Inexperienced HR managers ask this question to actually learn something about your weaknesses, or they use it simply because they found it on some job interview template, or on our website 🙂
However, the experienced recruiters can easily identify your strengths and weaknesses. For me it takes less than five minutes of talking to the person (and watching their non-verbal communication) to tell their principal strengths and weaknesses.
Nevertheless, even experienced recruiters may use this question to see whether you admit your weaknesses, whether you are humble or overconfident.
Do not be afraid to talk about weaknesses
Try to be honest. Tell them about your weaknesses, and elaborate on that with an explanation on how you try to improve on them. That’s the attitude we search in great job applicants.
Job related strengths, weaknesses that are not essential for the job
Administrative assistants do not have to excel in management, or in leadership. They do not have to be the smartest people in the office….
These things are important for other employees, but not for the assistants. You should talk about a weakness that won’t have a negative impact on your job.
And you should choose a strength that is at least somehow relevant for office assistant, for example patience, responsibility, typewriting skills, excellent computer skills, and so on. Let’s have a look at sample answers.
I work fast with computer and typewrite, and I enjoy doing both. I am a detail oriented person and I rarely make mistakes in work. But my communication skills are not really as good as they should be. I know it matters, and I do my best to improve on them.
I am always on time, and my motivation stays high, doesn’t matter if we speak about work, or any other activity I do outside of work. I always give my hundred percent, and can not imagine living my life in any other way. On the other hand, I know I should work on my management skills, and I plan to do so in the future.
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