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What are your strengths? How will they help you in this new role?

1 of 21 No Experience Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

Since you are new to your career, it may feel impossible to know what your strengths are, when it comes to the workplace! What qualities do people often comment on when they give you praise or encouragement? Think of some of the words your peers or relatives have shared with you after a dance performance or after receiving an award. You might not realize it, but the goals you have already achieved, whether they be in sports or school, are examples that demonstrate your strengths.

You may be an excellent communicator or compassionate towards others. You may also be a fast learner and capable of adapting to different environments very quickly. Write down three primary strengths and see if you can think of examples of each one, to prepare for this interview question.

Some strengths you could mention are:

- Honesty
- Reliability
- Trustworthiness
- Patience
- Dedication
- Fortitude
- Loyalty
- Friendliness
- Energetic disposition
- Fast learner
- Versatility in interests or talents
- Creative minded
- Enthusiastic
- Natural leadership ability

Professional Answer Examples
Admin
Answer example

"My strengths include my strong attention to detail and also my honesty. I believe these skills will help me greatly in this role as I will be working to ensure that customers are happy and taken care of while keeping their best interests top of mind."

Manager
Answer example

"I believe that my greatest strengths are my natural ability to lead, encourage others, and see a project through to the end no matter how challenging. I am very resilient and will never give up. One example of my leadership skills was when I was the Captain of my basketball team in University. I encouraged the team even when we were exhausted, or knew that we were likely going to lose the game. These skills will help me as a manager as I uplift my team and encourage them to deliver their best every day."

Marketing
Answer example

"Heavily creative minded, I am also a risk taker while also being strong in the area of analysis. While obtaining my marketing degree, I thrived when it came to taking case studies and making recommendations on failed marketing strategies. These skills will be beneficial in this junior content marketing role, and I look forward to making recommendations on your projects using my knowledge in current trends."

Retail
Answer example

"I am very tidy, I notice the small details and have a friendly disposition. These skills will help me succeed as a retail sales associate because I will always ensure the store looks great and that your customers receive a friendly greeting each time they enter your store."

Sales
Answer example

"I'm a driven person, and I thrive under pressure. I have taken over 18 credit hours in college while maintaining a 4.0. Beyond that, I am a firm communicator, something I've exhibited in my personal life. The ability to thrive in a time-sensitive situation, along with my comfort when speaking to strangers, will ensure that I succeed in this role."

Teacher
Answer example

"Being highly organized is beneficial as a new teacher, but also I would like to mention my self-confidence and ability to command a room. I may be new to teaching; however, I am not new to giving presentations to large groups. My experience as a volunteer tutor will also benefit me in this role."

Transportation Manager
Answer example

"My greatest strength is that I am extremely dedicated. For instance, while employed for (X employer) as a (X position title), I (X further information re: past experience demonstrating your dedication to your work, relevant to the job posting)."

Wildlife Biologist
Answer example

"My greatest strength is that I thrive on challenges, and I also do not hesitate to work long hours to get the job done. I also have strong time management and organizational skills which will absolutely benefit me in this role."

Sound Engineering Technicians
Answer example

"I have strong project management skills which will absolutely benefit me in this role as I will easily be able to complete all projects within given timelines."

Tax Manager
Answer example

"My greatest strength is that I am extremely dedicated. For instance, while employed for (X employer) as a (X position title), I (X further information on your past experience proving dedication to your work, relevant to the job position you applied for)."

Model
Answer example

"My greatest strength as a model is in the diversity I bring to my photo shoots. I do not want to give the same face all of the time and come across as a one trick pony. Diversity is what gets a model booked, these days!"

Special Education Preschool Teacher
Answer example

"I thrive on challenges and do not hesitate to work long hours to get the work done. I also have strong communication, time management and relationship building skills which will absolutely benefit me in this role."

Summer Law Clerk
Answer example

"My greatest strength is that I am extremely dedicated. For instance, while employed for (X employer) as a (X position title), I (X further information on your past experience demonstrating your dedication to your work, relevant to the job posting)."

Usher
Answer example

"I would say my two greatest strengths are that I thrive on challenges and do not hesitate to work long hours to get the job done."

Bank Compliance Officer
Answer example

"My greatest strength is that I am extremely meticulous. For instance, I also always review my work at least twice before submission to superiors or colleagues to ensure that my work is accurate."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 08/28/2016
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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