In order to lead people, we have to be able to uncover their strengths and weaknesses. Interviewers use this tricky question to see how quickly you can tell something about someone, judging their abilities and skills.
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It is not easy to answer this question, however, since your interviewer is the one whose skills you should evaluate.
Needless to say, the same person will often decide whether you get a job or not. So what to do?
I suggest you to start your answer with compliments, mentioning their strengths you observed in an interview. You can tell them that they are skilled in interviewing people (most recruiters believe so anyway). Or you can compliment them for something else you observed, for example their attention to detail, great listening skills, their charisma, great interview template they made for the interview, and so on.
Once it comes to their weaknesses (second part of your interview answer), try to mention at least one weakness, because it is your task to do that. Pick something that is not very personal though, for example their impatience, or that they are over-friendly to job applicants, or perhaps little confused in the way they lead the interviews.
At the end of the day it is good to say that you have spent little time with them, which makes it difficult to asses their weaknesses. You can inspire yourself with the following answer:
I would say you are experienced in interviewing people, and very responsible, considering the great template you prepared for this interview. Your communication skills are also outstanding, it is a pleasure to talk to you. If I was to connect with you, I would try to find something we both have in common, something that connects us, perhaps a mutual hobby, or something else.
And if I were to list your weakness, I would say you could be more patient with the job seekers. But we are here only for a short time, and I would need to see at least three or four interviews to realistically say what you do great, and what you could do better.
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