In my previous post, I shared some of the trickiest interview questions individuals often come across and how to successfully navigate them. One I didn’t mention was the classic, “What Are Your Greatest Strengths?” question and how to portray your desirable traits.


As a candidate, you don’t want to come across as egotistical or arrogant, but you don’t want to appear too humble either. Ideally, by the time you receive this question, you’ve already identified your interviewer’s primary wants or needs from you as a candidate. To be ready for this question by preparing a mental list of your strengths prior to the interview. Think of an example or two to illustrate those strengths.


Base your answer on the following: what you discover in the interview, research you performed beforehand, or on the fact that there are ten traits that all employers love to have in their employees:


  1. Honesty and integrity
  2. A good fit with corporate culture
  3. Great communication skills
  4. Dedication or a willingness to go above and beyond what it would normally take to achieve excellence in the organization
  5. Clear goals
  6. Enthusiasm and motivation for what you’re doing within the company
  7. Confident, healthy leadership
  8. A proven track record of achievements—what you have done for a company that saved money, made money, or improved a process
  9. Adding value and achieving great things within their organization
  10. Intelligence or management savvy

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