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Tell me about your strengths

On07/ 06 /18
Whatever industry you’re in, “tell me about your strengths” is one of the most common questions asked by interviewers in order to find someone who will perform in the position and get along with the team. With many job candidates being unsure of how to approach this question, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you maximise your chances of landing that job role. 

Why I was asked this question?

By asking candidate about his/her greatest strengths, the recruiter gets a window into the applicant’s personality to identify any strengths that align with the needs of the company and the job’s responsibilities. This involves working out if you have the necessary skills, if you are dedicated to your career and whether you’ll fit in with the rest of the team. 

How to approach the “tell me about your strengths” question?

With many applicants being ill prepared to answer this classic interview question, speaking about your strengths in an authentic and compelling way is a sure fire way to stand out. A good way to start is to analyse the job description to determine what key abilities/skills the company is looking for, and to ensure that you only discuss the attributes that will qualify you for the specific job and set you apart from the other candidates. 

When talking to the potential employer, remember that your tone of voice also matters. With many candidates being over arrogant or too humble, choosing a balanced tone is critical.

How to select your best strengths? 

The perfect answer should comprise of both personal and professional skills that can help you succeed within your next role. Prior to your next job interview, assess your skills by jotting them down on the paper and split them into three categories: knowledge-based skills (i.e. degree), transferable skills (i.e. creative problem solving) and personal qualities (i.e. hard working). Once the list is complete, cross-examine those skills the employer is looking for and provide them with specific examples. 

The key to success? Think quality, not quantity! Remember that discussing about only wisely chosen strengths will be much more memorable rather than bombarding your recruiter with irrelevant skills. 

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