How to answer: What are your strengths & weaknesses?

How to answer: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

If you've been asked the question "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" in an interview, you'll know that panic of trying to list your strengths without sounding like you are bragging and name a weakness that isn't a big deal for the interviewer.

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The key when answering these questions is, to be honest, and be specific.


  • Identify a few key strengths that you possess that the job you are applying for is looking for.

  • Provide examples of how you have demonstrated these strengths in the past, be specific and try to talk about an accomplishment.


  • Identify a weakness that you have (yes, you do have some!), but also explain how you've been working to improve it.

  • A good way of doing this is by providing an example of a situation where you have recognised your weakness and taken steps to address it.


My strengths include my ability to work well under pressure, my attention to detail, and my strong communication skills. I have demonstrated these strengths in my previous role as a retail assistant, where I was able to successfully worked to meet tight deadlines and provided excellent customer service.

One of my weaknesses is my lack of experience with a new piece of equipment. However, I have been actively working to improve this by reading up on it in my own time and learning from other members of the team.

Just remember, stay calm and answer honestly. Everyone has weaknesses what an employer wants to know is how you learn from them. Use Breakroom to find a job that meets your needs.

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*Data used in this blog post is from 20th January 2023

Published on 20 January 2023