What are your strengths and weaknesses? (Sample answers included)


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Universal strengths and weaknesses do not exist. A vital skill of a manager can be completely irrelevant for a teacher. You should pick for your interview answer a strength that really matters in teaching, and a weakness that won’t ruin your chances of getting this job.

Strengths to choose from:

  • good communication and social skills
  • patience, responsibility, tolerance
  • ability to solve conflicts, high level of emotional intelligence
  • creativity and enthusiasm for the work and the students
  • ability to explain things in a simple way
  • ability to connect with children on a personal level


Weaknesses to choose from

Some applicants say that they are over-friendly with children. This is a good answer, since many interviewers would not consider this a weakness.

Other good answer would be specifying a subject you do not like to teach, for example Math.

If you opt for this answer, don’t forget to elaborate on it, saying that you still try your best in every lesson, doesn’t matter if you like to teach the subject. Your attitude is the most important thing after all.

Sample answers

Elementary teacher with students

I have good listening skills, and I believe to understand the emotions and problems of children. Benefiting from this ability, I was able to connect even with the most problematic children in the classroom. From my weaknesses I would mention computer skills. I am more of a people person, and I need to improve on my computer skills. I actually work on that, visiting evening classes.

People say that I am a creative mind, which definitely helps me while teaching. Children are rarely bored with me, as I always have some ideas on how to make the lessons more engaging and interesting. But I do not like to teach Math, it’s just not my favorite subject, and I know I could do it better. That’s something I work on right now.

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