3. WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
You just like your employer are no “perfect” human. You are bound to have weaknesses and your employer will want to be savvy of them. It is important to not undermine your capabilities while hinting at your weaknesses. The employer is simply trying to establish that your skillset is deemed fit for the role. They also ask this question to test your honesty.
A typical response like “I don’t have any weaknesses and I excel at all that I do” will only prove your duplicity. To answer this question, you can hint at assets that are irrelevant to the role in question to divert the recruiter’s attention. You can also talk about skills you have improved. Again, mentioning skills that are non-essential to the role you have applied for is a healthier strategy.
Here's a sample response;
I tend to take up too many responsibilities at once and fail to achieve the best results. Upon self-reflection, I took brief courses in project and time management. Although I am yet to complete both programs, I am seeing significant improvement. I draw to-do lists in a manner of priority before I begin my day. This has made me finish tasks in a short while with excellent deliverables. I am confident I will make strides with my weaknesses upon concluding the courses.
Why This Answer Stands Out:
This answer is genuine and shows the candidate turning their weakness into a success story. By touching on self-reflection, we can speak of their self-awareness. Secondly, they have made an effort to become better rather than wallowing in dormancy.
4. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
At a job interview, the answer(s) to this question will inform your employer of your motivation and future goals. Do your goals match up with the role? What will you accomplish within and beyond that jurisdiction? They don’t expect you to have all the answers. However, having a goal or vision that aligns with the said position will highlight your stability, a trait all hiring managers look out for.
Given the budget allocated to the hiring process, employers want to feel confident in hiring people who are committed to long-term growth and not looking for a quick route to make money. Remember to take some out to brainstorm and ask yourself pertinent questions about your future goals before the D-Day.
This response may be of help when answering this question:
Over the next 5 years, I want to develop my skill set as a project manager. I want to have expert knowledge in project management tools like Asana and Trello. Lastly, I want to have a better understanding of risk management and planning projects focused on attaining the anticipated goals.
This candidate has demonstrated willingness and zeal to improve as a project manager including areas that are not his fortes.