Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant

The strengths question

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm

What do you consider your greatest strengths?

This question is one of the more common questions in interviews, and few people answer it as well as they could. So, consider being smarter and more strategic with your answer.

What competencies does it take to be extremely successful in the new position? Which of these competencies can you prove you are strong in? Do you have specific, concrete, and relatively recent examples of accomplishments related to each competency needed for success?

Remember that you need to be able to cover three things in your answer:

  • Situation/Task/Problem,
  • Action
  • Result

Consider which part of the STAR answer the interviewer will identify as the most important and make sure you talk about that first. In many cases, employers want to hear about your results first and then what you did to achieve those results.

So choose strengths that show you will be successful in the new position and be prepared to prove your strengths by explaining your competency-based accomplishments. Expect interviewers to ask for examples of each strength.

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