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 to hire them for a job in a bank.

But the question is not as difficult as most job seekers believe.

You should simply talk about strengths that are relevant for the job, and weaknesses that are not essential for a role of a 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)
  • no leadership skills

 

Excellent employees strive to improve on their weaknesses

Nobody is perfect. But good job applicants are ready to admit their weaknesses. They understand how they relate to the job, and are ready to improve on them.

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.

* Note: Have a look at my eBook, the Personal Banker Interview Guide, to see excellent answers to this question, and to twenty other interview questions for bankers, and to learn how to win your interviewers over. Thank you!

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