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What is more important? Your strengths or your weaknesses?

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

A blog post in the series: 'Job Change in Agribusiness' by Bettina Lichtenberg | Business Coaching Lead | Riebensahm Agribusiness Recruiting


I don't know how many times I've been asked in job interviews what my biggest weakness is.



Sometimes I said that I am too impatient (which is true, ask my former team members) or that I have a perfectionist streak (which is also true).


The weaknesses question probably comes up in almost every interview. It's a classic stress question - and good for making you nervous.


With these questions, the recruiters want to find out how well you reflect on yourself and deal with your weaknesses.


The first time I was asked in a job interview what my greatest strength is, I actually had to think.


How about you? Do you know what your greatest strength is?


When I talk to my clients about their strengths, many talk about their professional successes in the past.


Others talk about what makes them happy.


But both can be misleading. Because a normal professional career is determined by many coincidences. And our professional successes do not always make us happy.

In addition, we often don't feel comfortable talking about our strengths. This is especially true for women, but not only.


One doesn't want to brag...


Okay, for an interview, I'm sure you can find a few strengths to score points with, e.g.

  • Reliability

  • Perseverance

  • Creativity

  • Ability to work in a team

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Initiative

But it is worthwhile to take a closer look at your strengths.


Your strengths are part of your personality.

The better you know yourself, the greater the chances that you will find a job that suits you perfectly.


And that's what we all want.


My tip for finding your strengths:


Identify the moments when you really feel good about yourself. The moments when you are completely yourself.


What are the strengths behind them?


Because a key reason for this inner fulfillment is that you can fully express your strengths and your potential in such a moment.


Have you ever thought more intensively about your strengths?


What experiences do you have with them? We are looking forward to your comments!


Questions? Then please feel free to contact us!



Stefano Pettinella | Pet Industry Lead | https://tinyurl.com/SPettinella


Michael Witt | Agribusiness Lead 'Crop' | https://tinyurl.com/MichaelWitt


Dr. Jochen Riebensahm | Agribusiness Lead ’Livestock & Technology’ | https://tinyurl.com/JRiebensahm

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