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17. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

This is a very general question that you should expect. It deserves a well-prepared answer. You need not only to demonstrate a high level of self-insight but also corroborating evidence from other people.

This is an example of a double question, often used by HR people: ‘What’s positive about…and what’s negative about…?’

For each planned assertion of a strength or weakness, think of a supplementary question they might ask. Often the real test is these supplementary questions, so you have to prepare for them.

I’m good; I’m very, very good

Start with a general statement of what you are and what you do. Then show what strengths you had to have to achieve the results you have: ‘I’m an energetic IT professional ...

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