How to prepare for the ‘Strengths’ interview questions

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This is one question where you can impress the interviewer immensely. This is also a question that gives you a chance to show your alignment to the company values. Finally, this one question allows you to be as honest and as assertive as you can be.

Why this question?

The interviewer here is trying to judge your self-consciousness which is a great indicator of a learning individual. He will also try to ascertain your answer later in the interview by cross questioning and verifying if what you are saying is indeed true.

Keep in mind

Always remember the interview is not about you, it’s about them. And given that a person has many strengths and not just one, it makes sense to discuss the one that fits the bill most aptly in the given condition.

How to attempt?

So how should you attempt this question?

Well, the first thing to do is, go to the company website and check for the core values of the company. Your answer to your strengths must reaffirm some of these values.

For example: Company X has the following quoted on its website as its core values:

  • Honesty
  • Risk Aptitude
  • Team Work
  • Commitment

If you see that hard work is one of your strengths, you may relate that to the company core value of commitment and think of an example from your past that corroborates hard work and commitment to a job assigned to you.

This will subtly hint the interviewer that you would relate to the company core value of commitment. If you relate to most of the core values of the company, the interviewer will take this as a signal that you will make an asset for the company.

And a question about your strengths is the best stage where you can demonstrate your fitment to the Company.