You may not have any professional working weaknesses that you are aware of that hinder your ability to perform a job to the best you can. Many professionals and tradespersons perform their job very, very well and do not have any areas of concern that they feel they need to address or has been raised to them by a former supervisor or colleague.
So, you may decide to be upfront and honest that to your knowledge, there are no weaknesses that you can think of which need to be dealt with so that you can effectively undertake your duties.
Answering no when asked this question might not be the best approach to take.
Why is that?
I believe this may not be the best approach to take because a prospective employer/the recruiting agent may not entirely view it as truthfulness. But this is only an assumption. It may even impress them. We don’t know.
Another option to take is to think about an area of ‘professional development.’ that you would like to pursue. It might be to learn another language so that you can converse better with customers from other backgrounds, or it might be a challenge that you recently faced (ie. Being confident on the phone) but recently you have worked on this and it no longer presents itself as a ‘weakness’ as such.
Do you have an interview coming up and would like one-on-one coaching?
Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that provides interview skills coaching, assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with giving your best foot forward to an employer. Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au
The employer has read your resume. They want to hear you talk about your experience.
Even though the explanation on your resume is descriptive and understandable, when answering this question, you are best to concentrate on what the position your applying for is about and miss all the unnecessary extra information.
It would be unwise to respond by stating everything that is already mentioned on your resume. You want to concentrate mostly on the parts of your current job that relate to the position you are going for.
You don’t want the employer to become uninterested in you.
When talking about your responsibilities and what your job involves, make it interesting and expand on what you do and how the tasks you perform relate to the overall purpose of the position.
Show enthusiasm and interest in what you do. It’s best not to come across uninterested even if you really don’t like what you do for work. Your attitude to work no matter what kind of job it may be, can reflect on you as a person and as a potential employee.
Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions is an Australian based business that assists with CV/Resume writing, addressing key selection criteria and covering letters to help you with give your best foot forward to an employer.
They also assist with interview skills coaching either face to face or via online video link. For more information, please visit: https://www.clientcentric.com.au/interview-coaching
Please feel free to visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au.
For most of us, securing a job is a 3 step process. This includes first applying for the job by submitting your resume and cover letter as well as any other supporting documentation, then being called in for an interview and if successful, accepting or rejecting the offer followed by negotiation. But the most important part really is the step of being interviewed. It can make or break our chances of securing the job no matter how good our application is or our potential as a employee with the company.
Being interviewed and handling the interview well is almost like an art. We need to present well, speak well and get along with the interviewer/s. Most interviews consist of one person or a panel of people, asking a series of question both behavioral, job specific and general in nature. No matter how good someone can be at their job, they may struggle with being interviewed. They may say the wrong thing or the right thing but in the wrong way, speak too short, too long or not show enough understanding or experience. First impressions count in an interview.
Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions offers interview coaching via Skype, Phone or Face-Face (Perth & Melbourne, Australia only) and the session is designed to provide you with some confidence and understanding of how to respond to a variety of questions that may be asked of you. The benefits to you can be:
- Improved confidence
- Better understanding of how to approach certain questions
- Understanding of how to market one’s strengths
- How to demonstrate and align experience and value to the role being interviewed for.
Visit their website: www.clientcentric.com.au and they would be more than happy to assist you and work out a suitable time and day convenient for you.
Matthew explains the hidden job market and ways you can find potential jobs from networking and approaching business directly in your field.
Not all positions will be advertised and this is something very important to know and understand when actively applying for jobs. Most people will tend to go to typical job search websites and submit their resume and covering letter in the hope of gaining an interview. Then their application will go into a pool of 70 or more other applicants vouching for the same position and with similar or greater skills and experience.
The hidden job market is where jobs can be found through a variety of other means than typical online applications. This is from interpersonal communication through cold calling prospective employers, networking with industry professionals via digital media platforms such as LinkedIn and potentially from undertaking volunteering with an organisation.
Tapping into the hidden job market is reachable for everyone but it does take time and effort as well as confidence. Being confident in making a call to a business and marketing your skills and experience to them and asking if there are any opportunities available. It is worth a try.