If you ask someone to tell you what their strengths are, they are probably going to answer modestly or go as far as to tell you what they are not good at instead of the other way around. Why? For the majority, it is so much easier to identify what’s missing rather than what’s right in front of them. Having said that, when you are trying to present your strengths to a potential employer you need to able to recognise your key skills and abilities and then convince the interviewer providing real-life examples.
Check the following tips to help you bring out the best version of yourself during the interview:
#1 Introduce Yourself
The most effective way to present your strengths to a potential employer is to introduce yourself. Even if they don’t ask you this question during the interview, make sure you find the right opportunity to talk a bit about yourself. This should take no longer than two minutes and will definitely impress the employer who is meeting you for the first time and wants to know more about who you are.
If you are wondering what you need to focus on take a look at the following:
- Core values: refer to 2 or 3 of your strongest work-related qualities that shows you are a good fit for the job.
- Summary of experience: mention your previous work experience that relates to the job on offer including your key roles and years worked in the industry.
- Personality: include at least 2 words or phrases that describe your workplace personality such as interpersonal skills and leadership.
- Industry keywords: refer to keywords or phrases - preferably to describe the most urgent skills, as used in the job advert which you have studied earlier.
- Other credentials: refer to any experience with high-profile companies and mention that you possess professional awards or qualifications in your subject.
#2 Practise Storytelling
As a response to the employers’ behaviour-based interviewing, you need to be able to provide effective storytelling responses on the spot. This requires that you refer to past examples that can prove the fact you possess those abilities you have listed on your resume. Here are some steps to effective storytelling:
- Prepare 5 or 6 success stories and practice them relating each one to different questions.
- Study your resume and expand on your bulleted achievements to help you begin your storytelling.
- Think of what you did, how you did it, why was it necessary to be done, when you did it and who you did it for/with.
In order to be successful, you should stay true to the PAR principle which refers to Problem, Actions and Results. This means you should identify a problem you faced on the job, describe how you resolved it and note the results you achieved through this experience.
#3 Use Visuals
Another excellent way to present your skills is to prepare a mini-PowerPoint presentation or slide hand-outs in which you highlight your experience, brand and core values. Incorporating visual content such as charts, graphs or other specific facts in any form can show employers you are a indeed a valuable asset to their company. In this sense, visuals can definitely help you stand out from competition too, since not many candidates are being that creative.
In order to be able to present your strengths effectively in a job interview, first you have to believe you possess the skills you describe. If you are not being honest with yourself, the employer will know by the way you communicate and your body language.
Follow these tips to help you nail your next job interview and remember to always be yourself! Can you think of any other creative ways to showcase your strengths? Let us know in the comment section below!