How to Answer “What Are Your Greatest Strengths?” (Interview Question)

Being put on the spot and asked to brag about yourself in the interview makes a lot of people nervous. So you’re not alone if this question scares you.

The tips and video below will walk you through everything you need to know to give a great answer to this question.

Job Interview Answer For “What Are Your Greatest Strengths?”

 

A while back I covered how to answer “What’s your greatest weakness?” and I actually think this one is easier. So that’s the good news.

But there are still a few important things to do. Here are the three rules to remember when answering this question.

First, watch the video above! It’ll show you everything you need to give a great answer. Then read the steps below to make sure you’re clear on everything before going into the interview.

1. Know What You’re Going to Say Beforehand

Do NOT just go in and “wing it.” Even preparing a half-decent answer will be better than making it up on the spot. You’re going to gain a big advantage by doing this right now. So the first rule is to know what strengths you will name ahead of time.

And I recommend keeping it to one or two strengths. It’ll make the next steps easier and reduce the chance of making a mistake.

2. Always “Tailor” Your Answer for the Job

Look at the job description, figure out what the job requires or what’s most important to the company. Then, before going into the interview with this company, choose one or two strengths that fit with what this job requires.

Think about whether the job is highly technical or not. Is leadership involved or will you be working as an individual? Will you be interacting with customers or not? Does the job use creativity or logic more?

You need to be looking at the job description and asking yourself those questions BEFORE choosing which strengths you want to share. Because the whole idea is to give the company what they will respond best to. And they want to hear things that will signal them that you’ll do well in this job!

3. Give Specific PROOF

Don’t just say you’re good at something. Giving a detailed example is 10-20x more powerful. So talk about how you used this strength to achieve a specific result.

Also include at least two facts, figures, numbers, statistics, etc. Here are some types of numbers you can include:

  • dollar amounts
  • amounts of time
  • size of teams
  • number of projects or tasks
  • percent increases, or other percentages

Example Answer:

“My greatest professional strength is the ability to handle pressure and work under a tight deadline. In my last position I handled difficult projects on short notice for a number of our top clients like Coca Cola and Microsoft. I completed 100% of the projects I was assigned to and this resulted in us winning $2 million in addition business from these clients.”

The specific numbers I gave include a dollar amount, and a percentage showing my success rate. That’s a lot more powerful than just saying I brought in some new business and was highly successful!

Always remember, the number one thing a hiring manager wants to know is how you’ll help the company make money or be more successful. So the question of “what are your greatest professional strengths?” isn’t just a chance to brag, it’s a chance to prove you can help the company! And that’s what will get you hired.

Got a question on any of this? Leave a comment and let me know.

And if you want 7 more questions and answers in similar format, check out this page.

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