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talk2_vinothJul 14 2006, 11:12 AMWhat to say when HR asked about strength and weakness ?I am VijjiJul 17 2006, 10:24 PMThis is the best answer I read till now :Try to answer such negative questions with a positive response. For example, say,
Some people consider me a perfectionist, or I'm too detail-oriented. I always try to get thingsright.
An employer will be happy to put up with such weaknesses. Saying, I don't have anyweaknesses worth mentioning, indicates that you don't know yourself very well (poor self-assessment).Something like,
I get angry when people don't work as hard as they should, but I see verylittle of that at my current job
, is good too.KSNAug 31 2006, 03:50 PMHighlighting strengths and accomplishments: Use specific examples to highlight your accomplishments -- explicit numbers, results and outcomes. Generic words aremeaningless unless backed by data.For example, instead of using the word 'significant' , use a number or percentage instead.Strengths that interviewers are looking for include:.
: Talk about the times you may have sacrificed a vacation to complete animportant project..
: Quote an example from a past job where you drove the meeting,committee or project that was languishing. Or, when a deadline loomed and you came upwith a way to reach the goal..
: Show how curiosity has served you well in the last job. For example, when was the last time you knew there had to be a better way of performing atask, closing a particular deal or making a sale to a difficult client? How did your questioning of the situation find a solution?.
Long term approach
: Talk about how you were able to see the broader consequencesof a decision in your previous company. Your contribution provided a viewpoint thatothers had overlooked.The one question candidates love to avoid is, "
What is your greatest weakness?
" Do notgive superficial answers like "I'm a workaholic" or "I'm a perfectionist." These are boringand predictable.