Your skills and experience


Know your strengths and mention ones that are relevant to the job you are being interviewed for. It is important to quote examples of when you have used the skills – it isn’t enough to just say that you have the skills.

Typical strengths employers look for are:

  • Communication – the ability to get on with a wide range of people
  • Team working – the ability to be an effective team leader or team member
  • IT skills – most jobs these days need some IT skills
  • Good attitude – hard worker, honest, polite, co-operative
  • Problem solving – using your initiative to identify solutions
  • Enthusiasm – employers like someone positive
  • Quick learner – so you can take on new tasks
  • Determination – shows you are focused on achieving goals
  • Flexibility – doing a variety of tasks to achieve a common goal.

If you’re asked about weaknesses, don’t list many – only mention one! Choose a minor flaw that isn’t essential to the job. Turn it into a positive, such as how you’ve worked on the weakness or you could present it as an opportunity for development.