What are your strengths and weaknesses?

→This can also be asked as: How would your current supervisor describe you?

For this question, I usually give three strengths and one weakness. I give examples of each trait. The weakness response is a special case — not only do you admit to having this weakness, but also do you give examples of how you’ve been overcoming it.

Example of a weakness:
I have difficulty speaking up during meetings. I was honest with my supervisor and asked if she could ask me for my opinions during meetings so I could become comfortable doing so. I heard for this position I will be leading meetings and participating in conferences. Although this sounds intimidating, I am excited to participate.

For the strengths, you want to give an answer that you know is true about yourself, but is also unique. And of course, give an example of each.

Sample strengths:

  • Positive
  • Initiator / Go-getter
  • Good Communicator
  • Organized

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