Tips to answer the question: "what are your biggest qualities?"

Posted by Fed Finance in Our employment advice
Posted at 28/04/2022
Tips to answer the question: "what are your biggest qualities?"

It’s one of the most common interview questions. Learn the recommendations from Fed Finance experts to formulate the ideal answer and achieve your dream job.

Don't improvise: think about it beforehand

Time is short, so it’s important that you do your homework and have prepared what you are going to say. It’s important to know beforehand which qualities best define you. With this question the recruiter analyses if the candidate is aware of what he/she is good at for the position. He also assesses the level of confidence and honesty.

Match the answer with the job description

In a job interview it is necessary that the qualities demonstrated are aligned with the profile of the position and the company. Relate your qualities to the functions you will perform.
We suggest you make a list of all the professional qualities you most emphasize in you and that may be related to the job you are applying for. Select the ones you think will fit in with what the recruiter is looking for. It’s important to bear in mind that not all the personal qualities you consider to be of most value may be of interest and relevance to the professional area you are applying for.
Read also: How to set you apart from other candidates 

Give answers with examples, numbers, etc.

Be relevant, specific and give examples of times when you have used your qualities in a business context. Quantify your value. If you have numbers to back up your professional experience and achievements, highlight them. In corporate finance this is an asset.
The more accurate you are, the more realistic and engaging you become. Practice what you can say. You'll feel much more confident when you must respond. Tell a good story, be authentic. Share relevant experiences about your past jobs to illustrate strengths.

Don't overstimate yourself, but also don't undermine your value

Be the realest possible. The important thing is to be true to yourself and honest with the recruiter. Don't exaggerate. Be honest and humble. Try to avoid clichés and answer as naturally as possible, highlighting your skills and qualities as appropriate to the role.
Read also: 6 things to do before any interviews with a recruiter

To make it easier, we've listed some of the most common qualities mentioned in job interviews. But be sure to select only those that fit your profile and job opening:

  • Organization
  • Flexibility
  • Responsibility
  • Competence
  • Commitment
  • Punctuality and assiduity
  • Proactivity
  • Dedication
  • Initiative
  • Team work
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Ease of communication
  • Willingness to learn

Read also: A guide to managing your stress before an interview 

Be positive, show confidence and convey that you are the ideal candidate for the job. Contact a Fed Finance Portugal consultant if you need further advice. Fed Finance is in the centre of Lisbon. Our consultants are available every day to define your profile and help you in your search.

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