2 questions to answer in your next interview

The most common and, perhaps, most feared questions asked in interviews are:

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

Being prepared for these is the most basic thing you can do before an interview; even better is knowing these before you start your job search.  This sort of self-assessment can be very tough to do by yourself.

What tools do you have to get to these answers?

Finding your strengths

Doing it by yourself could be as simple as taking out a pen and pad. Or asking your friends and loved-ones.

Or you may want to use some of the online assessment tools.  There are thousands and some are better than others for different careers.  They cost from nothing to hundreds of dollars.  They come both with and without interpretation or support.  You may have taken one or more of these before, in school or in a job interview or at a temp placement shop.  Some are validated.  Others are based on the provider’s personal theories.

I like Your Talent Advantage and StrengthFinder

Finding your weaknesses

Looking for your weaknesses might be easier with a partner, someone who knows you well and can be honest with you.  Asking a number of your friends for just one weakness each will give you a list you can look at.  Look also at your “growing edges” to see what you might want to learn in your new job.  You can say “I’m weak in (stretch goal) and would like to be guided by my supervisor to improve in that area.”

What have your experiences been?  For the DIYers among you, check out  

Bundle: My Skills, Expertise and Keywords template, video and podcast

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