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Hi, we're Jeff and Mike the Interview Guys and today we're going to teach you how to answer the question
"what is your greatest strength?". This is almost like a trick question, isn't it Mike?
That's correct Jeff. Your instinct will be to simply list off some strengths that you have, but as we always teach our students,
"it's not about you, it's about them." So what this means is you need to answer the question with the company's desired strengths
in mind. So Jeff, where do we find which strengths the company desires?
Here' a tip. The key to answering this question is in the preparation. Take some time to really study the job description
and search the web to try to get a feel for what your company's desired strengths are.
Then, once you have figured out what these are, you want to infuse them into your answers to this question. But there
is still one more step.
That's right Mike. You should also include one or more success stories, to support your claims. A success story is a story from your past, work or personal life,
that highlights an achievement and reflects one of your strengths.
So to recap, what you want to do is take one of your success stories and infuse it with the knowledge, skill or ability that you posses that you have found in the job description.
or somewhere on the web.
Can you give us an example Mike?
Sure. I'd say something like,
"I'd say that my greatest strength is critical thinking. When I worked as a lifeguard at the Seattle Aquatic Center, I was responsible for the safety of hundreds of people and was required to make quick decisions to ensure their safety. During my tenure I had a 100% safety record. I believe this will be very valuable in my role as Director of Health & Safety with the New York City Health Club."
Good job Mike. Do you see what he did in his answer? He included the strength "critical thinking", which he discovered through
his research was of high importance to the company, and then included it in his answer.
So that's how you answer the question "what is your greatest strength". If you want to learn how to use this method to answer
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