“What are your strengths?” is a common and predictable interview question during any job search or career transition. It might be asked a different way, like “how would you describe your skills? or “what are you especially good at?” Regardless, any interviewer who knows what she’s doing is going to find a way to ask some version of this question.
Why is Knowing Your Strengths Important?
Several weeks ago, I had the privilege of being a guest on the podcast “Maximize Your Strengths” hosted by Alissa Daire Nelson. Alissa uses the StrengthsFinder assessment with her clients – most of whom are entrepreneurs – and helps them understand how to leverage those strengths for success in life and and business.
Strengths show up everywhere whether we are aware of them or not. Strengths are how we get things done in the world and are often the things people appreciate most about us. Now just imagine for a moment that you are looking to make a leap in your career. How powerful would it be in an interview to be able to discuss your strengths and put examples behind each one as you showcased them in your answers? Now imagine if you couldn’t articulate those details…
Your Career and Your Strengths
My conversation with Alissa focused on how I leverage my strengths in my work with clients to help them uncover their best career fit. We discussed the value of Communication and Empathy – two of my top 5 strengths on the StrengthsFinder assessment – when it comes to listening to my clients and understanding how best to help them achieve their goals.
We also talked about how to bring one’s strengths to the networking process. I can’t tell you how many times people say to me “Oh, I hate networking. I’m not good at it.” Does that sound like something you’d say? If so, I’d challenge your thinking and say it’s likely more true that you don’t yet know how to network, or how to use your own strengths in the networking process.
Want to know more? Check out the podcast here.
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