What are your strengths and weaknesses?


People in an interview in a bank, they are having a good time, smiling. Two women and one man are on the picture, all of them wearing business outfitsNobody likes to talk about their weaknesses, especially if they try to convince someone of giving them  a job.
But the question is not as difficult as most job seekers believe it is. You should simply talk about strengths that are relevant for the job, and weaknesses that are not essential for a role of a personal banker. Let me help you with your choice.

Good strengths:

  • communication skills
  • social skills
  • listening skills
  • ability to uncover the needs of the client
  • computing skills
  • sales skills
  • problem solving ability
  • observation skills
  • charisma
  • loyalty

Good weaknesses to mention:

  • over-friendly to clients
  • impatient in job
  • weak management skills
  • perfectionist
  • inability to make decisions independently
  • bad shape (physical condition)


Excellent employees strive to improve on their weaknesses

Nobody is perfect. A good job applicant admits their weaknesses, understands how they relate to the job, and are ready to improve on them, if needed. Pick a weakness that is not essential for the job, and a strength that matters. Remember that your interview presence should correspond with your words.

* (to read brilliant answers to this question, and to other twenty difficult questions for personal bankers, have a look at my eBook)

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