What are your strengths and weaknesses? | Eklavya Online

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

This is a very common question asked by HR personnel to candidates.

Remember that interviewers these days hardly ever get impressed by flowery responses.

So be careful while tackling this one.

Possible Answer #1:
“I have several strengths namely – I am patient, committed, honest and self-motivated.

I am the biggest dreamer I have ever come across! I forgive easily and hate to keep grudges in my heart.

My greatest weakness is that I don’t like getting interrupted when I am seriously into something.

Another one of my weaknesses is that I trust people very easily.

As I already said, I am a very patient person, so I am actively working on this lacuna.”

Possible Answer #2:
“I am impatient which is the reason why I am a quick learner.

But I honestly believe that being impatient is a real weakness.

I expect my team members to prove themselves and start delivering on the very first assignment.

In case a particular resource fails, I have a tendency to stop delegating work to them and pick up projects on my own.

I am working on this attitude and in my previous organizations, my peers helped me cope up with this to a great extent.

To compensate for my own weakness, I prep my people about my exact expectations.

Then I give them a complete scope of the assignment followed by various “checkpoint” dates, where they can update me about their progress, with a demo/presentation if applicable.

In my previous job as a Project Manager, I was handling a 15-member team of both individual contributors and business managers like lawyers, Web Designers, Graphic Designers, SEO/SEM Consultants, Editors, Writers and Callers.

I used to break the entire task down into manageable chunks for each employee, followed by stringent timelines about when they would circle back to me.

This process worked brilliantly, helped me stay within the assigned budget and helped everyone achieve their individual targets, as they learnt.”

Tip: In your HR interview questions and answers round, avoid confusing answers such as this one. It might spark a war of words. Instead of this, you need to highlight a skill-set which you feel has scope for improvement. Remember to summarize what you have been doing to improve the same. The takeaway here is that your HR round interviewer is not interested to know about your weakness. Rather s/he is interested to see how well you handle the situation!

Possible Answer #3:
“I am a perfectionist and that is my main weakness, which I also think is my strength.”

Read more answers here.

You have not done your PG yet. This is not a drawback, but don’t you think you should get a PG degree asap?
Other variations of this question are as follows:

Do you want to complete your Masters/Post Graduation in near future?
Do you aspire to pursue higher studies?
Don’t fall into the interviewer’s trap. This question is shot at you to check your confidence level.

So, do not feel unarmed or look surprised. Keep your calm and answer smartly with a strong and indestructible logic.

Possible Answer #1:
“As soon as I graduated, I felt the urge to start working in the real world. It’s not that I am a total novice.

I have undergone 3 internships, of which 2 are paid from reputed organizations.

This credential has helped me land an offer from one of those firms.

I sometimes wonder whether I should have first completed my post-graduation.

Had I done so, I wouldn’t have been able to develop my complete portfolio.

And I am hoping that my track record will help me get selected for this position in your esteemed organization.”

Possible Answer #2:
“Having a PG degree is important, but I don’t think it is mandatory.

Most job seekers out there have similar degrees. In order to differentiate, a PG degree from a reputed university along with the total experience can obviously help me stand out.

I am aware of this and as soon as I get a call from any university about an executive program with weekend classes, I will surely enroll for the same.

As of now, I have a lot of responsibilities back home, which is why I don’t think it will be wise on my part to enroll myself into a full-time PG program.”