Regardless of the job in question, you know that you’re likely to be asked about your key strengths and suitability for the role. There’s also a good chance you’ll be questioned on challenges you’ve faced, but increasingly employers are asking candidates to detail their weaknesses.
It’s a really tough tactic; after all, it’s completely contrary to standard interview practice to highlight anything other than strengths – and no one would choose to sabotage their own performance. So how can you answer in a way that will boost your chances of success?
In this case we will look at answers that those in Care Home Manager jobs might give – but the situation can easily be applied to other areas in healthcare.
Keep your answer focused on work
If you’re a terrible singer or unable to run very far, it’s not going to interest the hiring manager as it has no bearing on any Care Home Manager jobs. It’s easy to try and sidestep the situation by using humour but this will not be a strong answer at all.
Don’t try and give a strength
It may be tempting to give an answer that reinforces just how flawless you are. Telling the interviewer that you “care too much”, or “have a tendency to be a perfectionist” generally comes across as what it is – a bit fake. No one is perfect in reality; it’s far better to present an awareness of a weak spot, especially if you can show how you’re using it to improve.
Don’t make your weakness a vital point….
Whilst you should make your answer relevant to the Care Home Manager job, it doesn’t have to be an essential part of that role. So for example, if you struggle giving presentations to large groups, it’s not likely to affect your day-to-day performance in your line of work, but is still something you might encounter in the workplace.
…and don’t just leave it there
The best answers to this question will consist of two parts. Once you’ve named your weakness, you can show that you’re eager to overcome it and have taken steps for this. For example, if your weakness is group speaking, it’s great to mention that you’ve gone on a course to get better at it. In other examples, you may have done an evening class to be sharper on Excel, or perhaps you’ve taken training to become more assertive. Anything that marks you out as a candidate keen on self-improvement will only strengthen your application.
Ultimately, this isn’t a nice question, but if you stay calm and focused you’ll make a great impression in your answer.
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