How to answer the interview question “What do you consider to be your biggest strength?”

Welcome back to 31 Interview questions in 31 days! For the record, I mean 31 business days. I figure you all don’t want to be reading about interview questions on your weekend. Yesterday we discussed how to answer the interview question, Why are you interested in this role? If you haven’t read that one, feel free to check it out. Today however, we will cover the interview question, “What do you consider to be your biggest strengths?”

Now, this is another question that should be relatively easy to answer. However, if you are not ready to answer this question it can be disastrous. Imagine you are interviewing someone and you ask them what they are good at. Then imagine they have no idea what they are good at and have trouble answering your question. What kind of confidence would that inspire?

So, the first key to answering this question well is be prepared. If you stammer and stutter and struggle to find a way that you are above average, they will not struggle with having serious concerns about your candidacy.

The second key is that your key strength will be one that will allow you to be successful in the role you are applying for. If your answer is contradictory to the bulk of the responsibilities of the role, then that’s really not helping your case much. So, don’t lie, but look at the role and the industry. Find one of your skills that will allow you to flourish in the environment and pick that one.

Finally, you must find a way to not come off cocky. You want to inspire confidence and at the same time come off as a mix of humble and confidence. Perhaps work in how it’s a strength because you have really worked hard and put in effort to develop it as a strength.

There you have it! As long as you are prepared and the strength is relevant, you will do just fine. If you liked this post, please like and share it! Also, come back tomorrow when we tackle the interview question, “Where do you want to be in 5 years?” As always, have a great day and remember, there is never a bad time to hear about a great opportunity!

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