What are your strengths and weaknesses?


Are you afraid of this interview question? Many job seekers are…It is difficult to speak in bad terms about ourselves, and for some of us, it is even difficult to see the strengths we have. But the truth is that everyone has some. Don’t be afraid to see good things in you!

There is a simple formula you have to follow when answering this question. You should pick a weakness that is not important for a job and elaborate on it, saying how you try to improve on it. This will present you as a responsible employee who tries to become a better worker every day.

If we talk about strengths, you should pick one that is as much useful for retail worker as possible. To such strengths belong:

  • responsibility
  • attention to detail
  • good communication skills
  • being patient
  • good observation skills

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If you told the interviewers that you had good communication skills, but struggled to talk with them in an interview, it would not be good. The same applies if you told you are patient, but struggled to wait for your time and were nervous as they let you wait for ten minutes… They are not stupid, they watch also your behavior, not only what you say. Therefor, you should pick a strength that you either really have, or at least one that somehow can be shown in an interview.

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Sample answers

I have a tendency to be over friendly with customers. It sometimes takes my attention away in work. It is not good. However, I try to improve on my weakness and be focused in job. I always remind myself my duties and what I am supposed to do. From the strengths, my communication skills are very good and so I am able to deal with different kinds of customers with ease, even with angry people.

I am very responsible. I have been working in retail store for the past six years and I did not miss a single shift and never was late. From my weaknesses, I can not work well with computers. However, I attend evening courses and try to improve on my computer skills.

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