What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?


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Most people are afraid of this particular question. We do not like to speak about our weaknesses. What’s more, many of us do not even know our own weaknesses.

But there is no reason to be afraid. After all, it goes about one of the starting questions, the ice-breakers. Interviewers are (or at least should be) capable of uncovering your strengths and weaknesses on their own, without a need to hear them from you–that’s what they get their salaries for.

Many times they use this question just 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 and teachers and the students?

Pick related strengths and weaknesses that don’t count

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

  • 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 important for the 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 the interviewers that you have no weaknesses would be a terrible mistake. You should be able to evaluate yourself, critically. However, as I suggested already, you should pick a weakness that won’t hurt your chances to sing a job contract.

Look at the list of strengths again. Any of these abilities should not appear on your personal list of weaknesses. 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 to us. Some employers won’t even consider them as weaknesses in this particular job.

again you should think about yourself for a minute and identify your 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. The effort to improve is what really matters. We all have weaknesses. But just some of us are aware of them, and work on the improvement. Recruiters love to hire such people….

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