What are your strengths and weaknesses?


You probably have some experience with answering the particular question. However, it has a special meaning in an interview for HR jobs. Recruiters do not ask it to learn about your strengths and weaknesses. They are paid for an ability to recognize your weaknesses in an interview….

They actually ask you the question to see whether you are able to clearly define strong and weak points in general–your own, and those that characterize other people.

If you did not have the skill, you would struggle in any HR role, becasue you would not understand the employees.

She speaks about her strengths and weaknessesSpeak as an HR employee would speak

Instead of just naming your strengths and weaknesses, elaborate on each one. Say how it relates to the job, and how you can improve on it. Doing so, you think and speak as a good HR employee would think and speak in their job.

However, do not fall in a trap! You should speak mostly about weaknesses that are not essential for the work in HR. Otherwise it could happen that you accidentally gave them a reason to choose someone else for the job….

Sample answer

I have a good understanding for the needs and desires of other people, and believe it is a crucial ability for a good HR worker. I have been always able to handle the problems and conflicts with the others. This also matters for HR, and I thought a lot about it when choosing my career a few years ago. Based on my experience with leading small teams, I believe I can motivate the other people, helping them to feel good and respected in their jobs.

From my weaknesses I would say I am not good with computers. However, I try to improve on my computer skills, attending evening classes in a local IT center, and practicing at home.

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