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5 What is your greatest strength?

This is a fairly easy interview question that is often asked early in the interview process and invites you to share some of your best qualities. But for many candidates, giving the correct answer can be difficult. For example, they are too modest or cannot highlight the strengths that most closely match the job requirements, especially during such a stressful situation as an interview.

Possible answer to “What is your greatest strength?”:

“I believe my strength is the ability to quickly and effectively solve problems. I can see any situation from different perspectives, which is my unique trait for getting the job done even in difficult conditions. In addition, solving problems makes me a great conversationalist, as I am comfortable communicating with senior managers and team members.”

Tips for answering the question “What is your greatest strength?”:

  • It is better to list not all your positive qualities, namely those that will help in the desired job and are appreciated by the employer. To do this, before the interview, carefully read the job description and collect information about the company and its values.
  • When naming a particular competency or skill, justify it with a good example from experience.
  • You have to be very specific. Assess what you consider your strengths, or ask a friend/colleague to help identify what you are good at.

What mistakes should not be made when answering the question “What is your greatest strength?”:

  • Many candidates are too shy to talk about their strengths. This is especially difficult for introverts or people who have never had to praise themselves before in their lives.
  • Listing of irrelevant strengths. Some candidates emphasize strengths that are irrelevant to the job.
  • Overpraising yourself. Your goal here is to issue an answer with high self-awareness and professionalism.

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