What is your greatest strength? It's a common interview question that can stop many candidates in their tracks. Of course, we know ourselves fairly well, but crafting an answer that is both self-perceptive and will make an impression on the interviewer requires some consideration. Although getting the right response may not be easy, it's not out of your reach. You can get started by following these four steps.
Jot down all of your strengths, including the ones that are not work-related. With a list on hand, you'll be able to sort through and strategize your response later. Your list should contain anything that is a positive personality quality as well as talents, soft skills, training, certifications and your experience in various areas. You can also ask close friends and family what they think your strengths are. Not only will this allow you to learn how you are perceived by others, you might be surprised by their responses.
Strategize how you want to market yourself. Observe what the company is looking for from the job description and prior research. Take time to analyze each item on your list and determine which is relevant, then narrow it down to the strengths that fit. Choose skills, personality qualities, talents and experiences that will allow you to stand out, correlates to success in performing the job and will also show that you're right for the company and team.
Demonstrate that you possess these strengths by tying one or two examples to each. Go into detail about each situation, but remember to not exaggerate. Focus on your ideas or actions that brought on results. With your handful of strengths and experiences to choose from, if the question comes up in the interview, you can use it as an opportunity to discuss anything that you may not have previously touched on.
Now that you have that all down, don't forget to polish it up with practice. Your presentation is as important since you'll need to show confidence without bordering on self-conceit. Try to be comfortable talking about your own skills and don't hesitate. You're aiming to sell yourself as the right candidate and you want the interviewer to be confident in your abilities as well.
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