Interview Questions About Strengths and Job Performance

Best Answers for Questions About How You Perform on the Job

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As a follow up to being asked about your greatest strengths, you may be asked about how your greatest strength will help you perform the job for which you are applying. Interviewers ask this question to see whether or not your skill set is a good fit for the particular position and the company.

How Will Your Greatest Strength Help You Perform?

An effective answer to this question will demonstrate how your greatest strength will make you an asset to the company.

When you respond, relate your strengths to both the job description and your ability to perform at work.

Be specific. Explain exactly how your strengths will help you effectively complete the duties listed in the job description. Tie your strength to the particular job description to demonstrate why you are an ideal candidate.

Even though the question refers to the job for which you are applying, you can also use examples from past positions to demonstrate the strengths you will bring to the company.

Sample Answers

  • My greatest strength is my ability to work effectively with many different people. My strong communication skills have made me an effective project manager on dozens of projects over the past five years. Because this job involves a lot of team projects, I know that my communication and interpersonal skills and make me an ideal fit for the position.
     
  • My greatest strength is my ability to stay focused on my work and finish tasks earlier than they are due. I'm not easily distracted, and this means that my performance is very high, even in a busy office like this one.
     
  • My organizational skills are my greatest strength. I'm capable of keeping many projects on track at the same time. At my last job, I was typically assigned to be project manager on any team assignments, due to my ability to stick to deadlines and keep track of our team’s progress. These organizational skills would allow me to effectively juggle all of the day-to-day operations of the office as office manager.
     
  • My greatest strength is my listening ability. I pay careful attention to what I’m being told about everything, from specific information relating to current projects, to future projects, even to what my colleagues did over the weekend. By being a good listener, I am more effective at completing projects efficiently. My listening skills also help me effectively motivate others, which would be a large part of my job as head of the department.
  • My organizational skill is one of my greatest strengths. In my previous administrative assistant position, I restructured the office filing system to make it easier to access client charts and information quickly and efficiently. This experience will enhance my performance in this position because I'm able to keep things organized and neat, which means I get more tasks completed in a shorter amount of time.
     
  • My ability to work with many different people. I enjoy learning from everyone I meet, and in this position I believe that will enhance my ability to perform on the team.

     

    • My greatest strength is my ability to focus on my work. I'm not easily distracted, and this means that my performance is very high, even in a busy office like this one.

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