Career: 3 Simple Ways To Discover Your Strengths

In any job interview there are two questions that are almost certain to be asked:

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses or areas you need to develop?

So how can you discover your strengths and development needs?

  1. Self assess or reflect personally on your strengths and development needs based on your performance to date in different areas.
  2. Seek feedback from others formally and informally
  3. Take some form of assessment or profiling such as Myers Briggs

By taking these three simple steps you can give yourself a real edge in job interviews.

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Catherine Ford says 28 December 2008

Great advice! Thanks for the link to a Myers Briggs site. I’ve taken that evaluation before, but don’t remember exactly what the results were and have wanted to take it again.

I really like the idea of doing the evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses before getting asked that question in an interview. Those two questions have stumped me occasionally.

The Star Technique says 13 November 2010

The STAR technique describes a method of answering questions in job interviews and meetings. It’s something that every job hunter needs to know because it directly influences how well that job interview will go.

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