Job interview question: what are your qualities and your defects? (with examples!)

Job interview question: what are your qualities and your defects? (with examples!)


The qualities

Provide quality related to the position

It is important to give qualities that are related to the position. Many candidates will tend to give qualities that have absolutely no relation to the position.

I give you an example. Isma was looking for a position as a communications officer. When asked to name 3 qualities. The first quality that she puts forward is the fact that she is bilingual in English.

 When asked why she decided to put forward this argument, she replies: “This is not the case for everyone. In my opinion, this is a good way to set myself apart from the other candidates. ”

Was it wise to choose this quality?

No, Isma wanted to work for a small communication agency that only had English clients.

You typically see Isma choosing a poor quality. Even if being bilingual in French seems an asset, it is not the quality to put forward in this situation.

So how do you find the right qualities to dazzle the recruiter?

Consult the job offer

The best thing to do to select the right qualities is to look at the ad.

In 90% of cases, this information is specified in the “candidate profile” section. This is where the company says what it expects from you.

Qualities are often soft skills, that is to say, elements that are unique to your personality. But you can also make a link with a skill.

For example, you can say: “I am a very organized person, who makes me a very good project manager”.

If no quality is mentioned in the ad, I advise you to go to Google and type the name of the position with job description.

Then, of course, all you have to do is choose the qualities that are most like you.

Illustrate your quality with an example

Now you don’t have to answer the question by citing a quality. You must prove it by illustrating your words with an example.

If you say: “I am a rigorous person”, that is only your responsibility. The recruiter doesn’t have to believe you.


Do not choose a defect directly related to the position

To give away your defects, the task is a little more complicated. To avoid making a mistake, you should never give a defect directly related to the position you are looking for.

If you are running for a Head of Compliance position, for example, you cannot tell me “I sometimes lack discipline”. It is at odds with the position you are targeting.

Do not give a false defect

The most common mistake when talking about defects is to give a false fault.

I strongly advise against doing this. Recruiters hate it and it irritates them greatly.

How is it a defect to work too much? To be so involved in his work?

To be so perfectionist?

Do not go on this ground there. You have nothing to gain from it.

On the contrary, give a real defect and say what you are doing to correct it.

Give a false defect already corrected

I share, with you, a trick that works well and which consists of giving a defect that you had in the past but which is already corrected.

For example:

“When I started my career, I was rather very reserved. This is the reason why I took a post of telephone advisor where I did not have the customer in front of me.

Gradually, I gained self-confidence. Today, I am the director of a bank branch. I am very comfortable and I even have a lot of fun

to talk to customers. ”

In this specific case, give you a real defect. You are not cheating. Talking about a corrected defect allows you to answer the question honestly without shooting yourself in the foot.

Choose a “limited” defect

To find a second defect, I advise you to find a defect that is limited in time or that applies in special circumstances.

Let me explain. If you say: “I’m impatient”. You might think that it will be difficult to work with you.

It is therefore essential to show that you are not impatient all day long but, for example, when you have to hand over important files.

“When I have to return my credit reports, I can be impatient and ask my colleagues many times for the documents that I am missing. “

In the second part of your answer, you need to show what you are doing to progress.

“I am aware that it can be difficult for some of my colleagues. I try, therefore, as far as possible to anticipate all the documents that will be necessary for me to constitute my file in order to leave more time for my colleagues to work. ”

Here you know my method to answer this question.



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