The most effective way to present your strengths at a job interview is to tell the employer what you can do for him/her and then prove what you can do by giving specific detailed examples of what you’ve done in your past. Here are the steps to developing strong answers that will convince the prospective employer that you’re the right person for the job.
Think about which skills, abilities, experiences, training and attitudes the prospective employer might want and need. Think about what you have to offer in terms of the employer’s wants and needs. These are your strengths. Think about specific examples from your past experience that demonstrate your job-related strengths.
Provide examples about specific problems, challenges, situations or skills that prove your job-related abilities, attitudes and skills.
Include specific details about for whom, when, where, what, how, and why.
Use numbers to show the employer how much, how many, how often, how long, how fast, etc., if possible. Keep your examples brief (under a minute) and be sure they’re related to the job.
Show results of your actions that benefited the employer.
- Increase sales?
- Cut costs?
- Improve quality?
- Reduce production time?
- Improve customer satisfaction?
- Save money (etc.)?
Specific examples of what you’ve accomplished in the past will allow the employer to forecast what you might accomplish in the future. This is the key to presenting your strengths.