“What are your strengths?”
“What do you think you are good at work?”
“What do you do best at work?”
“What strengths do you have?”
“What are your strengths in the workplace?”
These are some of the most commonly asked job interview questions. It may seem like an easy question but most job seekers find it both, tricky and tough to figure out which strengths to mention in an interview. This article will help you prepare a killer answer so that you are able to seal the deal the next time you appear for a job interview.
Let us first understand –
Why do employers ask this question?
The interviewer’s intent behind asking the ‘what’s your strength’ interview question is to find out your core competencies and judge whether or not they align with the job role. S/he is also looking to understand if you are aware of your greatest strengths. Seasoned interviewers know that most job seekers lie about their strengths in order to showcase themselves as the perfect candidates for the role. To counter this problem, they ask behavioral questions such as:
‘Give an example where you utilized your strength to solve a problem.’
‘Tell us about a scenario where you used your leadership skills to get work done at the office.’
Therefore, don’t provide a fake answer to the interview. S/he will make out when you are lying. Instead, spend some time introspecting and figure out what your strengths are.
How to prepare your answer?
The first step is to prepare a list of strengths. Sit down and pen down strengths that come to your mind. Some of these strengths may not align with the work you are currently doing or for the job role that you have applied for. Therefore, the next step is to figure out which of these strengths do you apply in your work. The best way is to think about the aspects of work that you enjoy doing and feel you are good at. While doing all the analysis, also read the job description to check whether or not your strengths align with the role. Once you have shortlisted your strengths, think of 2-3 real life examples where you have actually applied these strengths.
Some of the strengths may be related to your education or soft skills. There’s no harm in mentioning those as well. We all get feedback from our superiors on a regular basis so you can even share what your co-workers feel your strengths are.
What should your answer include?
Your answer should demonstrate that:
– Your skills align with the job role applied for
– You have the necessary skills to perform the job
– You are the perfect candidate
– You have the necessary experience to handle the complexities of the job role
– You have applied your strengths at work
– You will prove to be an excellent addition to the team
Common interview mistakes to avoid
– Giving fake answers: Interviewers meet with hundreds of job candidates and are quick to figure out when they are lying. To avoid getting rejected, give only genuine answers.
– Unawareness: Most job seekers don’t spend time analyzing their strengths. Thus, when asked about it during an interview, they make up unsatisfactory answers that fail to strike a chord with the interviewers.
– Choosing wrong strengths: Most candidates don’t choose the correct strengths for sharing with the interviewer. They end up talking about a strength that has got nothing to do with the job role they have applied for.
– Being too humble: Most people find it difficult to praise themselves; however, when sitting in a job interview you have to ‘sell’ your skills to grab the position. There is no place for hesitation.
Good example of ‘greatest strength’ interview answer
“One of my greatest strengths is strong work ethic. I stick to deadlines and make sure to deliver my work on time. For example, last week we had to share a report with our client. We got the numbers late from the other department. So, I put in some extra hours during the week to complete the report because we had to share the report on time.”
Citing your strengths in a job interview gives you the opportunity to demonstrate that you are perfect for the job role. Make the most of it!
All the best!