7 most difficult interview questions and how to answer them – question 3


What are the biggest strengths you would bring to this Job?

This question is all about letting the interviewer see how you believe that your skills and personality would help the company.  It is important to note that it is not only your skills that are under scrutiny here; the interviewer also wants to find out more about your personality and the relevance of this can be seen in this recent article by Richard Branson, http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130923230007-204068115-how-i-hire-focus-on-personality

Depending on your culture, “what are your strengths?” can be a tough question. Many of us did not grow up in a culture where we were encouraged to talk positively about the things we are good at and in fact many people play down their strengths yet have no problem in identifying their weaknesses.

The key to answering this question is to do so in such a way that it does not sound like you are boasting and this is where you need to be well prepared. Review your strengths in advance and come up with examples of where you have used these strengths to your advantage or to add value to a project or company.  By providing supporting evidence you can easily give a straightforward and honest answer, one which deals in facts and therefore is far easier for you to talk about without appearing arrogant.

Are you struggling to identify and talk confidently about your skills and strengths? Then get in touch to find out more about how I can help you.

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