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

1 of 10 Performance-Based 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

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