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Highlighting your strengths in an interview

When interviewing you want to present your best self and that includes showcasing your strengths. For some people talking about their strengths or achievements may not come naturally and even feel a little uncomfortable. That’s why it’s important to prepare and possibly even practice ahead of time. Take time to contemplate what areas you excel at and think about specific examples to illustrate your strengths and achievements. If you are not sure where to begin, we recommend starting with SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis and focusing on the strengths. Some questions you can ask yourself are:

What are your best attributes?
Which one of those assets/attributes would you consider to be the strongest?
What gives you an advantage?
What resources do you have?
What do people tell you you’re good at?
What’s been your greatest achievement?

Take time to assess your answers and how they apply to you professionally. The next step is to narrow down which of those strengths are your strongest and those that have helped you professionally in your company and/or with clients. Think of specific examples you can reference in your interview. Additionally, apart from self-analysis, think back to what co-workers and managers have commented on positively about your performance and contributions, or ask friends and family for feedback on what they think your professional strengths are.

We hope this is a helpful reference when assessing your strengths and allows you to go into your next interview confident, focused, and prepared.