What Are Your Strengths? - Interview Question

What Are Your Strengths?

Believe it or not, this is one of the best questions that someone could ask you in an interview. This is your chance to show off what you are made of without any judgment of sounding cocky. Being asked what are your strengths is the perfect setup to tell the employer exactly why you are great for the position.

When answering this question, there is really only one thing you need to ask yourself. “Are my strengths needed in order to succeed in this position?” If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track. If the answer is no, then you need to rethink your answer. Depending on the positions you are applying for, your answer should be very different.

Learn How To Answer The 16 Most Common Interview Questions.

Sales Position

  • Hiring manager: "What are your strengths?"
  • Bad Answer: "I am extremely sensitive and agreeable. When somebody tells me no, I give them their space and respect their wishes."
  • Good Answer: "I am extremely ambitious. I love being social and meeting new people. My mother always told me that I should become a sales person because I do not understand the word no."

Human Resources

  • Hiring manager: "What are your strengths?"
  • Bad Answer: "I am very good at focusing on just one thing and working on that task until it is completed perfectly. I am also the type of person who does not really need to plan anything or write anything down."
  • Good Answer: "I am extremely detail oriented. I am easily able to manage multiple tasks at once. I have personally always kept a detailed calendar with all of my important dates, deadlines, meetings, and events in order to stay organized."

Technical Position

  • Hiring manager:"What are your strengths?"
  • Bad Answer: "I think I am very creative and artistic. I like to combine different forms of code to make my own version. I call it Pyjavc#."
  • Good Answer: "I am very analytical with my work and have always done very well with mathematical problems. I am extremely detail oriented and am constantly learning the latest trends to reduce footprint."

From reading these examples you will get a general idea of how you should tailor your strengths for the position you are applying too. We recommend that you do not copy these examples word for word. You should use these only as basic guidelines and then build off them for your own answer.

Icing on the cake

To go above and beyond, add a sentence explaining how these strengths will relate to the exact position you are applying for. Instead of just saying, “I am extremely ambitious. I love being social and meeting new people. My mother always told me that I should become a sales person because I do not understand the word no.”

Try saying, “I am extremely ambitious. I love being social and meeting new people. My mother always told me that I should become a sales person because I do not understand the word no. I would love the opportunity to bring my competitive spirit and can-do attitude to the amazing sales team here at ABC Company.”

Now, practice this a couple times before each interview and you are all set! Answering the interview question “What are your strengths” will be a walk in the park. The next question you can guarantee this will be followed up by is, What Are Your Weaknesses?

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