How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?” (2021)

Do you have an upcoming job interview? Make sure you know how to answer the “What are your strengths?” or “What are your greatest strengths?”  interview questions! 

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Example Answer (No Experience)

“Well, besides my proficiency in [Skill 1], [Skill 2] and [Skill 3] listed in the job description, one thing that I feel makes me stand out is my ability to analyze complex data, prioritise and then communicate the most important pieces of information to different audiences. As a third-year student, I’ve already received [X] compliments from my teachers for being a highly-effective communicator both written and verbally. That’s because I’ve always put an emphasis on delivering messages clearly so there is no room for misunderstanding or inefficiencies.”

Example Answer (With Experience)

“Well, besides my proficiency in [Hard skill 1], [Hard skill 2] and [Hard skill 3] listed in the job description, one thing that I feel makes me most suitable for this role is my ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently. In my previous role, I was recognized for being a highly-effective communicator. That’s because I’ve dealt with many user issues and concerns for several years now. In fact, I’ve resolved over [X] issues at [Company XYZ] which decreased user complaints by [X percentage] in [Year].”

Interview Question Tips

  • Don’t list or ramble about your skills and qualifications
  • Don’t provide and answer that shows a lack of self-awareness or modesty (eg.,‘perhaps’, ‘maybe’ or ‘probably’)
  • Pick strengths that align with the job description