What are your strengths and weaknesses? (Sample answers included)

 

Try to be honest. Tell us about your weaknesses, and elaborate on them saying how you try to improve on each weakness.

Everyone has some weaknesses, but it is your attitude to weaknesses that makes from you a good (or a bad) job candidate.  Show us that you are aware of your imperfections, as well as of your strengths.

 

Job related strengths, weaknesses that are not essential for the job

Administrative assistants do not have to excel in management, or 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 there are many such abilities (or your lack of them).

Likewise, you should choose a strength that is at least somehow relevant for office assistants, for example patience, responsibility, typewriting skills, excellent computer skills, and so on. Let’s have a look at sample answers.

Meeting in the office, two women

Sample answers

I am very efficient with computers, and typewrite quickly and correctly. What is more, I enjoy doing it. I have a great attention to detail, and I rarely make mistakes. But my communication skills are not really as good as they should be–especially in face to face meetings. I know this matters, and I do my best to improve on these skills, trying to talk to people and to learn from better speakers.

I am always on time, and my motivation never wavers. 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 leadership skills. It’s difficult for me to lead a team of people, doesn’t matter in work or in my personal life. But I accept this weakness as it is, for now. Hopefully I will manage to improve on it in the future…

Next steps and other tough questions

Question about your strengths and weaknesses isn’t the only difficult question you will face in your interview. If you experience anxiety, have a look at the Administrative Assistant Interview Package.

Great answers to all tough questions will help you relax and deliver your very best on the big day. Check the eBook page and read the samples and see for yourself. Thank you, good luck!

Matthew

Handshake at the end of admin. assistant interview

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