and collect your thoughts.
  • Stick to the point and avoid going into too much detail. Do not derail.

List Of Weaknesses

Take a look at the list of weaknesses provided below:

  • Disorganized
  • Impatient
  • Insecure
  • Self-criticism
  • Multitasking
  • Blunt
  • Public speaking
  • Shy
  • Too detail-oriented
  • Saying “No”
  • Unhealthy work/life balance
  • Delegating
  • Procrastination
  • Hard skills
  • Micromanaging

Answer Examples: What Are Your Weakness?

We have listed above using the 15 Weaknesses; we will share some examples with you if you ever need to identify your weaknesses in your upcoming interviews.

1. Disorganised

“My biggest weakness is that I am not a very organised person. Though it hasn’t affected my work thus far, every now and then, my workstation can be quite messy. This is something that I am currently working on improving. I am developing a habit of tidying and organising my desk and inbox every working day before I leave the office and I have to say, it is going rather well.”

2. Impatient

“I can be rather impatient when working with time. I am someone who is self-sufficient and who is always eager to finish the work, which is why, in the past, I was always looking for job profiles where I would be able to work independently. But as my career progressed, I realised the importance of teamwork. I came to the realisation that this is something that I have to work on. So, I have been attending team-building workshops whenever I can, and they have helped me tremendously.”

3. Insecure

“As an introvert person, I don’t have much self-confidence, so I can be insecure about my work at times. Even after thorough research and paying close attention to details, I often doubt my pieces and second guess myself. I am in the process of overcoming this, thanks to the strong support system I have.”

4. Self-criticism

‘I can be a little hard on myself. I often criticise myself for not doing enough, even though I am told I am. After submitting my final works, I often wonder if I should have done more. In the past, this led me to overwork to the point that I obsess with every little detail even after I’d receive praises and appreciation for them. But I am overcoming this by looking at my achievements objectively, and it has made a huge difference in my professional life.”

5. Multitasking

“While multitasking can be a good thing, it is also a weakness for me. You see, I tend to work on two or multiple projects at a time. Everyone has their way of doing things, and mine happens to be working simultaneously on different projects. There are times when this would affect my workflow or cause hindrance to me meeting my deadlines so, I started using project management tools and they have been helping me in managing my tasks and my time. They have helped me increase my productivity.”

6. Blunt

“There are times that I can be too blunt with the feedback I give to my team. While honestly is the best way to deliver a message, I realised that they don’t always work for everyone. To improve in this area, I have been taking an online leadership management course, and I am trying to connect with people. I manage to know them better and see to it that I speak their language when I deliver feedback to them.”

7. Public speaking

“Public speaking is one of my biggest weaknesses, for which I took a public speaking course. Although my job profile doesn’t really need public speaking skills, it is still an area that I knew I needed to improve. I can honestly say that the course helped me because I can now stand up in meetings and raise my voice and thoughts without shivering.”

8. Shy

“My weakness is that I am a shy person by nature. In the past, there were times when I would have amazing ideas or something to contribute during team meetings. But my shy nature won’t let me peak up. I realised that if I didn’t do something about it, I would never advance in my career. So, I started taking improv and pottery classes to meet new people and come out of my shell. They have definitely helped me in speaking up.”

9. Too detail-oriented

“I can be too detail-oriented at times, focusing on one specific detail for a long time and ignoring the big picture. It was a very stressful way of working as I often faced problems when the deadline loomed. However, in the past year, after realising that I had to improve in this particular area, I have learned to prioritise each project as a whole and not spend too much time on one little detail. It has helped my work efficiently and productively.”

10. Saying “No”

“One of my weaknesses is saying ‘No’ when my colleagues or supervisors’ requests. I always end up taking on more than I can handle, and this often leads me to burnout. But after I started using a project management app, I only said ‘yes’ to requests if I had time on my hands besides my own work.”

11. Unhealthy work/life balance

“As I am a success-driven person, I tend to overwork to the point that I pay next to no attention to my personal life. After seeing how my work distanced me from my loved ones, I knew something had to be done. I decided to fix specific timings for both my personal and professional life. For instance, after office hours, I focus only on spending time with my family or myself by not checking on my office emails or turning my work cell phone off. This has helped me tremendously and I am actually happier.”

12. Delegating

“Because I am a self-motivated and self-sufficient person, I find I often have difficulty in delegating responsibility to my team, wanting to complete the task by myself. But after I got promoted to a managerial position. It became clear that I had to delegate responsibilities as I couldn’t handle everything by myself. So, gradually, I learned to trust my team and started a project management system. This system helps me oversee the project’s progress and has helped me to work more efficiently as well.”

13. Procrastination

“One weakness of mine that I am learning to overcome is procrastinating when I feel that I have more time at hand for a project. I would only start working on it at the last minute. I realised that I was unnecessarily stressing out myself. I am now working on prioritising tasks and making a proper plan so that I don’t pressure myself at the last minute.”

14. Hard skills

“Articulate Storyline is one software I still need to familiarise myself with. Although it is not necessary at the moment, I think it will be a useful tool that would work to our advantage in the future. I have been teaching myself the basics via Youtube tutorials and at the same time looking for online courses.”

15. Micromanaging 

“I am a goal-oriented person who likes to meet deadlines. Due to this, after being promoted to team leader to ensure that projects were delivered on time and without error, micromanaging became my safety net. After a while, I realised that, although we always met the deadlines, it was killing creativity and limiting the team’s self-worth. So, I started to put more faith in my team’s ability and started a project management system to oversee the project’s progress. It proved to be very helpful for them and myself.”

Strengths And Weaknesses For HR Interview

After clearing all rounds of the interview process, you have finally reached the HR interview round. Congratulations! Here is a list of strengths and weaknesses for the HR interview that you can utilise:

List of 7 Strengths 

  • Clarity
  • Resourceful
  • Determinate
  • Flexible
  • Organisation Skills
  • Patient
  • Honest

List of 7 Weaknesses

  • Perfectionist
  • Insecure
  • Shy
  • Delegating
  • Stress caused by an impending deadline
  • Procrastinator
  • Unhealthy work/life balance.

Strength and Weakness for MBA Interview

For your upcoming MBA interview round, here are your answers for strengths and weaknesses in case you need to state the most significant weaknesses:

Strengths

  • Enthusiasm
  • Discipline
  • Patience
  • Determination
  • Dedication

Weaknesses

  • Risk-taker
  • Perfectionist
  • Impatient
  • Too considerate about team
  • Too detail-oriented.

Read More: Top 20 Interview Questions for Freshers With Answers

Strength and Weakness for Fresher

As a fresher, answering “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” may be new to you. As we have mentioned above, when interviewers ask candidates this question, what they want to know is if your strengths will be beneficial or not for the organisation and, at the same time, check whether your weaknesses will hamper your productivity. They are also checking your communication skills and train of thought, including if you are willing to overcome those weaknesses. So, yes, there are right and wrong answers.

Take a look at the list of strengths and weaknesses below and pick the strengths and weaknesses that will work in your favour when answering them:

Strengths

  • Dedicated
  • Creative
  • Flexible
  • Resourceful
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Fast learner
  • Determination
  • Communication skills

Weaknesses

  • Self-criticism
  • Procrastinating
  • Public speaking
  • Impatient
  • Shy
  • Lack of self-confidence
  • Indecisive
  • Perfectionist

How To Address Your Strengths And Weaknesses

When interviewers ask you, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” you need to be prepared as there are wrong answers even if you think they are right. Not giving the answer that they are looking for will cost you your chance of getting hired.

Take a look at the tips below on how to address your strengths and weaknesses;

Be careful what you reveal.

Pick strengths that would fit the position you’re applying for. For instance, if the job is for a sales manager, your strength could be your people skills or even strong work ethic.

For weaknesses, choose the ones you can turn into your strength or something you are working on where there is room for improvement. For example, being a perfectionist has helped you to become a hard worker.

Do not overshare

When sharing your weakness, stick to one trait and do not reveal too much. Talk about how you are overcoming or improving in that area. Do not mention flawed characters and characteristics such as being lazy or unable to pay attention to details.

Read More: Interview Tips: The Pre – Interview Cheat Sheet

How To Script Better Answers

For both strengths and weaknesses, find the ones that you will align with the job profile and say with confidence.

“When it comes to strengths, mine would be my strong writing and research skills. I am adamant about providing the correct information, and I ensure that my writing style meets their needs and expectations no matter the target audience. My weakness, I would say, is working on two or multiple projects at a time. Everyone has their way of doing things, and mine happens to be working simultaneously on different projects. However, this does not affect my workflow, and I never miss my deadlines.”

Bear in mind that the purpose of this question is to gauge how you would fit in with the company culture as a person and professional.

We hope this article helps you answer “What are your strengths?” or “What are your greatest weaknesses?” and acing your upcoming interview. We will leave you here with our best wishes and this informational guide to answering “what are your strengths and weaknesses?

Good luck!

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