Another cliched but popular question among hiring managers…

It is a great question to be asked, it is predictable and is one of the standard value proposition questions.

Tips

๐Ÿคบ What do you consider are your top 5 strengths? Form the answer around these but hone in on 2 or 3 in particular.

๐Ÿคบ What have past or current managers or colleagues said about you? Often this is where the real gold is uncovered.

(note: this is the subject of another value proposition question, overlap and crossover is common so preparing a great answer for one will aid with others).

๐Ÿคบ Dont be shy when practicing this, selling your value is not bragging :).

๐Ÿคบ Yes the Interviewer may have asked for ‘strength’ (singular) but will never pull you up on answering with more than one.

๐Ÿคบ Integrate stories into your answer

My answer.

The strengths that I value most are my on-site construction experience, education and work ethic. I have nineteen years experience in construction but far more on-site training from when I was a child working on construction sites. This was common place in the 80’s for someone to work with a parent and this was incidentally where i learned my work ethic.

If you told me as a 17 year old that in 2020 i would be now working on my second masters (in law), i’d have laughed at you. Continued professional development is important as is keeping up with industry trends and developments, however I also work tirelessly outside of my formal schooling. I am an avid reader and have recently started writing and public speaking. I also work out every day of the week.

What does this answer show the Interviewers about me?

๐Ÿงฒ Hungry

๐Ÿงฒ Dedicated

๐Ÿงฒ Will do what it takes

When i gave a similar answer to this during a recent interview, i received the follow up question, ‘yes but if we hire you this job will be busy, how will you manage your time then?

To be continued tomorrow…