What do you have to offer an employer? Why should that employer choose you over someone else? "What are your strengths?" is a classic interview question. To answer this question correctly, we recommend that you follow these steps:
1. Make sure to read the job description thoroughly and identify the key factors needed to do the job.
2. Identify five key strengths and then match them to the requirements and skills that are required to carry out the job. It's an essential step in preparing for your interview.
3. Think quality, not quantity. Focus on a few key strengths and explain these succinctly. That will be much more memorable than a scatter-gun approach.
4. Aim to strike a balance between over-confidence and underselling yourself. If you list too many strengths, you risk sounding arrogant, whereas too few implies a lack of confidence or – worse still – skills.
5. Always have an example ready for each strength. An ability without a concrete example means little to someone who doesn't know you.
Concentrating on your five best strengths will help you focus during the interview and will make it easier for them to remember you.
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