How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?” (2022)

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 mention vague strengths without supporting examples. It’s important to stay focused on one, two or maybe three key qualities that relate to the job role. 
  • Don’t be modest when answering this question. For example, you shouldn’t use words like ‘perhaps’, ‘maybe’ or ‘probably’. That’ll only prove your lack of self awareness.
  • Do mention hard skills to make your answer measurable and specific. For example, bookkeeping, coding and your proficiency in a foreign language.
  • Do mention relevant soft skills. For example, your creativity, punctuality or interpersonal skills that help people get along with each other and collaborate. Soft skills are typically hard to measure, difficult to define and universal.
  • Do mention transferable skills if you opt for a career change. These ‘portable skills’ show that you can do the tasks listed in the job description, even if you aren’t the perfect match. For example, being an excellent communicator, your ability to collaborate or adapt to different situations.