Interview Questions About Your Skills and Abilities

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To ace your next interview, you’ll need to prepare answers to several thought-provoking questions concerning your skills and abilities. To convince the interviewer that you are the best fit for the role, you’ll also need a solid strategy in place.

Over the course of the interview, the interviewer will be paying close attention to the following things:

  1. Your level of self-awareness (i.e., connecting your past actions and behaviors to successful results)
  1. Your instincts or the personality traits that come naturally to you (e.g., dedication, teamwork, empathy, etc.)

What to Focus on in Your Response

Before reviewingthe questions you’re likely to be asked, write down all your hard skills (e.g., web design, accounting, typing) and soft skills (e.g., problem-solving, creativity, communication). Of that list, select up to five that you can confidently discuss in detail and apply to the specific role. Take it a step further by choosing a brief, but memorable, story that showcases your strengths.

Make sure you research both the job description and the organization ahead of time. You'll have a considerable advantage over other candidates if your answers show a complete understanding of the role. Consider focusing on the following soft skills that employers look for:

  • Communication is at the core of every organization. Therefore, employers are inclined to hire candidates with strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Today’s diverse workplace demands the ability to effectively communicate with people regardless of their characteristics (race, gender, age, experience, etc.).
  • Collaborative individuals are team-focused. When working in groups, they openly share their ideas, actively listen to and ask their peers questions to move toward the overall objective.
  • Employees with a positive attitude are optimistic, enthusiastic and are perceived honest. They see setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow and are generally well-liked by everyone.
  • Efficient problem solvers tend to climb the latter faster than most. In times of conflict, they identify the best solution – staying true to the organization’s vision – and swiftly implement it as to curtail adverse outcomes.
  • A fast learner can readily and enthusiastically synthesize new tasks. They acclimate themselves to new work environments and change more seamlessly than most.
  • A flexible employee is open to taking on a range of tasks and offering their help to peers, even if the scope of work is outside of their comfort zone.

Interview Questions About Your Abilities

Soft Skills Interview Questions

  • Describe your experience dealing with the poor performance of colleagues.
  • Have you worked with a team that didn't work well together or didn't get along? How did you overcome the roadblocks?
  • Tell me about a time you reversed a negative situation and how you accomplished that.
  • What tries your patience when dealing with coworkers?
  • Describe how you develop relationships with new colleagues.
  • Tell me how you changed someone's opinion.