Interviews are a great way for employers to see what kind of person is trying to apply for a job opening. It is their best opportunity to find out why they should be considered and see how they can help the company in the long run.
If you are due for an interview soon, it is important that you are able to showcase your personal strengths to your prospective employer. If you don’t know how, here are some tips to help you out:
Ask yourself what your strengths are
Before your interview, always make it a point to find out what your strengths are. List down all the activities that you find easy to do and how you are able to excel in them.
You can also use feedback from your old work to find out which skills they admire about you and improve on those they gave negative feedback on. If you need some more help, you can use tests online that can determine your strengths.
Once you find out which are your personal strengths, it will be easy for you to adapt to what the employers need.
My strengths are
- High Emotional Intelligence
- Great Communication Skills
- Among many others
So what are your strengths?
Prep a good introduction about yourself
When you are taking your interview, the first thing that they will ask are facts about you. This helps them identify what kind of qualities you didn’t mention in the resume.
During this time, you can immediately indicate your strengths which you didn’t write directly on your resume.
Areas you can talk about:
- Your previous work experiences (in general)
- Your work ethics and beliefs
- Your passion or motto in life
- What you do outside work ie. sports, hobbies (keep it short and sweet)
Then try to link these to your strengths. For example, one of my strengths is being disciplined and outside of work, I keep an active blog which I am disciplined to produce and publish one article a day to interact and engage with my audience.
List down your strengths and give them stories
Once they ask you about your strengths, support them with personal stories that will showcase your experience. You can answer the question directly and then share your experience where it helped you immensely.
A great tip before you do your interview is think of how you can answer this specific question and identify the best story to support it. Look at the job description to get some ideas on how you can adjust the answers to fit the interview.
Another example, one of my other strengths is inspiring. I have been a manager leading different sized teams for the past 20 years in different industries. From a small team of 3 people to a group of 50 team members under me, I am able to bring out the best results from my team.
Quality first than quantity
If you want to show to your future employer that you are the right person for the, you must be able to show them your strengths which will support you throughout your job.
In your resume and during the interview, list the three major strengths that you think can help you rather than just listing them. You can then support it with stories as mentioned above.
A good example is to link back your strengths to the job scope like if I am applying for a position in customer service, being communicative and intuitive will help me to relate to the customer and solve his problem within the same call.
Use unique responses to regular interview questions
Employers often use the same generic questions to find out if a job applicant has what it takes to be employed in the company.
Check online what kind of questions your industry will ask and prepare your answers accordingly. Importantly, you’ve got to be yourself. It will definitely help you with the nerves in case you find it hard to answer questions on the spot!
Making the best showing in an interview is not really difficult if you prepare well and give honest answers. When you do, the hiring manager or employer will definitely notice your efforts and consider you for the job. Try out the tips I listed above and you will be able to handle any interview that passes your way. Good luck!
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