One of the most commonly asked questions in an interview is “What are your strengths?” From the employer’s perspective, they need to know how you would be a valuable addition to the company and why they should choose you rather than someone else. It is your job to sell yourself for the designated post in the company. Prepare yourselves to talk about your strengths and weaknesses.
Equip yourselves to answer the employer even if they do not ask you this question to land the job. They ask you about your strengths to find out if you are fit for this post., If you have the quality, skills, and experience for the job and that you set apart the competition proving you are an excellent addition to the team.
Common Mistakes Made in an Interview
The question’s basic intention is a chance for you to highlight your best self, but unfortunately, some people end up sabotaging themselves. Some common mistakes that candidates tend to make are:
- Lack of self-awareness
- Choosing inadequate strengths
- Over modesty
- Losing your focus
Introspect and analyze your strengths that are relevant for the position. Knowing your strengths will benefit you in your interview as well in life. Avoid stating lame strengths that aren’t important for the job and those that don’t stand out. Be relevant and specific whilst picking a strength to share for the job. For example, instead of “people skills” (broad, common, and boring) go for “relationship building” or “persuasive communication”.
It is a beneficial attribute if you backup a few strengths with examples but keep the topic under 1-2 minutes long. For example, “I have always been a perfectionist and good at time management. Even in college, I used to take too much time for each task as I was very detail-oriented, but with time management, I found my work efficiency has increased drastically.” You need to practice this form in advance to not ramble and help you present concisely.
The first and foremost step should be to identify and confirm your strengths that are accurate for the specific job. Isolate your modest self and sit to brainstorm your top strengths. They would be within your experience, soft skills, talents, or educational training. Narrow the list with those that you are comfortable sharing and adaptable to the job. Prepare them with examples to create a picture in the mind of the employer.
If you find it difficult to come up with a list of strengths, get a second opinion. Your trusted friends will know you well enough to distinguish your strengths. Analyze through your previous performance reports, interviews, or feedback you received from your professors or supervisors from internships. Review your resume with fresh ideas to retrieve versatile strengths from your experience.
Simply saying “problem solver” or “team player” may sound boring and common. Be colorful and detailed to be more credible and memorable. It’s important to know who you are and what your strengths are. Identify them and practice talking about them in advance so that you would be fully prepared for your dream job interview.
Daljeet Kaur Lal is an HR Trainer who has extensive work experience of over 11 years. She is now working with Edoxi Training Institute, Dubai. She develops and executes various HR training programs to ensure that employees have the skills and knowledge to meet the organization's objectives.
She is passionate about learning new things. She enjoys spending her free time reading favourite books and listening to all-time favourite melodies in English and Hindi. She is also keenly involved in Adventurous activities and loves to travel a lot.