This is a popular interview
question. They want to know what you think of yourself. Although
this is a general question, there is a wrong and right answer.
The wrong answer is a generic answer saying you are organized
and friendly. Although it will not hurt you during the interview,
it will certainly not help you either. Answer this question based
on the type of job you are applying for.
say I am interviewing for a management position. You should mention
traits that are important for managers.
A couple strengths
I have are planning and execution, and working with people. I've
always been very good at planning and detailing all the steps.
Even in college, I would spend time organizing my week and planning
a strategy to tackle each class or assignment. Executing a plan
has always come easy for me as well. I believe it's due to proper
planning. I also work with people very well in a way where I use
the strengths of each individual in a team to produce the best
results. Because of my easy going personality, I've been told
by my directs that it's easy to approach me.
you are applying for an accounting position, you should mention
strong traits an accountant should have and claim them to be yours.
I'm very detail oriented,
good at managing time, and very honest. I always incorporate managing
time and being detailed together. By nature I've been detail oriented,
and that resulted in taking too much time on a particular task.
After incorporating time management into the mix, I found that
my work and efficiency increased dramatically. I plan better and
produce higher quality work in a time constraint environment.
Finally, I'm a very honest person. When I was working as a valet
attendant during college, a lady gave me a twenty dollar bill
to pay for the three dollar fee. She almost drove off the lot,
but I stopped her and said here is your change. My co-workers
said I should have considered the change as tip, but I know what
I did was honest and right. You can fool other people, but you
can't fool yourself. That's what I believe.