Rather than imagining interesting and challenging questions, hiring managers usually resort to non-problem questions, such as, “What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?” The good news for job seekers is that this question is relatively easy to answer in a job interview.
The question “What is your greatest strength?” It became a cliché. Although overused, you have to play with it. Think of it as a way to promote yourself by giving examples of how you have survived adversity and won a great victory, like getting a great deal.
Although it sounds easy, it is important to prepare your answer before the interview. Be direct and honest. You don’t want to lie, because he’ll come back to haunt you later, once you’re working for the company.
Focus on your strengths that are specifically relevant to the job you are applying for. Don’t interpret the question outside of the hiring process or mention personal qualities unrelated to the position. Explain how you have leveraged your strengths to add value to the business, exceed expectations and make a significant impact.
Align your answers with the skills and experience listed in the job description. You can share your unique qualities and experiences that set you apart from other applicants. When you tell your story, do it with conviction and enthusiasm.
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You can highlight your strong social and communication skills, your ability to engage your colleagues on a project, and your tendency to take on challenges, exceed expectations, and maintain your cool under pressure. If you’re the creative type, you can show off your portfolio. A salesperson can politely brag about constantly exceeding his quota and getting accolades and awards. An in-house lawyer can explain how he saved the company millions by avoiding costly litigation. The HR professional can cite significant cost savings for the company by hiring the best candidates and reducing costs associated with using third-party recruiters. An accountant may subtly boast about figuring out ways to save money and cut costs without having to lay off employees.
You can add a more general answer by carefully reviewing the job description or checking LinkedIn to see what is written in the profiles of people in the company who hold the same or similar positions as the ones you are applying for. Learn about commonalities when it comes to skills.
If you notice that LinkedIn profiles and job descriptions require strong writing skills, attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and the ability to manage people, you can talk about those skills. Referring to what the employer is asking, you can provide specific, tailored answers about your strengths that match the requirements of the job.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Jack Kelly
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