The true simply is: you will get hired if you answer what the recruiter wants to hear.
Like it or not, everyone has prejudices and, as is scientifically proved, we form first impressions with only seconds.
Being asked about your own strengths and weaknesses can be uncomfortable and your answer will utmost depend on the level of self-knowledge you have.
But, if you are not willing to spend time knowing yourself and just want a couple of quick tips and tricks, here we go!
Talk about true weaknesses that are not related to the job
Showing weakness is not a bad thing as we might think. Everyone has them, everyone. But, if you are in an interview for a role that demands a high level of attention detail, maybe saying that you can’t even remember the interviewers name is not the best answer.
Say something that are true but unrelated with the job you are applying for. For example, you can say that you are not good at delegating tasks when your job is not going to require that skill.
Talking strengths are easier, but hold your horses
So, you get to the part where you can talk about things that make your look like someone who could conquer the world but… you don’t want to intimidate the person interviewing you.
Telling things that make your sound much better than what they require you to be could be the way to get knocked off the recruitment process. Unfortunately, the major part of the employers prefers to hire mediocre people that aren’t too much trouble to manage and will not impose a threat to the status quo of the company. Unless you are applying for an openly know to be disruptive company, keep your best to yourself.
Hope this helps!
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