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What are your strengths and weaknesses?

TCS HR Interview

What are your “Strengths and Weaknesses” Question?

Strengths and Weaknesses are a must for Interview Success of any kind.

  • During the interview process, it’s likely that the hiring manager will ask you to describe your strengths at some point.
  • It’s important to be prepared for this question and have a statement ready. Even if you aren’t asked this question, you should be aware of your strengths and what you can bring to the position.
  • They might want to assess what potential issues there could be, too. It’s a chance for them to assess your capacity to be self-reflective.

What are your strengths and Weaknesses?

Strengths

Make sure you  include a range of strengths while answering this question during the interview.

STRENGTHS

–>  Some examples of strengths you might mention include:

  • Communicative
  • Punctual
  • Team Work
  • Creative Thinking
  • Adaptability
  • Versatility
  • Flexibility
  • Focused
  • Taking Initiative
  • Honesty
  • Dedication
  • Integrity
  • Continuous Learning
  • Self-control
  • Collaborative
  • Attentive/Detail oriented

Plan of Action:

  • Use the job description as your guide as you select your strengths.
  • Follow the same formula of strength + context and story.
  • When providing context for your strengths, address the specific qualities that qualify you for the job and distinguish you as a candidate.
  • When you complete the list, choose three to five of those strengths that match what the employer is seeking in the job posting.
  • Make sure you can give specific examples to demonstrate why you say that is your strength if probed further.
  • Depending on the job, you might also choose to include hard skills in your strengths,
    • citing your ability to code in a variety of languages,
    • your knowledge of a foreign language
    • your experience as a copy editor as examples of why you would be a strong candidate for the job.

“Determining your Weaknesses?”

We all have weakness but we rarely want to admit them. When asking about your strengths a hiring manager will often also want to try and learn about your weaknesses.

Weaknesses

  • Being too critical of yourself
  • Attempting to please everyone
  • Perfectionism
  • Multitasking too much
  • lack of experience
  • Being unfamiliar with the latest software
  • Take on too much responsibility
  • Self-critical/Sensitive

–> So, you answer by highlighting what you have learned about your weakness, and what you are doing to improve it. 

NOTE: Avoid weaknesses that would make you unfit for the position. For example, if the job requires a lot of technical skill, don’t say that your weakness is technology.

Below we have given best possible answers for “What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?” You can mention in the job interview to stand out and the best answers that will impress the interviewer.

Best Possible Answers for
"What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?"

Possible Answer:

Sometimes, I spend more time than necessary on a task or take on tasks personally that could easily be delegated to someone else. Although I’ve never missed a deadline, it is still an effort for me to know when to move on to the next task, and to be confident when assigning others work. In my recent position, I implemented a project management tool that allowed me to easily oversee the progress of all the tasks I assigned, which helped me feel much more comfortable delegating work.

Possible Answer:

I have extremely strong writing skills. Having worked as a copy editor for five years, I have a deep attention to detail when it comes to my writing. I have also written for a variety of publications, so I know how to shape my writing style to fit the task and audience. As a marketing assistant, I will be able to effectively write and edit press releases and update web content with accuracy and ease.

Possible Answer:

“My communication style can be sometimes blunt and harsh. Feedback is amazing but constructive feedback can make miracles happen. Hence, I am learning to reserve my judgment and write down my blunt criticism before I say it aloud. This has allowed me to communicate well and build strong professional relationships.”

Possible Answer:

I am incredibly introverted, which makes me wary of sharing my ideas in a group setting or speaking up during team meetings. I feel that I had good intentions, I just wasn’t always comfortable speaking up. After my team didn’t meet expectations on two consecutive projects, I decided to start making changes to get more familiar with sharing my ideas for the benefit of my team. I took local improve classes and started trying to get comfortable discussing my thoughts. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s something that I’ve improved dramatically over the past year.

Possible Answer:

I’ve always preferred to work in groups and find that my collaborative nature is one of my strongest attributes. On projects that I directed, I work well to inspire diverse team members and work side by side with them to achieve the project goals. In fact, I’ve increased productivity by ten percent over the course of two years.

Possible Answer:

I never miss a deadline. I’m highly organized and I’ve applied my natural skill for organising people and projects to all aspects of my work. After seven years of working as a project manager, I’ve had only one late product launch. From that experience, which took place three years ago, I learned a crucial lesson about trade-offs. I spent time addressing a crucial design need and that pushed everything else back. I wouldn’t trade the lessons I learned from that experience for anything—being sure to communicate to stakeholders about upcoming roadblocks.

Possible Answer:

“I’m a problem solver. I love taking a problem and looking at it from every angle. I enjoy work that challenges me and pushes me to think outside the box. I enjoy situations where I am allowed to work with other people to come up with creative solutions. At my last company we were asked to come up with ways to increase our work flow without decreasing our accuracy. By really analyzing what every department was doing and finding ways to work together more efficiently, I was able to not only streamline the process, but made it possible for us to beat our previous deadline by three days with a superior product as an end result.”

Possible Answer:

Strength – I have a positive attitude, have a lot of patience and never give up easily. I always eager to learn new things and improve myself.

Weakness – My weakness is I overthink a lot sometimes where it is not required and I am emotional too.

Possible Answer:

My strength is that I am self-motivated, hard-working and team leader and time management. I had habituated with all these from my BTech itself because being a team leader of my project I have to submit the work on time and I have to mingle with all NY team members.

My weakness is that I will think on how my future is going to be. But being a self-motivated person I am getting out of my weakness because if I do all the things in the right manner my future will be good and the other depends on God’s grace.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it possible to add more than 5 strengths during the interview?

Letting the interviewer know about your strengths isn’t wrong but make sure you don’t over count them. It’s best to stick to max 5 strengths and reflect it in your words and actions than just talking about them to impress and not abiding by it.

  • Will my weaknesses affect my overall performance in the interview?

No, accepting your weaknesses and letting them know that you’re working on them will improve your performance. Your interviewer knows that you are not perfect so it’s for your good that you do not try to impersonate perfection in any way. Everyone has flaws.

  • Should the strengths and weaknesses be only about qualities or skills as well?

No, it is not important to confine your strengths and weaknesses to qualities only. They can be hard skills too. For example, you may be good on the tech end but weak in programming. Accept them and show that you’re working towards improving it.