How to Answer: What Are Your Greatest Strengths? (Job Interview Questions Guide + 3 Examples)


I am Marat from EMMOTION, HR Professional and Career Coach and today I will help you reply “What are your greatest strengths?” question. I am also sharing with you 3 adaptable examples,
which could serve you as inspiration while putting up together your own response. “What are your strengths?” is a classic interview question, it seems simple, but it isn’t. It requires a balance between not appearing
too humble and underselling your achievements or skills, and between selling yourself too
much, coming across arrogant and self-interested. This is the main reason why most candidates
don’t answer well. Let’s prepare to this question properly
and turn it into a great advantage. “What are your biggest strengths?” question can also be asked in other similar
ways: What are you good at and how would you apply
that to this role? What do you feel sets you apart from the competition? What would your colleagues say you bring to
a team? What accomplishments are you most proud of? ETC… The interviewer wants to know how would your
strengths translate to the job you’ve applied for. It is your moment to demonstrate this connection
and reassure them in being a strong candidate. Important checklist before we proceed to full
examples: 1. Analyze yourself and be honest with your answer. Choose strengths that you actually possess. Knowing your strengths will serve you well
in job interviews and in the rest of your life too. Keep it to a couple of strengths, so it will
make yours preparation easier. It’s about your strengths and not the achievements,
make sure you separate them. 2. . Take a close look at the job description,
figure out what the job requires and what is important to the company. The idea is being honest and giving the company
what they respond best to. Demonstrate your ability to settle into the
job faster and perform better than other candidates. Don’t raise any red flags! Saying that your greatest strength is the
ability to show up on time, for example, would not do you any favours. 3. Prepare Specific and Detailed Examples: Giving a detailed example makes your answer
powerful. Don’t wait for the interviewer to ask you
to elaborate on your strengths. Many times they won’t. Talk about how you used this strength to achieve
a specific result. Be prepared for the follow up questions like:
How did you use this strength in your previous role? For example. Here are a few examples some of which can
easily be adapted to your profile. Customer Service related example:
“I feel I am really customer oriented, I am good in interacting with people and helping
them solve their doubts or problems, whether it’s in person, on the phone, via email
or online messaging. I’ve been an online customer service manager
for over 2 years, and I enjoy dealing with people around the whole world. My employer has high standards for customer
satisfaction. My team and I have been trained to defuse
angry customers so they can be helped and, even be satisfied with our services. We are measured on how satisfied people are
after they’ve spoken to us, and if they purchase additional products and services as a result
of our interactions. I’m proud to say that my team and I are among
the leaders within the company.” Examples about leadership:
“I pride myself on my leadership and my team management skills. My leadership skills had always come natural,
I managed to develop them through supervising junior team members with a guidance of my
former manager. Leadership is necessary to keep project teams
moving in the right direction. Finishing projects on-time, on-budget, and
meeting both technical and business requirements took substantial planning and management skills. Especially when half of the team members didn’t
directly report to me. I’ve been an IT project manager for over 4
years, managing 9 major projects at this time frame. All those projects are completed on schedule
and were considered successes. I also trained 4 team members so they were
promoted to project management positions. “My greatest strength is my diplomacy. I had never thought of this as a strength
until my managers pointed it out to me. Once they did, I realized it’s a skill I
can use to benefit everyone involved on the job. Recently, I helped to resolve a situation
which was about to go very badly. We had a client make so many demands which
seemed unreasonable to our team that we were about to finish our collaboration. Our team and the client were feeling despair
over this situation. Through face-to-face meetings that I arranged
with all 20 people involved, we were able to re-establish a good relationship and get
the project back on track. I was awarded an “Employee of the Year Award”
for my efforts to delay the firing and for saving this collaboration.” Generic Example:
I have very strong communication skills. Whether it is over the phone, in person, or
written, I tend to express myself in a clear and concise manner. I received several positive feedbacks from
my manager for solving difficult situations with my strong communication skills, and I
even got an acknowledgment in the company newsletter for just being really good at talking
to clients. I think this strength will help me to do well
on the job since being a receptionist requires interfacing with individuals from different
backgrounds. I’ll be able to make each person feel welcome
and that their business is valued. Keep it short and to the point. Practice a couple of times before the interview
to make a stronger impact and to answer with confidence. Thanks for watching. For more information on professional and personal
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