Many people are afraid of this particular question. We do not like to speak about our weaknesses. What is more, we often do not know our own weaknesses…
However, this question is not difficult. Interviewers are (or at least they should be) capable of uncovering your strengths and weaknesses, without a need to inquire about them. Just think about it: If they were not able to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of other people, how would they choose a right match for the job?
Asking you the question, they more often than not just test your ability to evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses, if you are humble or confident.
And they may also try to create a bit of pressure in the interview room….
Strengths that are related for the job and weaknesses that do not matter
It is simple. Talk about some strengths that are relevant for the managerial job. To such strengths belong:
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal and social skills
- Responsibility and loyalty
- Good understanding for the others and their needs
- Organizational skills
- Selling skills
- Problem solving ability
- Observation skills
Think about your own personality for a while. Identify your strengths and match them with the strengths on my list. Choose a few for your interview answer.
Good applicants strive to improve
Every person has at least one weakness. To tell that you do not have any weaknesses would be a mistake, and it would most likely cost you your chances of succeeding in that particular interview.
Try to pick a weakness that is not critical for managers, and mention your efforts to improve on that particular weakness. Show some humility, and a desire to improve. That is the attitude they seek in a good job applicant.
Everyone has some weaknesses. The difference between a good and bad manager is that the good one are aware of their weaknesses, can admit them in front of other people, and if they hold any importance for their job, they try their best to improve on them.
And that should form the base for your interview answer.
- What characterize a good manager from your point of view?
- Can you tell me a little about your experience?