We’re creating a series of content to provide tips and tricks for job seekers to answer common interview questions.
As part of our series of content providing tips and tricks for job seekers to answer common interview questions, we’re focusing on the question the majority of seasoned job seekers have probably faced at least once. How to answer: ‘What are your strengths and weaknesses?’
At what stage of the interview is this question likely to be asked?
This question is likely to be asked towards the middle or end of an interview, once the interviewer has asked you questions about why you want the job and your specific experience and goals.
How might the question be phrased and what are interviewers looking for in an answer?
The question – ‘what are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?’ – has become as clichéd as some of the answers to it, so there’s a chance it will be worded in a different manner by the interviewer e.g. ‘what skills do you feel you’d like to develop the most’.
Mahesh Odedra, Resourcing Business Partner at Osborne, illustrates this point nicely: