Do you know how important it is to know your own strengths and play on them? So many employers ask the same question: what are your strengths? It is a go-to question for interviewers as it demonstrates what you think of yourself, reflecting a genuine self-analysis that can be relied upon. It is valuable for people to know what you think of you. Quite often people embed more faith in you if they can see that you understand your internal strengths and know how to utilise them to the best of your ability. So why not try and understand how to do that?
A hiring manager may be trying to find out what you’re good at as well as knowing what skills match up with the company’s needs. It revolves around the idea of asking: ‘what can you offer us that someone else can’t?’ and you should be able to confidently answer that question. It should be fun and exciting to show off professional strengths while demonstrating that you suit the position at hand.
Here are some top tips for you to really learn your strengths and express them openly, calmly and with impressive poise:
- Highlight your top three strengths while being creative
Before an interview, it may be a good idea to list your top 10 skills and personality elements to get you thinking about yourself. What is it that makes you proud? What have you achieved? Dig deep into technical skills (writing and social media skills for example) as well as your soft skills (like showing that you can socialise and connect with people), as the employer will be impressed to hear you explaining both (as both are equally important). If you need more help and know-how on how to do this then share your list with your friends and family, they are great people for telling you what they think your strengths are. Be sure of what puts you ahead of other candidates and make sure that you raise relevant work experience that can be interlinked smartly.
- Give examples of your strengths
Once you have identified your top three strengths that you believe you possess, next is to come up with approximately two examples to back up each. It’s not as concrete and believable if you list off your strengths without examples as it is describing a past experience where that strength was truly executed. While you’re giving examples be sure to talk about them with passion and emphasis. The interviewer will enjoy reading your expression in a positive way and this may really help in making you stand out. If you have to explain about a particular role for a few minutes then make sure you do that. It will be nice for the person asking the questions to really understand who you are and how you managed a particular situation that you raise.
- Relate concrete strengths back to the job
After outlining your strengths and explaining them in depth, be sure to wrap up your explanations by linking them to the job post at hand. Remember that the employer is very interested in you but more importantly, their focus is on the hiring position. Mention why the skills you own would make you an asset to any team. It is also a good idea to talk about a professional setting to show that you take your job and responsibilities seriously at all times.
Don’t panic. You are the creator of your own life and you are in control of how you present yourself. Master presenting yourself in the best light possible, because YOU are WORTH it. Answering a question on your strengths is a great opportunity. Not only are you given a chance to impress a potential employer, but it gives you your moment of realising how great you are.
You need to be proud of your achievements and make the most of your self-worth. Start by doing that today.
Written by Gemma Smith