【面試秘訣】提升面試表現的技巧 —— 如何回答「你的優缺點是什麼？」Key Techniques to Improve Your Interview Performance： How to Skillfully Answer "What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?"
During interviews, when you are asked "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" How should you respond? Common answers like "creativity, problem-solving skills, teamwork," and so on, may sound cliché or even disingenuous. Here are some tips to help you tackle this challenge in a sincere, original, and meaningful way.
Firstly, when describing your strengths, focus on the abilities that align with the company's needs. You can achieve this by:
- Addressing the job requirements. Your strengths should align with the qualifications mentioned in the job description
- Providing specific descriptions of your skills. For example, you can make "communication skills" more specific by highlighting your proficiency in public speaking and presentation
- When answering, try to incorporate the strength itself, real-life examples, the impact it had, and your enthusiasm for utilising that strength. This way, your response will be more insightful
Similarly, when discussing your weaknesses, maintain honesty while avoiding self-sabotage. Here are some suggestions:
- Reframe "weaknesses" as "challenges," to minimise any negative connotations and present them as areas for improvement
- Choose weaknesses that can be easily addressed through training or effort, such as data analysis, presentation skills, etc.
- Avoid clichés like "perfectionism" or "workaholic" and avoid disguising strengths as weaknesses (e.g., "Sometimes, I work too hard/do too much research/have too many ideas")
- Select a weakness that is not directly related to core job skills
- When answering, mention the weakness itself, its minor consequences, and your eagerness to overcome it
Remember that interviewers want to know more than just your strengths and weaknesses. They are interested in understanding who you are as a person and how you can contribute to the company's growth and operations. Therefore, when answering this question, demonstrate your ability to enhance the team and the work environment, as well as your sincerity and willingness to grow. As you practise answering questions about your strengths and weaknesses, keep these factors in mind, so that interviewers perceive you not only as a collection of skills but also as a reliable individual both during and after the interview process.