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What was your area of excellence in your most recent position?

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, from your point of view, what you did best in your most recent position. Likely, you are going to mention the skills that you also enjoy performing the most! Think of two to three skills that you are strong in, that the interviewer will most likely want to hear. Look back into their job posting or job description to generate some ideas.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"In my most recent position, data analysis was my area of expertise. I am solid with numbers and like to take data and come up with future trends based on past and current happenings. I see in your job description that you are looking for someone who has a natural ability with numbers. That description certainly sums me up."

Admin
Answer example

"If I had to choose a couple of areas of expertise I would say that scheduling and organization are my two strongest suits. What attracted me to your job description is the fact that you are in need of someone to revamp your calendar process, which I have successfully done before, and then keep it clean and organized. This position speaks to my strengths."

Manager
Answer example

"I have a couple of areas of strength. One is motivating my team to deliver their best work every day. The second is to gain buy-in from my team members when it comes to the company's vision and mission. I ensure they are aware of the benefit to them when it comes to delivering exceptional work. I know you mentioned you are struggling with team motivation and retention at the moment. I am very confident I can help with this."

Marketing
Answer example

"My area of excellence was the initial intake with our new marketing clients. I have a keen ability to ask the right questions that dig deeper, really discovering our clients' exact need. This skill also allows me to find other potential needs, and upsell them from their original commitment. This skill will be put to great work at your startup agency, as I will be able to gain more significant financial commitments from your clients at the start of every project."

Retail
Answer example

"Without a doubt, my area of excellence is in customer service and dispute resolution. I have a solid ability to calm a situation down and turn an unhappy client around. This skill will help me to quickly increase your customer reviews and gain momentum when it comes to repeat customers."

Sales
Answer example

"I have a powerful ability to have a great conversation with nearly anyone. This skill means that you can send me on calls to a huge range of clients, and feel safe knowing that I am very likely to make a solid connection with them immediately."

Teacher
Answer example

"One area of excellence is my ability to take complicated concepts and make them easy to learn. I have many years' experience teaching hundreds of students who range in age, and ability level. I can assure you that I will be able to make an impact on your students' learning, and increase test scores, at the same time."

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: 01/15/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
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