peop;e have different strong and weak points. but in a interview,say something people else don't have. you can talk about your part-time job experience or your work days as a trainee. and most important,do not say any weak points which will change the interviewer's impression on u. i mean something like u r not a good team-worker,or u have no sense of time.that may kill your interview.trust me and good luck.
I know that what are my strong point and my weak point. Of course you have to say different things if you apply different kind of jobs. My strongests are that i am a good systemizer and i have good organizational skills. I have ability to put the things into right order for example in my present workplace I put the documents into order according to their contains. I apply the office 5S. So now everything can be easily found. If you talk about your weakness you should say something which sounds positive way. For example: You are too precise and spend too much time with the details. But you have realized that and now you try to manage your time better. Or you can say something similar i think.
I agree with you Beathy, you have to say different things for different job interviews. When I use to work on graphic design projects I would become a perfectionist and that would sometimes be a problem as I would spend way to much time focusing on one tiny tiny issue that wasn't really visible when looking at the big picture. On the other hand, I have terrible organizational skills – shockingly bad! That's something I am trying to work on these days.
Let me share one of my previous job interview experience with a very big industrial company producing white goods, production facilities of which are based in Turkey, Russia and China.
I didn't even apply for the position. They make a selection out of a pool of resumè which is uploaded on the internet which they are also a member of. I was called for a job interview for a back-up position in foreign sales department. A very good option to start building a career. I admit hereby I made a trick on my information showing my residence in Istanbul in order not to miss the opportunities. Anyway… I went to their hq and filled in a form first. It was a questionairre of bullshit, asking questions like "what's your strong points/weak points" "what do you expect from this company" "what is your career target at this company" blablabla…
Benjipie… I disagree with your notion where you say you have to introduce your personal traits as to company needs. These questionairres measure your consistency. At least this is the main focus of questionairres in Turkey.
And for the sake of sticking to consistency, I just wrote the traits of Taurus which led to an interesting conversation, sweeping the fake "professional" mood out of the office :) I talked about literature, arts, philosophy and etc… Previous work experience, my working mentality etc was also elaborated as well.
At the end of the interview, HR specialist woman told me that the interview was successful. They wanted me to meet their manager in the following process and they would call me back when they were ready. Then I asked
"So… Do we also agree with the last part of your questionairre?"
"(eyes skimming through pages) Which part you mean?"
"There is a question asking how much you want to get paid. I wrote 1700 turkish liras there (it's about 1200$ and consider that minimum wage in Turkey is about 500$, last but not the least, the cheapest house rent in Istanbul is around 300$)"
"If that's the net amount, I'm afraid this is above our scale and if you are insistent this is your bottom line, we regret to say that we can't employ you"
"Ok then, thanks anyway. Good luck with your job interviews"