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How do I answer this interview question: What are your 3 greatest strength?

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Doc’s Answer

Jessica what are good qualities in a person? No one is free of flaws and quirks, but there are desirable personality traits that attract the right people and circumstances into one’s life. One could say that these are the main characteristics of a good person. f you don’t posses the most desirable traits yourself, you probably won’t find a significant other who possesses them either. While we will always attract those who challenge us, push us to grow and overcome certain things, we too will also attract those who are like us. The key to finding one’s own happiness is to be the things you require and wish for in another.

1.) INTEGERITY
A person with integrity won’t lie, will keep their word and won’t betray you. They won’t go behind your back, badmouth you, go after another person’s partner or cheat on you. They adhere to a code of ethics that may make them predictable, but safe to the heart and one’s sanity. No unpleasant surprises come from someone with the most desirable traits in a good human. People who exhibit the best human qualities follow a code of ethics that tends to be, incorruptible, and they adhere to principles of common decency. Social skills or relating to others are abilities that require the use of common sense, which dictates what or what not to do or say in everyday settings. Overall, I don’t think any further explanation is required when it comes to this most desirable trait.

2.) KINDNESS
Kindness protects you from all kinds of heartaches. It’s like integrity. A person who possesses kindness will usually keep your heart safe and your best interests in mind. Their willingness to help others also translates into someone who knows how to put someone else’s needs ahead of their own when needed. A kind person carries a light, and that light tends to attract other “good” people too, which is why I consider it to be one of the most desirable traits. No one wants to be with someone who’s so closed off they can’t show normal” emotions. If you’ve ever tried to be friends or have a relationship with someone who has the emotional depth of a rock, you certainly know what I mean. How would someone who has a hard time feeling, or showing feelings, relate to you? There’s a difference between someone who is so closed off that they just look at you blankly, or worse, scold you or put you down when you’re feeling sad or miserable, and someone who breaks down as soon as they are looked at the wrong way. Being able to share one’s heart doesn’t mean one has to be a weakling or whiner.

3.) GENEROSITY
One of the worst people to have in one’s life is a miser. Those who constantly complain about the money they don’t have, especially while spending it on things that don’t serve them, are not only annoying, but also no fun to have around. The opposite of generous is selfish, and who wants to be with a selfish person? Being miserly also tends to show in individuals who are very preoccupied with material, i.e., superficial things. Combine that with the constant complaint about not having enough, and you’ll get a good picture of what life with someone who can’t be generous looks like. Generosity is most effective when the gift you offer is sensitive. Think about what the other person wants or needs. It’s not always about material things; it’s about being giving of yourself. Sometimes just being present and available to a loved one who is having a hard time is the greatest gift you could possibly give.
Thank you comment icon Thank You Chris. “The meaning of life is to find our gifts. The purpose of life is to give them away.” — William Shakespeare Doc Frick
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Vandana’s Answer

Hi Jessica,

This is one of the default interview questions, there are many ways to approach this question. First I would write down what my strengths are and what I am confident in. Tell the interviewer a scenario at work how your strength/skill came into play and helped you or your team/company in that scenario.

Interviews would like to know more about you, give them a little insight/background about a problem you faced and how you overcame it will your strength. It will resonate with them as well, as they would have faced a similar scenario in their professional career as well.
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Francislainy’s Answer

Hi Jessica, I'll tell you a secret from someone who interviews people:
The number doesn't really matter and there's no right or wrong answer here. The interviewer normally just wants to get you talking to get a better feeling of how you are as a person and how you communicate that back to them. Take any interview as a conversation between you and them. That will both help you feel less nervous when being interviewed and also increase your chances of doing well.
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Kelley’s Answer

As a woman, your strengths may be different but no less valuable or great. You have a lot to offer through your perspective. My greatest strengths are:

1. Empathy: make an effort to understand those you work with - both at your company and the audience you work with (patients, students, customers, etc); understand their pain points and their goals, how they view success, what they value most in a relationship. You can achieve this by talking to them about their experiences and listening actively, asking questions about experiences that don't match your own or that you want to learn more about.

2. Communication: Opt to over-communicate and clarify when you need to. This can be difficult in some work environments, but speak with confidence (even when asking questions) and avoid qualifiers and tentative language that women more often than men use like "I think," "sorry to bother you," and "just" (as in, "I was just wondering..."). Open and clear communication of expectations and goals will help you build trust with those you work with.

3. Integrity: do what you say you will do. Keep your promises to yourself and your colleagues. This can mean saying "no" to opportunities, or even "no, but" (as in, "I can't do this now, but I have time in August I can devote to this project. Will that timing work?" You'll need to be able to recognize in yourself when you've over-extended your time or skills. This comes with trial and error, but with good communication, integrity will build.
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Jeff’s Answer

Hi Jessica,

There are some great responses here already, so I'll try and add to the conversation.

By asking this question, the interviewer is trying to get to know you as an individual. They will have already read your resume and your application, but now they want to learn about you. What do you like about yourself and why? Can you make a connection between these qualities and how they'd be a positive contribution to the team or workplace?

For example, suppose you're very organized and on time with your assignments - you could respond: I'm a very detail-oriented person, and I believe that contributes to the quality and thoroughness of my projects and deliverables.

The response formula becomes, this is my quality, and this is the benefit it brings.

Those qualities vary from person to person. Be genuine and honest. Your conversation will feel more relaxed and you'll make a big impact.

Thanks for asking a great question! Good luck with your interviews!
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Ramona’s Answer

Great question, Jessica. I'm so glad you are preparing for your interview. First, start with asking a few of your closet friends/family, what they see as your greatest strengths. It's important to not just answer the interview question, but be prepared to explain why or give examples. Some questions to ask yourself to get you thinking of strengths, are.. Are you a go-getter? Do you like to be organized? Are you a good listener? Do you like to lead or initiate? Are you a deep thinker?

Once you've identified what those strengths are, take the time to write down some examples that can show case your skills set. Don't stop preparing...it will help you in getting your job.
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Paula’s Answer

I would suggest choosing three that describe you and are geared toward the job opportunity you are interviewing for. Strengths that would apply to any role include dedicated, persistent, hardworking, customer focused (if you aren’t dealing with external customers think internal ones), strong problem solving skills.
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Ruth’s Answer

Hi,

If you are really struggling with this, it may be worth you asking those closest to you (family/ friends/ teachers), and once you have a list I'm sure you'll see some keep coming up!

Mine are:
- hardworking
-persistence
-trustworthy
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John’s Answer

Persistence - keep solving the problems as they come up.

Team player - work with others, help, educate, motivate.

Trust - people work with you and help if they trust you.
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Ashok’s Answer

When answering the questions on strength, first you need to know about yourself and identify 5-6 strengths. Answer the following questions can give insights into your strengths.

#1 What are a few things that come naturally to you, but people around you find it hard ?
#2 What subjects interest you the most?
#3 What work do you enjoy the most?

Pick up strengths that are specific and not general ones. Once you identify 5-6 strengths, then pick 3 strengths that you think are relevant to the job. Speak about how you can use those strengths to do the job better.

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Josh’s Answer

Communication- Ability to communicate with team members

Kindness- Friendly towards others as well as understanding how your actions can affect others

Organization- Organization helps in staying focused and productive
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Jessica,

- Honesty
- Care for the team
- Integrity

Thanks,
Blake
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Karl’s Answer

Also be prepared to answer what are your 3 greatest weaknesses. People like to focus on their strengths but a good interviewer wants to know that a candidate also has self-awareness and is working on areas of improvement. Most candidates can name one weakness but being prepared in this area shows that you are self-reflective and are working to improve.
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Joy’s Answer

I would choose an internal emotion based quality answer for one, example: honest, kind, empathetic ( whatever you feel strongest in) , one would be more geared to something that you would bring to the job example ( organized, team player, independent thinker) and one general quality: example, go getter, focused, communicative. Having three different answers that showcase who you are as a person and who you would be as an employee gives a well rounded answer.
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