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How to Answer "What are your Strengths and Weaknesses?"
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Sakshi Abrol
IIM Lucknow, Batch of 2018. Panjab university, batch of 2016. NTSE scholar. Singer. Writer. Foodie.

Unacademy user
Thank you Sir , your videos are awesome.I am a novice right now and i am yet to start my preparation for CSE. As you said strategy matters, and i have a basic question regarding it.If you study a subject would it be better to approach the subject with prelims and mains point of view together or should i first read for prelims point of view and then mains(that is after i complete all my subs for prelims). I know my question is too novice but i need your help.
Can I say interested in mathematics as a strength in finance or bank interview?
I have a bad handwriting can this be a weakness?
Sakshi Abrol
a year ago
Sure but you can give better answers e.g. Something that creates genuine problem for u but what u hv done to change it
Shantanu
a year ago
ok,thanks for the reply and advice.
  1. HOW TO ANSWER TRICKY INTERVIEW QUESTIONS Lesson 4


  2. Q no 5: What are your strengths? Interviewer Expectations: . Wants to judge your confidence (or over confidence) level . Wants you to give them reasons of differentiation . Wants to see your level of "self awareness" How to ace the question . Do a thorough self awareness analysis . Do NOT be over confident or give over smart answers DO NOT say confidence, communication skills, perfection or CV as these are not strengths.


  3. How to answer the question Everyone has strengths, you just have to understand & articulate well . Perform a deep dive self analysis . Try and think of tough situations which you overcame (can be life decisions, conflicts or any complicated situation you can think of) . Understand which qualities helped you tackle them. .Strengths are individualistic and unique. . Do NOT try to Google or copy someone else's strengths . You must be able to justify you answer with some instances or situations in which you displayed that strength.


  4. Sample answer DO NOT COPY AS THE ANSWERS ARE GENERIC IN NATURE Sir/mam, during my experience as xyz l had to tackle a lot of abc issues. These issues were really tricky in nature as I was directly dealing responsible for fhgd. During this period, I realised that ABC is my biggest strength, as it helped me tackle these issues effectively HINT: you can talk about sports, internships, life experiences (not too personal), school/college life experience, previous jobs etc


  5. Q no 6: What are your weaknesses? Interviewer Expectations: Wants to judge your confidence (or over confidence) level . Wants you to give them reasons of differentiation . Wants to see your level of "self awareness" How to ace the question . The answer should communicate a weakness which does NOT have a direct impact on you selection . You must also tell the steps you are taking to overcome this weakness


  6. How to answer the questiorn Everyone has weaknesses, the trick is to take the path of least resistance ( pick most harmless weaknesses) . Perform a deep dive self analysis . Weaknesses are individualistic and unique. . Do NOT try to Google or copy someone else's weaknesses . Do NOT be over confident or give over smart answers DO NOT say things like 1. I'm a perfectionist" 2. "I have no weaknesses" 3. "indecisiveness is my weakness", 4. "laziness" etc.


  7. Sample answer DO NOT COPY AS THE ANSWERS ARE GENERIC IN NATURE Sir/Mam, there is one area of weakness that I feel I need to work upon and that is XYZ. Recently I've realised that this particular thing has been withholding my full potential. So I'm doing abc things to improve on this particular aspect of my life Hint: Pick a weakness that will not affect you chances of selection If you are appearing for leadership role, indecisiveness must not be your weakness. If you are appearing for a data intensive role "mathematics" should not be your weakness etc