Preparing and Composing Your Response

Inquiring about your strengths is of of the most commonly asked questions posed by employers as they evaluate your suitability for a job. Even when they don’t overtly ask the question, it’s still necessary to address it as it’s your job to convince your prospective employer that you possess the core assets needed to excel in the job.

How to Prepare a Response

Interviewers ask this question for a variety of reasons. It allows them to assess several factors:

  • Your ability to perform well on the job
  • How your strengths match up with the company’s needs
  • Whether you stand out from the competition
  • If you’d be a productive and positive member of the team

Analyze your prospective job to identify the key characteristics of the ideal candidate so you can highlight your strengths accordingly. Some job postings list the desired qualifications in detail which will point you in the right direction while others can be rather vague. In that case, seek out professionals in the field for informational consultations to gain insight about what your prospective employer may be looking for.

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