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

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By: Rachelle Enns

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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
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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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)."

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"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."

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"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."

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"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)."

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Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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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