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On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your technical abilities?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know how you rate your technical skills. Likely, they will mention specific tech skills in the job posting or job description. First, on a scale of 1-10, discuss how skilled are you in their tech requirements. Try to avoid giving yourself a 10, since nobody is perfect, and you do not want to come across as overly confident or someone who has no room for feedback and improvement. Alternately, avoid giving yourself too little credit. You do not want to paint the picture that you are a tech dud! Try to remain in the 7.5-9.5 range while staying honest and accurate. Be sure to list which programs, apps, or systems in which you shine!

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I rate my technical skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as savvy as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my ability to pick up new tech very easily. I would say I'm strongest in GIS and AutoCAD."

Admin
Answer example

"I will rate myself an eight because I value strong technical capabilities but, just like most people, I have things to learn. My strongest technical skills are in the Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint."

Manager
Answer example

"I will rate myself an 8.5 because I consider myself tech savvy, but not an expert. I am always striving to be better with our systems so I will take every opportunity to attend a webinar on the matter, or ask for help from a senior manager when needed. You mentioned proficiency in Red Prairie as well as SAP, which I certainly possess."

Marketing
Answer example

"Technology, social media, and apps are at the heart of what drives our projects. We have to communicate messages through technology, stay in touch with our clients and team, and always be in-the-know when it comes to the latest and greatest apps. I am exceptional when it comes to staying up to date with the latest marketing tech and will rate myself as a 9/10 and always improving."

Retail
Answer example

"I will rate my technical skills a 7.5/10. I am newer to my career, but I have gone through a great deal of training in handling transactions through a Point of Sale system. I plan only to become better! If you have recommendations for online training, I would love to hear them."

Sales
Answer example

"I should not rate myself as a 10/10 because I do not believe that one can be perfect, but I am truly the most tech-savvy person that I know. I am great with all PC and Mac related products as I use both at home, and work."

Teacher
Answer example

"Teachers need to be savvy when it comes to smart boards and the latest parent communication apps! I have trained myself in the use of may tech options for the classroom and would rate myself 9/10 and continually improving!"

Written by:

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.
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.
First written on: 04/05/2018
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
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