Interview Question and Answer: 5 Rules to Answer What are your strengths?

Most of the time, candidates tend to get overwhelmed by the question, what are your strengths, such that they tend to falter. If you are going through the same thoughts for the moment, then read our 5 cardinal rules of answering the question. With the help of these rules, you will succeed in answering the simple, yet it is the fundamental question that is asked often in interviews.

Aditya Sharma Co-Founder HiCounselor, Ex-Deloitte, PwC Tech Consultant

You are all geared up for the interview that is going to be held next week. You are have prepared well and are confident of cracking the test. Great going. However, are you ready to answer a frequently asked question, what are your main strengths? This question can either make or break your chances of getting hired. Though your technical knowledge matters, some personal and analytical questions like this, also carry weight. Please read on carefully. 

  1. You must not repeat the same answer for all interviews.

    Every job role is not the same. It requires you to perform different tasks and responsibilities. Hence, your strengths depend on how you can use them to fit the job role. That should be the main aim here. 

  2. Identify the main three keywords from the job description you plan to apply. 

    When going through the job description, you should read the three main keywords mentioned there. Based on them, you can prepare your strengths. You can usually answer based on communication skills, data skills, and multitasking ability. 

  3. Prepare examples for each strength.

    You need to prepare examples for each of your strengths. Like I have excellent communication skills. You can also say something on your data skills and ability to multitask several things at a time. A good example would be "I have excellent communication skills that enable me to get my point across to the team leader or client. I can use my data skills to prepare weekly or monthly reports to be sent to the client. Using my multitasking capabilities, I can handle several vital tasks without hassle. Since I have been doing it for several years now, I have reduced the errors when multitasking." 

  4. Be ready to provide evidence.

    You need to have evidence when asked further about your strengths by the interviewer. Hence, it is ideal if you have a few examples of how the company can benefit through your strengths. Based on that, you can prepare your answers. 

  5. Practice, practice and practice

    You must not make up answers at the spot. Interviews are generally strenuous. Though you might be confident of handling the situation now, you may not be able to do so during the actual meeting. 

Some examples of strengths and weaknesses interview question for your use are given below:

  • I used my excellent communication skills to get my points across clients and team members without doubts. This way, we were able to get more contracts. 
  • I was able to convince my manager about a new project using my communication abilities with the client. 
  • My communication skills are put to good use during the weekly seminars and meetings that we have in our office.
  • My data skills are excellent. I worked on several projects during college, using SQL and Tableau. They have come handy for my current office projects. 
  • My third strength is my ability to multitask. Now, even seasoned workers tend to make careless mistakes when they perform multitasking. However, I was assigned several tasks during my last assignment. I got used to the pressure of handling several things at a time and was able to get through with marginal errors. 
  • Many times, I had to prioritize my work and was able to do it without issues. 

These were some of my strengths that can are useful to your company if I am hired.