Every job candidate is ready for this one because it gets so much attention in the career press. Job candidates are also aware that this query is used as a lead-in to a natural follow-up question (which is much tougher to answer): ‘‘What’s your greatest weakness?’’
You know that your key strategy is to first uncover your interviewer's greatest wants and needs before you answer questions. And from Question 1 (Tell us about yourself?), you know how to do this.
- My greatest areas of knowledge.
- My greatest personality strengths.
- The things I do best.
- My strongest skills.
- My key accomplishments.
- Confident-healthy-a leader.
- Honesty-integrity-a decent human being.
- Good fit with corporate culture-someone to feel comfortable with-a team player who meshes well with interviewer's team.
- Likeability-positive attitude-sense of humor.
- Good communication skills.
- Loyalty-enthusiasm to walk the extra mile to achieve excellence.
- Definiteness of purpose-clear goals.
- Enthusiasm-high level of motivation.
- A proven track record as an achiever-especially if your achievements match up with the employer's greatest wants and needs.
- Intelligence-management "know-how".