“What are your strengths?”
Before you read on, remember that these questions are not provided for you to merely skim over. The planning and preparation of answers is essential to maximizing your interviewing prowess. The only way to succeed is to match your background to a positive, upbeat, convincing answer for each of these questions. Start with your resume, know every word on it. Another key part of your preparation is company research. You should know as much about the company as you possibly can before you arrive for the interview.
Your answer should address the specific agendas of the interviewer. Focus on:
A. Your personal, supervisory or managerial characteristics, as well as, your technical skills: “I am an excellent leader, decision maker, communicator, motivator. I work well with people. I’m a team player.”
B. Your willingness to work hard: “I’m willing to do whatever is necessary to meet the company’s goals. I value my home life, and I’m willing to blend the needs of my family with the needs of the company.”
C. Your desire to do what’s in the best interest of the company: “I’m willing to travel, to relocate, to do whatever enhances the company’s bottom line.”
Technical professionals often overlook these skill areas that often can distinguish them from others equally or potentially more qualified. These are skills in demand in virtually all companies and tend to be more difficult to apprise in the interview.
You should always have examples, typically from your resume, that demonstrate your strengths. One of the things that will ensure your being a one percenter is being highly focused and prepared. If you want suggestions on where to start, contact us, we would be pleased to help.
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