What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?


People in an interview in a bankThis question is the one job applicants do not like to hear in an interview. After all, who prefers to talk about his own weaknesses? Many people actually do not know their own strengths and weak spots…

However, this question is not as difficult as most people believe. Everyone can answer it without fear, if he understands the logic behind it.

What more, it’s just one of the starting questions,to break the ices, as we used to say in business. Interviewers are (or at least should be) capable of assessing your strengths and weaknesses and telling if you can do a job, without a need to inquire about it. If they were not able to uncover it, how would they decide who should get a position?

They give you this question just to see how well you can read yourself, to predict if you will be able to read the needs and desires of the others. Actually, the question is on the list of the interviewers mostly because everyone else asks it in an interview.

Important strengths and not important weaknesses

You should choose a strength that is relevant for the job. Inspire yourself with the following list:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good social skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • Ability to uncover the needs of the others
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to sell products and services
  • Problem solving ability
  • Observation skills
  • Charisma

At this time, think a little about yourself. Do you have any of the strengths I just mentioned? If yes, it a good pick for your interview answer. 


Good applicants strive to improve on their weaknesses

Nobody is perfect. To tell in an interview that you do not have  any weaknesses will be a silly interview mistake. Good applicant for personal banker job is a humble guy. You know your weaknesses and are not afraid to talk about it. However, as I suggested already, you should try to pick a weakness that is not so important for this job in a bank. Or alternatively, you can pick a weakness that employers may consider as a strength for this position, such as being over friendly with people or being perfectionist.

Now it is time for you to think about it for a while and choose a best possible weakness.

But you should not stop there with your answer. The key of making a good impression is to mention that you do your best to get rid of your weakness. This  is what they ant to hear from a perfect applicant. People have weaknesses. All of them. But only good and responsible employees work on their skills, try to strengthen their abilities and get rid of their weaknesses. Talking about improvement on your weaknesses,  you present yourself like a responsible and conscious job seeker. And that is the impression you want to leave in your interview.

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