When you appear for a job interview, expect that you will be asked to present a SWOT analysis of your capabilities. This means listing out your strengths and weaknesses, what you see as opportunities and what you perceive as threats. It is always beneficial to make an analysis and be prepared for it at the time of the interview. A well made and frank analysis could mean that you have a fair chance of success. If you are sure of your strengths, and relate them to the job on which you are being interviewed, the interview should be a cake walk. A well made analysis of your strengths would allow you to assess whether the job for which you are being considered is really suitable for your strengths.
Know your strengths
If you have knowledge, talents, general behavior, skills that you have learned from others and pleasant personal characteristics, these will make you consistently successful, this can be considered as strength. Evaluate your strengths by truthfully answering some key questions.
There are certain tasks that keep me completely involved and busy when I perform them. Which are these? When performing these tasks are you totally concentrated on the task at hand and immersed on it, or do you sometimes feel distracted and uninterested?
What is your first reaction to the task allotted to you? Do you feel happy that you have been assigned to the task and feel a lot of satisfaction in this?
What are the activities where you can consistently give the best results? What are tasks and activities that you always completed successfully? Does the performance of the task please you?
What are the kinds of activities that you have found very simple to understand and learn quickly? When did you last enjoy the challenge of having to do or learn a new task?
List all the activities that answers to these questions and be verbose in describing your strengths of being able to schedule an activity, teaching your juniors, developing your staff and delegating work to them and then correctly evaluating the entire activity and analyzing its success for the management.
The job should suit your strengths
Once you have listed out your strengths, analyze whether the present job will relate to your known strengths and practicable. Think of it from your prospective employer’s point of view and whether your strengths would be of use to him. See whether the activities involved in the job can use your strengths profitably and probably add to its value.
And now your weaknesses
As a human you are also prone to errors and have weaknesses. What is it that prevents you from giving your all to an activity? Ask yourself the same questions that elicited your strengths and analyze those activities that you do not feel comfortable about. Is it possible for you to take up these tasks, in spite of your reluctance to improve? This is possible if you plan a schedule to manage and improve on your perceived weakness by practicing it or setting up a support system to eradicate the possibility of failure. See whether any of your strengths can be harnessed to overcome the weakness, and find resources to manage it better. If this point is brought up by your interviewer, let him know the strategies that you have developed in the past to get over your weakness, and the results that accrued from your strategies.
An interviewer will assess from your analysis of strengths and weaknesses whether you are able to take advantage of your strengths and reduce the effects of your weaknesses. Be honest in your answers. Having the guts to face up to a weakness is not a minus point. In fact it will give you more credence to the strengths that can add to your performance in a particular position in the company.