What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This is a question that is asked time and time again at interview, yet it is often where a candidate is left lost for words because they haven’t prepared in advance. This question is meant to test your ability to analyse yourself and others so focus on a couple of strengths such as technical ability, or communications skills and ensure you demonstrate how they have directly benefited past employers and could, in the future, add value the interviewer’s organisation.
Weaknesses are a little trickier. Many candidates wrongly believe that the answer here is to deny they have any. Wrong. Try and come up with a weakness that, when expanded on, turns itself into a strength. For example, ‘Sometimes I think I am too hard on myself’, or ‘I have a low tolerance for colleagues that do not pull their weight in a team’, which both suggest you have high standards of yourself, and others. By preparing a weakness in advance you will not be tempted to say you don’t have any, or worse still come up with something that portrays you badly.