The best way to respond is to describe your responsibilities in detail and to connect them to the job you are interviewing for. Tie your responsibilities in with those listed in the job description for the new position.
I'm sure if you asked my friends that question they would say you should hire me because I have the skills outlined in the job description and I bring 10+ years of expertise to this position. Words they've used to describe me are: hard working, professional, trusted and a team player.
I plan on gaining additional skills by taking related classes and continuing my involvement with a variety of professional associations.
First of all, you should start your answer positively. Mention strengths, good things. You can say he is very skilled in interviewing people (most recruiters believe to be like that, doesn't matter if true or not). Or you can compliment him for something else you observed, for example being detail oriented, well prepared, and so on. It is a best way to start answering this question.
Once it comes to the weaknesses (second part of your answer), try to take it lightly. You should mention at least one weakness, because that is your task. However, I would suggest you to pick something light, like being little impatient, over-friendly to job applicants, little confused, or something like that.
To look good is an advantage, but it is not a must. If you learn about the most famous leaders in our history, not all of them were beautiful or charismatic. But they all were great role models, motivators, or had this rare ability to get close to the hearts of the others and make them blindly follow everything they told or did.
Leader is determined by his followers. If people listen to someone, he's a leader. Interviewers realize that leaders have to be able to attract other people.
☛ Connecting with the others
☛ Having charisma
☛ Being a role model
☛ Having charisma:
Some people have an easy task in attracting he others. People follow them, just because of their charisma and non-verbal communication (or energy if you want).
☛ Being a role model:
Some people like to go by an example, working hard themselves, doing maximum every day. The others typically follow such an example. Oppositely, when employees see a boss just sits in the office and gives orders, they will often have a tendency to ignore him or at least not like him.
☛ Connecting with the others:
Some leaders are able to connect with all types of personalities. They can identify right topics for conversation and simply connect with the others. Once a connection is made, it is easier for the leader to make the employees to follow his example and orders, because they naturally like him.
Only first place matters on the market. If you can not predict the future, you won't be able to take right decisions tomorrow, to come with a right innovation in one year time. And your company will lose the battle, if not the war!
It is not easy anymore to start a business, or to be successful in any industry. The competition is enormous! There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of companies battling for the prize in every sector of business. Therefor they try to hire leaders with an ability to keep them in front of the pack, guys who can see in the future, who are able to predict what is going to happen and will take right actions before it happens.
My long-term goals involve growing with a company where I can continue to learn, take on additional responsibilities, and contribute as much of value as I can.
I see myself as a top performing employee in a well-established organization, like this one. I plan on enhancing my skills and continuing my involvement in (related) professional associations.
Leaders should know how to set goals. It does not matter if we talk about team goals, or about personal goals. Setting goals is simply important.To assess your true level of interest for the job. If you really want to get this role, you should think about the role and have already some goals for yourself.
If your goals match with their ideas. It is very important to pick goals that correspond with the goals of the company. In an ideal case, you should speak about their goals (e.g. increasing profits, getting new customers, etc.), and make it to look like your goals