Sample Interview Strengths and

Weaknesses

 

Types of Strengths

Examples

Sample Answer

Job-specific

- computer skills

- technical training

- product/industry knowledge

One of my greatest strengths is my proficiency with Microsoft Excel. I have a tremendous amount of experience working with the program.

Transferrable

- proficient in a language

- written or oral communication skills

- problem solving

I have often been praised for my ability to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to problems facing my team or work group.

Personal characteristics

- punctual

- self-motivated

- adaptable

I am excellent at adapting to changes and becoming comfortable in new settings. This has benefitted me greatly in my career as a travel nurse.

Types of Weaknesses

Examples

Sample Answer

Those unrelated to the

position youre seeking

- fear of speaking before groups, if the job doesnt require it

- lack of computer skills, if

the job doesnt require the

use of one

I have learned through other jobs Ive held that I am not a gifted salesman. Thats one of the reasons I am looking forward to the potential to change careers.

 

Those that can be turned into positives

- lack of attention to detail, as a result of seeing too much of the big picture

- difficulty multi-tasking, due to an intense focus on

the task at hand

Because I concentrate so much on what Im doing, I often have a hard time juggling interruptions and other things that come up.

Those that youre

working to improve

- learning to delegate and spend less time on assignments

- spelling

Im such a perfectionist by nature that I sometimes spend much more time on tasks that necessary. As a result, Ive learned to keep a large clock on my desk. By giving myself small deadlines all day, I make sure I dont waste too much time.