Job applicants do not like to hear this question in their interviews. Not only that we do not like to talk about our weak points, many of us do not even know our own strengths and weaknesses…
However, you should remember it is just another starting question, to break the ice, as we say in business. Interviewers are (or at least they should be) capable of assessing your strengths and weaknesses.
Important strengths and banal weaknesses
You should choose a strength that is relevant for the job.
- Good communication skills
- Good social skills
- Excellent listening skills
- Ability to uncover the needs of the clients
- Computing skills
- Sales skills
- Problem solving ability
- Observation skills
Think a little about yourself right now. Do you have any of the strengths I just mentioned? If you do, pick them for your interview answer.
Good applicants strive to improve on their weaknesses
Nobody is perfect. To claim that you do not have any weaknesses would be a mistake. Good applicant for personal banker job should be humble. They know their weaknesses, and are not afraid to talk about them.
Nevertheless, you should try and pick a weakness in an ability that is not crucial for this job. Alternatively, you can pick a weakness that some employers consider a strength, e.g. being over friendly, or a perfectionist.
Try to think about it for a while right now, and choose some weaknesses you’d talk about in the interview.
The key is to mention that you do your best to improve on your weaknesses. Doing so, you present yourself as a responsible and conscious job seeker. And that is exactly the kind of impression you want to make on the recruiting managers :).