Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answers to the interview question: “What are your strengths?” or “What are your greatest strengths?“
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For job seekers WITH NO EXPERIENCE
“Well, besides being a person that is [Soft skill 1], [Soft skill 2] and [Soft skill 3], as listed in the job description, one thing that I feel makes me stand out is my ability to analyze complex data, prioritize and then communicate the most important pieces of information to different audiences.
As a third-year student, I’ve already received multiple 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.”
For job seekers 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%] in [Year].”
√ Do inform the interviewer about your hard skills. In other words, those skills that are measurable and specific such as bookkeeping, coding or your proficiency in a foreign language.
√ Do mention relevant soft skills. For example, your creativity, punctuality or interpersonal skills that could help others 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, an excellent communicator is most likely someone who can also collaborate or adapt to different situations.
X 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.
X Don’t be modest when answering this question. For example, you shouldn’t use words like ‘perhaps’, ‘maybe’ or ‘probably’. That’ll only indicate a lack of self awareness.