Strengths – Answering the Age Old Interview Question
We have all been in those interviews that gradually lead up to an inquiry about our strengths. In this blog post, we briefly introduce four tips for answering the age old interview question, “What are your strengths?”
Four Tips for Showing your Strengths:
1. Know what your strengths are.
This might seem obvious, but how can anyone expect to answer a question about their strengths without first being aware of them? Before your interview, sit down and brainstorm; try putting together a list of characteristics and talents that create a unique employee profile that will spark the interest of your interviewer. This applies to an entry level employee, middle level management and executives alike; knowing your strengths keeps your perspective fresh at any phase of your career. Need to spend some time on this? Check out http://sourcesofinsight.com/finding-your-key-strengths/
2. Understand the difference between hard and soft skills.
This concept can be a tad confusing, but understanding the difference will surely aid in creating future success in your interviews. Hard skills are skills that can be taught and adapted, for example, computer skills or foreign linguistics, while soft skills are somewhat natural, like people skills and patience. Be mindful of how your own strengths measure up and how the concept of hard and soft skills can be applied to your own professional history.
3. Be mindful of how those strengths align with the position.
After you have made your list of strengths, pair each of your strengths with an aspect of the job description. This will show how you measure up in regards to the tasks at hand and the company culture. Keep in mind that this is not the time to be humble.
4. Provide tangible examples of your strengths in action.
Simply listing your strengths is no longer enough. Be sure to highlight how your strengths resulted in professional victories in the past; after all, actions speak louder than words.
Answering a question about your strengths is never going to be an exact science, but preparation is always key. Check back next week as we tackle the brain teaser question pertaining to your weaknesses. You won’t want to miss it!