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					Identifying & Discussing Your Strengths & Weaknesses
                                    What is your greatest strength?
                                                   -And-
                                   What is your greatest weakness?
These are two questions that you will be asked by an interviewer in almost every job interview you
have. Most job seekers are able to name strengths and weaknesses, but are unable to discuss
them or tell interviewers why their strengths and weaknesses are important to the job for which
they are interviewing.


            Two Key Points to Remember When Identifying Your Strengths and Weaknesses:
   1.   The strength and weakness that you discuss in a job interview should relate to the
        job you are interviewing for.
        •     For example, if you are interviewing to be a bank teller, you should name strengths
              such as cash handling, good customer service, trustworthiness, and math skills,
              because these are all qualifications named in a bank teller job description.
        •     If you talk about your ability to lift heavy boxes over your head, or how good you are at
              working with your hands, an employer might wonder if you really understand what a
              bank teller does.
   2.   You should be prepared to give specific examples and background information
        when discussing your strengths and weaknesses.
              a. Do not just name a strength or weakness and leave it at that.
              b. When discussing a strength, be able to talk about the time and place when you
                 learned and used that skill.
              c. When discussing a weakness, be able to talk about something you are doing to
                 overcome your weakness. For instance:
                      i. If you are a shy person, perhaps you are making an effort everyday to make
                         eye contact and say hello to a person you don’t know, like the bus driver or
                         the cashier at the grocery store.
                     ii. If you do not have any experience in the job you are interviewing for, be
                         prepared to talk about qualities you possess that will help you to overcome
                         that weakness, such as: quick learner, hard worker, positive attitude, ability
                         to work in a team, etc.
                         Discussing Your Strengths
Name 3 types of jobs that you would like to pursue after you complete the JFY Workshop:
1. _______________________
2. _______________________
3. _______________________

Name one strength that applies                    For each strength, give an example of a time
To each job                                       or place where you learned/used that skill. Be
                                                  specific. Talk about how you learned/used the
                                                  skill, for how long, etc. If you learned this skill
                                                  on the job, give the name of your workplace,
                                                  how long you worked there, your title, and how
                                                  you used this skill in that situation.


STRENGTH #1                                       SPECIFIC EXAMPLE #1




STRENGTH #2                                       SPECIFIC EXAMPLE #2




STRENGTH #3                                       SPECIFIC EXAMPLE #3
                      Discussing Your Weaknesses
Name 3 types of jobs that you would like to pursue after you complete the JFY Workshop (should
be the same 3 jobs you listed above):
1. _______________________
2. _______________________
3. _______________________

Name one weakness that applies to each job.       For each strength, give an example of a time
                                                  or place where you learned/used that skill. Be
                                                  specific. Talk about how you learned/used the
                                                  skill, for how long, etc. If you learned this skill
                                                  on the job, give the name of your workplace,
                                                  how long you worked there, your title, and how
                                                  you used this skill in that situation.


STRENGTH #1                                       SPECIFIC EXAMPLE #1




STRENGTH #2                                       SPECIFIC EXAMPLE #2




STRENGTH #3                                       SPECIFIC EXAMPLE #3

				
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