On this blog, its fair to say that our Interview Advice section is our most popular section by a mile. Now, although you cant plan for every aspect of the interview, there are some areas you can prepare for. Were talking of course about those common job interview questions which are probably going to crop up at some point in the process, regardless of which company youre interviewing with or which role youre being interviewed for.
Now, this one’s a tricky one because it involves essentially boasting about your skills and attributes – something which doesn’t necessarily come naturally to a lot of us.
Just as with any interview question, it’s important to answer this question as honestly as you can. While you want to impress the interviewer and come as a viable candidate, you don’t want to lie and name a strength which you don’t have but which you know they’re looking for. Remember, lies always come back to bite you, particularly if you’ve said you’re strong in something like data analytics or sales but actually have no experience in them whatsoever.
When considering your greatest strengths, it’s a good idea to try and keep them as relevant as you can to the role you’re applying for. Look at the job spec/advert, in particular the skills/experience area – and consider what strengths you have which are relevant to the role. Don’t think you have any? Think again… most jobs call for candidates with strong communication and team work skills – so these are two you could definitely considering naming, even if they’re not mentioned on the job ad.
When you’ve named your strengths, it’s important to try and back them up with real world examples. Why? Because it helps to give these strengths more substance and it also helps to give the interviewer more of an insight into who you are as a candidate and the experiences you’ve had so far in your career. It goes without saying that you need to pick experiences which shine you in a good light – and which demonstrate how relevant you would be to the role you’re being interviewed for. Read more…