How to answer strength-based interview questions?

Strength questions don’t have a right or wrong answer. It is, however, important that you answer all questions honestly - failing to do so will give the interviewer a false impression of you.

Just like in any other interview you’ll need to include examples to back up and illustrate your responses. You can draw these examples from all areas of your life including your studies, work experience, previous employment, volunteering, or extra-curricular activities.

If you’re asked to identify your weaknesses stay away from generic responses such as ‘I’m a perfectionist’. Think of things that you’ve struggled with in the past and select a real weakness, such as a lack of organisational skills that impacts on your ability to meet deadlines, or low confidence when it comes to networking or public speaking.

Ensure that you explain how your strengths compensate for this weakness and what you’re doing to overcome it. For example, for a lack of organizational skills, you could explain how you’re using alerts and apps on your smartphone to positive effect and how a combination of lists, spreadsheets, and a daily planner help keep you on track. End this response on an upbeat note.

When you’re answering their questions interviewers will be taking note of your body language and tone of voice, which can provide clues to your sincerity. If you’re genuinely describing something you enjoy you’ll be animated and your enthusiasm and motivation will shine through.