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Many Interviewees face one very common question regardless of their domain, experience, and profile is “What are your strengths & weaknesses?”.
In this blog, I will cover key points of strength and weakness that you may mention in your interview to perform exceedingly well and impress the interviewer. So, Let’s start with the Strengths.
During the interview, your interviewer may ask you to describe your strengths and demonstrate them with some examples. If a candidate is not mentally prepared for this question, he or she may not come up with a good answer and baffle during the explanation. We recommend you prepare your answer professionally.
Even if the question is not asked directly, if you are mentally prepared, you would bring it in a flow without too much aberration. when you answer this question, you need to be very specific to box out the question. First, you need to identify your personal strength or recognize what you’re good at. You need to incorporate a variety of strengths such as technical knowledge base, collaboration skills, leadership skills, etc.
Here are some Strengths that would be recommended to incorporate: Knowledge Base of subject or software tools
Even the very senior or experienced professionals sometimes struggle to answer this question, so we have collated some tips from each of those key strengths:
Hope you have understood some good ways to showcase your strengths. Now, let’s discuss the Weaknesses.
So, what would you say if you are asked to explain your greatest weaknesses?
When you answer this question, you need to be careful that you do not add too many negative attributes, it will jeopardize your chances or potential to get the job opportunity. You need to be humble and willing to find out some weaknesses that you can’t simply overcome and in doing this exercise, you should not be worried about the hiring manager.
When you explain your weaknesses, it is very important to settle the attributes that you are proactively performing on or demonstrate steps you're taking to show that weakness into a strength. When you explain your story or expand on how you're working to vary this weakness can only strengthen your case.
Please remember that weaknesses aren't everlasting, and simply because you've got a couple of weaknesses doesn't mean that you simply are doomed.
Here are some Weaknesses that you may incorporate if you find matches with your weakness:
if you know how to answer, “what are your weaknesses”, it will pave the way for your success in the job interview. If you've got worried about making a response to this question, please see some examples below for guidance:
The more you articulate your weaknesses in simple terms with adequate examples, the better for you to crack the interview. Please see our blog below to know more about the Interview Questions for the Civil Engineering job.
Strength and Weakness questions are very common questions and it's a tricky one to handle. Practice and rehearsals will improve your confidence level and if you are mentally prepared to answer, you wouldn’t be surprised during the interview. Also, you must develop a professional CV to support your candidature. gcelab.com also provides 27 professionally designed CV templates to publish your CV.
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In the early days of my career, some newbie Civil Engineers face this awkward situation when they have no clear answer to a question, sometimes they are from technical topics and sometimes from behaviour, team collaboration issues, project KPI, etc.
It's very important to deal with this situation delicately.
It’s quite an unpleasant condition when you face a question and you are not prepared for it and I honestly believe, how you deal with it mostly turns out to be a deciding factor for the recruiter.
You don’t need to win & come across it, you just need to come around it. For that, Staying Calm is the first thing you need to remember.
If you don’t understand the full question, ask politely for further explanation. Break down the question into 3-4 segments and try to see if any of those segments fits with your profile and answer around it.
If you can't find an immediate answer, request politely to revisit later during the interview process, while you are still figuring out the way around it.
If you come across the same issue in the past and couldn’t find the answer, you can openly discuss that and show your willingness to learn it and set as annual performance improvement goal.
After listening to the question, normally the first thought that comes to your mind tends to be very close to the honest answer. And if that suggests that you don’t know the answer, then simply admit and express it.
You are not supposed to know everything but you must be honest with what you know and what you don’t.
It may not sound as an important skill as technical skills but confident body language plays a very important role to get success in an interview, especially when you are stuck in an awkward situation like the above. And to get confidence, you must practise your pitch as many times as possible.
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