Trinity Strengths & Weaknesses Tips
Hello, my name is Cory Minter and I am with Ethan May and we are with Trinity Employment Specialists. We’re a staffing firm located here in Tulsa, Oklahoma and every single week we go over some hints for our managers and for our employees. Today we’re going to be talking about for employees, how do you handle the, the question about strengths and weaknesses, and this is how this came up yesterday we were in, we were in a meeting and we always try to talk about what are some of the biggest problems or hurdles that our applicants are having when they go through the interviewing process. And one of our lead recruiters, cassie, CNC Machinist, she, she brought up, she’s like, you know, I can’t believe it, but it’s always, it just always comes up this question of strengths and weaknesses and you know, what’s funny in, in the nineties, this question was answered completely different then than it is today.
You know, are you aware of this? No. What do you mean? I asked that question, what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? And every interview I do, but I mean, how, how is it so different and the, my gosh, alright, so this was a big, big deal. And so those of those of the audience who are probably a millennial and younger are not going to know about this, but when I was graduating from college, and so this was a guy, it was 98, 99. CNC Machinist, the big thing was how to handle this question. And so you had, you had all these professors and people were like trying to master it and so they had this big thing of will just make your strength your weakness or make your weakness, your strength and you just turn it around. All right? So this became, someone did this in an interview, they talked about it, it became popular and so all of a sudden everyone starts doing it.
And because everyone was doing it, everyone knew that all the interviews now know that this is a complete and total made up prepared for answer. And so this is what, this is kind of what it would sound like. Okay? So you’ve never heard this before? CNC Machinist, so, so check this out, it would sound, it would sound something like this. Well, I’ll tell you what, my, uh, my weakness is I just really try to work too hard. I overwork and it really creates a problem, you know, and so one of the things I try to do is try to know that I work too hard and try to pull it back. And so it, every interviewer was like, okay buddy, you know, but it got the thing is, is the reason that it worked for interviewed, you know, people who are interviewing is because it got me out of it, you know, wipe off the forehead and move on, you know, and so you would, you would basically talk about two strengths in this, but now everyone’s privy to it’s.
Yeah, you know, that doesn’t happen any longer. Um, and uh, but it’s still probably the most common question ever asked in an interview is tell me about what your strengths are and tell me about what your weaknesses are. What are you looking for here? Whenever they ask that. Well, I mean, it, it has become kind of a generic interview question almost because a lot of people ask it, so it seems like, okay, yeah, just your basic question, but it’s a really important question. I mean, stats from a monster.com job searching website. They said that 24 percent of wrong hires, so you know, when, when you’re hiring people and you realize, man, they might not be a good fit. It can be for a lot of reasons, you know, uh, anything from not a good worker to, you know, poor, um, you know, culture in the office, but they were saying 24 percent of wrong hires have caused the business loss of customers.
So of those new hires you got a quarter of them were, were simply by being the wrong person. They’re losing the company business. And so this question is important because you want to know, hey, what are you good at and what are you bad at? Because what you’re bad at might cost me some business. And that’s important. And we were just talking about that and I can tell that you were kind of surprised by that. I was surprised that number wasn’t higher is what I’m saying. I, I wasn’t, I was surprised I’d, I misread you. I was thinking that you were like, Oh man, that’s a lot. Oh No, I, I figured that would have been a lot higher but, but still 24 percent, still a really big number. That’s the, I think, I think at least in my experience. But. So it’s an important question because you want to know if that person’s going to do, you know, do good business for you or lose business for you.
When, when I hear this question or when I asked this question, Ethan, um, you know, my interview style is completely different and you know that because I interviewed you a long time ago and I told you that it’s going to be different. I asked this question and I look at the authenticity in the person’s eyes and I want to see how truthful they being with me because, CNC Machinist, you know, and everybody’s gonna look at it a little bit differently. But I, I honestly want to read them and go, is this person being honest, because in, in our company, one of the culture things, I try to Hartford culture almost all the time and I want to know, I want to know how honest the person is and if you get, if you get someone who’s truly being authentic with you, a lot of times that, that is going to, that’s going to give an indicator of intellect.
They’re confident, you know, and that, that’s one of the things that I really loved about you. You were very authentic in that. And that was something that I was really looking for. But so when, you know, as, as an interviewer, you know, everybody’s looking for a little bit different of a thing. What is it you’re looking for? I’m looking for authenticity. But I’m also, I’m looking for people who are self aware and that’s so important to life in general, but also to work view things to me will disqualify a candidate more than when I say, what are some of your strengths? And they go, uh, I don’t know. I haven’t thought of that. Um, and they, they sit there, they can’t think of one single thing good about themselves to say, or the same thing with weaknesses or when someone, when I, when I asked, you know, what’s, what’s a weakness of yours?
And they go, I don’t, I can’t really think of any. I feel like I do a good job at work. I try hard. I’m like, well, you’re not very self aware to that point then you can, you that you’re not able to critic, you know, critically look at yourself and say, man, I could probably work on this or this is something that holds me back. But I try to overcome. That’s, I mean, well, you know, you, you brought that up. But that is a, that is a true common characteristic of a players and most. But it’s, it’s, uh, very, it, it only a is held within a small percentage of the population, of the entire human population. Being self aware is a, is a trait that, that re really the most successful people on planet earth have. And they say this, one of the top things that you need to have to be able to be a very, very successful, but the thing is for an interview or if you, if you are getting ready to interview, listen, knowledge gives you power.
Knowing how you’re going to answer this question is really, really helpful. That’s what we’re wanting to try to help you with. Um, so I want to get started into our, into our action items because I really want to give you something to, to leave you with that will help you. Um, but first I’ve got a really great quote in this. Come from this Guy Dan Thompson, and I was trying to look him up and go, who is this guy? He’s great and he’s a, he’s an artist, but this is an artist’s viewpoint on, uh, on interviewing. I thought it was great and it’s about as weakness. This is how I got argued during, during job interviews, when they ask what is your worst quality? Always say flatulence that way I always get my own office. Dan. Dan Thompson says this. So, uh, I don’t recommend these. Don’t say that Trinity Employment Specialist is not recommend this in an interview, but let’s, let’s kick in to, uh, to some of the strengths.
This is what we found and, and I want to read two or three of these each. CNC Machinist, you know, I, I went onto some of these, uh, some of the top of websites have information on how to handle these questions and they’ve got some scenarios. So Ethan, why don’t you read a couple of your favorite in here. Sure. For strengths. And so these are scenarios on how people have handled their strengths. And then, uh, I’m going to talk about it. Then we’ll then we’ll give a couple of examples of weaknesses and then that’ll be our time there. Go ahead and read us a couple here. Sure. Well, one thing that’s really great and one thing we found to be kinda reiterated on this, on this site that we found as well is your strengths. You don’t need to just list them off like a, I’m a problem solver.
I’m always on time. I’m empathetic, I’m nice to customers. We want to hear a little bit of what that means because then we hear a little bit more about you. So for example, one of these was, you know, it said, I’m an empathetic person. I’m really skilled at relating to people understanding their needs and my internship over the summer I was working the support line. I received a call from a disgruntled customer who has just dropped from our service while the company couldn’t find a solution for I walked her through other options. She might have a positive takeaway and that answer, you’re kind of answering, I’m an empathetic person and you’re talking a little bit about yourself while giving applicable, um, times that you’ve used that skill. And that is much better than just I’m empathetic. Let me give you an outline on this and this is something you can write down to two or three point thing.
The first thing is, is you want to mention your strength. The second thing is you want to have a story of an example about how you use the strength. And the third point is, you want to say how you believe the strength is going to help you in this job for this company. Yeah. Okay. So these three things, write these down, come up with the strength, a quick story, and then how you think it’s going to be applicable to the company and you’re going to win on strengths. Why don’t you give them one other example here and then let’s move on to weaknesses. Definitely. Yeah. Like another one would be, uh, yeah, I believe that one of my greatest strengths is the ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently. I can kind of see any given situation for multiple perspective, which makes me uniquely qualified to complete my work even under challenging conditions.
CNC Machinist, you know, I’m, I’m comfortable with speaking to senior executives like I did in my last job, but also all the way down to junior team members, which I did in my last job. I was kind of a middle man between the mall and I did it well. Um, and I think my ability to do that would be a really huge asset to your team. That’s another great one. You’re able to talk a little bit about the previous job that you had, how it’s a strength, how you used it, and how you feel like I’m going to bring that to your team as well and kind of give you that. Absolutely. And listen, if you’ll just go onto google and you’ll and you type in how to talk about strengths and weaknesses. You’re gonna, you’re gonna. Find other scenarios that you can glean from and get some ideas.
For some people the thing is make sure you personalize it and make it applicable and I really think that’ll help you. Let’s move on to weaknesses real quick so we can wrap up in enough time. Yeah, this one’s important as well because again, like we were saying, it shows that you’re self aware. I hate it when people come in and they say, I can’t really think of a weakness. I’m, I’m, you know, I’m pretty good worker because that’s just not true. Everyone has weaknesses, but one in particular that we hear way too often is I’m a perfectionist. You know, I want everything to be perfect. I’m like, okay, well everyone does, but some that are really great, they’re kind of weaknesses but, but nothing that will really, you know, disqualify you from the job would be something like a, I tend to be overly critical of myself whenever I complete a project.
I can’t help but feel I could have done maybe a little bit more for the project even though I know it’s good. I want to do a little bit more and go back into it sometimes that just leads me to get a little bit of tunnel vision on that project instead of just saying it’s done, it’s good and I’m going to move on. CNC Machinist, but uh, you know, work on doing that and setting those goals. So I know when it’s done it’s time for me just to move on and that’s something as well that shows I want to work her and I want to do good. But I understand that that weakness sometimes really does limit, limit me with that tunnel vision. But I try to move past that. I want to give three points to everyone. If you have a pen, you’re writing this, this is going to help you real quick.
It’s, it’s, um, it’s very similar to the strengths. The first thing is you want to know what you’re, what you’re going to talk about with your weakness. Okay? So make sure you know what that is. The second thing is, is give a story or a scenario of how that’s impacted you in your, in your work previously, in. The third thing is, is talk about what you do to overcome that. So, um, it, it could sound, it could sound something like this. I’m one of the things that, that I do is on. I can be overly critical of myself. For example, when, you know, when I was a, when I was getting, when I was preparing for this, uh, for this podcast today, um, I was looking at the statistics and everything that I was looking at and I was, and I was going so deep into it that actually provided too much information.
In fact, I just had this conversation with you. Um, and so what I’ve, what I began to do is just to be self aware of the problem and make sure that I put a time limit on how much that, how much that I am paying attention to the details. I think some people can appreciate some of the detail that I go into, but when it becomes not time efficient, it can be a problem. So I just want you to know that I’m aware of it and I always put time measures on it to make sure and cover it. Sure. And so that’s a great example of how you can. Oh yeah, yeah. Because then your weakness doesn’t just end with, I’m bad at this. It shows this is something I struggled with, but I’m kind of moving towards getting better at it. I’m overly critical of myself, but over the past few years I’ve really tried to work hard on looking at my achievements objectively and individually and celebrating the wins that they are.
That enables me to move on. That shows that you’re moving towards growth. These things. If you wrote down these outlines and practice this, you’re going to be knowledgeable. Remember, I’m always telling you, knowledge gives you power, so the more time that you prepare for this, your preparation, the level of your preparation will change your circumstances. I hope that this helps you. We love helping the people that we work with a to find the right position for you. Um, if we can help you in any way, please give us a call at nine. One, eight, six, two, two, two, five, eight, eight. Or you can visit us online at Trinity Employment Dot Com.