Strengths in a Job Interview: Your Time to Shine
Your strengths are the second medallion of self-reflection. This means that your new employer wants to know whether you know and can present your positive qualities and strengths. The aim of this question is not to paint yourself as superman or superwoman who can do everything. Rather you should provide an honest evaluation of your strengths.
The question “What are your strengths?” needs preparation as well so that you don’t mumble something unprepared. It’s best to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses together. Come up with a list of strengths and weaknesses. What are you especially good at? What comes easy to you? What is your benefit for this company?
There is no set amount of strengths that you need to mention during the job interview. As you prepare, you should pick a handful. Quality is more important than quantity. A few specific, well-prepared strengths are better than a long list of general strengths. Here are some strengths that will impress recruiters if you present them right:
- willingness to learn
- stress resilience
- organisational skills
- power of persuasion
- communication skills
- analytical thinking
- independent work
Make sure that you pick strengths that fit the job description of the job you are applying for. While communication skills and customer service skills are important when you work with customers, analytical thinking and problem-solving are especially relevant in the management sector.
It is important that you explain your strengths using an example or past experiences. For example: “My biggest strength is my willingness to learn. After my introduction at my last work, I participated in voluntary courses and learned more about this subject because I want to deliver the best possible performance.”
The most important thing about your response is that you are honest, authentic and thoughtful. Avoid exaggerations and find a balance between self-promotion and reality.