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How to answer "What's your greatest strength" question

Updated: Apr 27, 2019

Why Do Interviewers Ask "What is your greatest strength?"

The interviewer will ask about your strengths, weaknesses, salary requirements and other questions to find out how they match up with the job description, but they also want to know what makes you different from other applicants.

Answer Tips for "What is your greatest strength?"

• Be honest. This will serve you well if you’re selected. You don’t want to over promise and

under deliver.

• Think about your strengths overall.

  • Which ones are most relevant to the position?

  • Which ones would be most valued by the organization’s culture?

For example, if you’re applying for a sales role, you might focus on building relationships. If the position is fast-paced, you might talk about your ability to multi-task.

• Back up your answer with examples.

Anyone can say they work well with others. Give the interviewer a story they’ll remember about how you do that.

Sample Answer to "What is your greatest strength?"

"I think my greatest strength is working with all kinds of people. I seem to have a natural ability to strike up a conversation and find a connection with anyone. I’ve done a lot of volunteering. We’ve worked at homeless shelters, senior centers, and after-school programs. I think these experiences will help me build trust with our customers and handle difficult people with respect."

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