What are your strengths and weaknesses?


We do not like to talk about our weaknesses, especially if we try to impress someone, and get the job. What is more, we can always tell the weaknesses of the others, our friends and partners, but we often struggle to recognize our own. So how to deal with this question?

Let’s start with the easier part, the strengths. You should pick a strength that is relevant for a job of a pharmacist, and ideally a strength that you really have. For example:

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to understand the needs of other people
  • Patience and responsibility
  • Customer service skills
  • Sales skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Enthusiastic personality

Not all weaknesses matter

Young woman is ready for her interview in pharmacy. We can see the interviewers talking behind her.Good pharmacist does not have to posses any management or leadership skills. These abilities matter for managers and directors, but not for pharmacists. Computer skills aren’t essential for us either.

What is more, you can even choose a weakness that may be considered a strength, for example being over-friendly to customers.

But whatever weakness you talk about in an interview, you should always mention your efforts to improve, and become a better pharmacist. Let’s have a look at some answers.


Sample answers

Two women, one in blue and one in cream dress, shake hands in an interviewI have good communication skills, and I do not have a problem to talk to any person. That makes it easy for me to deliver a good customer service. On the other hand, I struggle to manage people and to lead them. I would like to work on my management skills in the future.

I am patient, responsible, and I do not mind doing the same tasks day after day. But I would love to improve on my computer skills–I am not good with¬† computers. I recently started to attend evening classes, and I hope to improve on my skills with the common office software.


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