How to Answer: What are your strengths?

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In this article, we are tackling yet another critical job interview question: What are your strengths?


This is a commonly asked question in job interviews even if you are a fresher looking to start afresh or an experienced professional looking for a better opportunity. You must be prepared to talk or ready with your answers about your strengths. Many candidates find it difficult to answer this question, so there is always an opportunity for you to get selected if you can speak about your strengths in a positive way.


Let us elaborate some of the strengths you can explain during an interview process:


  • Problem Solving Capabilities


You can highlight your problem solving expertise or capabilities which clearly indicate your presence of mind in not even understanding but also solving complex challenges and problems.


  • Professional Experience


You can showcase your professional experience related to certain software, expertise in particular domain or even track record in handling different clients or products during your professional tenure.


  • Training or Certification Expertise


You can highlight your relevant background i.e. training seminars, certifications, internships that goes along well with the current job or position applied.


  • Additional Talent


You can elaborate your additional talent such as programming capabilities, negotiation skills, organizing events that adds rich value to your existing profile.

Moreover, you can prepare at least five to six strengths that you are comfortable discussing in a job interview. The more you do your research and homework, the better are your chances of answering this question properly. You can also prepare examples or an interview story to illustrate each of your strengths.


If you get stuck trying to think or make a list about your strengths, you can try these techniques:


  • Get a second opinion from a trusted colleague to have a fair idea about your greatest strengths.


  • You can do your research or homework and look for strengths that you can discuss about in near future.


  • You can closely evaluate your resume and look for strengths that can add rich value to your profile.


To sum up things, you should walk into every interview with a clear mindset: to communicate your greatest and relevant strengths without getting too modest or humble and this doesn’t mean that you keep you praising your personal qualities – stay focussed on your professional strengths unless specifically asked for to tell your strengths on a personal level.


Recommended Reading: How to Answer Tell me about yourself


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