What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?


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Most people are afraid of this question. We do not like to speak about our weaknesses. What more, we often even do not know our own weaknesses

But there is no reason to be afraid. After all, it goes just about one of the starting questions, the ice-breakers. Interviewers are (or at least should be) capable of uncovering your strengths and weaknesses, without a need to hear it from you. That’s what they get their salary for… Many times they just try to evaluate you trustworthiness and an ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of other people. Think about it: If you could not list your own strengths, how could you find, and work with, the strengths and weaknesses of the students and teachers?

Pick related strengths and weaknesses that don’t matter

It’s quite simple. You should choose strengths that are related to the job of assistant principal, such as:

  • Good communication skills
  • Good social skills
  • Responsibility and loyalty
  • Good understanding for the others and their problems
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Management skills

Think for a while about your own experience and personality. Try to identify your strengths and ask yourself which one are the most important for this job. Prepare a short answer and learn it for your interview.

Tell them about your effort to improve

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Each of us has some weaknesses. To tell that you do not have  any weaknesses will be a terrible mistake. You should be able to evaluate yourself, critically. However, as I suggested already, you should try to pick a weakness that won’t hurt your chances. Look at the list of strengths again. Any of these abilities should not appear on your personal list of weaknesses, at least not when you try to get a job of an assistant principal. For example bad communication skills, or weak organization skills, aren’t really your best picks for the meeting with the hiring committee.

However, other weaknesses, such as being over-friendly with students, or being impatient in work, sound much better. Some employers can actually consider them your strengths…

You should once again think about yourself for a minute and identify your own weaknesses. Choose the one that isn’t related to the job and prepare a short answer.

Most importantly, do not forget to mention that you try to get rid of your weakness, or at least improve on it. This effort to improve is what really matters. We all have some weaknesses. But just some of us are aware of it and work on the improvements. And exactly these people employers love to hire.

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