When you’re asked the question “What are your strengths?” during an interview, how do you respond?  Do you say something along the lines of “I’m organized, a team player and a fast learner.”  That’s great but when you read that response, were you impressed? I sure wasn’t. It sounded very canned and basic. If you want to leave a lasting impression that your confident in what you have to offer, highlight strengths that are not common terms and that really relate to who you are.

The first step in becoming confident in  what you have to offer is being able to identify what you’re good at and how you are able to use them to accomplish a goal. In this episode, Lisa, a career agent at the San Diego Metro Career Centers, shares tips on how to know and identify your strengths and weaknesses and the lessons for your job search.

Using the book Strengthsfinder 2.0, you’ll also discover a valuable book that can help you identify and build on your strengths.

Broken down into 34 talent themes (strengths.) Talents are people’s naturally recurring patterns of thought, feeling, or behavior that can be productively applied. The more dominant a theme is in a person, the greater the theme’s impact on that person’s behavior and performance.

The themes have unique names such as Maximizer®, Acheiver®, and Learner®.

For example, here are my My Top 5:

ArrangerTM People strong in the Arranger theme can organize, but they also have a flexibility that complements this ability. They like to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.
Input® People strong in the Input theme have a craving to know more. Often they like to collect and archive all kinds of information.
Learner® People strong in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.
StrategicTM People strong in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
Maximizer® People strong in the Maximizer theme focus on strengths as a way to stimulate personal and group excellence. They seek to transform something strong into something superb

Being aware of my top 5 strengths has helped me understand how I function and succeed in the workplace. Other than just listing out my strengths during an interview, I can  provide prime examples of how I’ve utilized my skill sets to complete task and achieve my accomplishments.

The next time someone ask you about your strengths, how will you respond differently?

More about Strengthsfinder 2.0:

The #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 BusinessWeek bestseller that introduced the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment with features that include a personalized Strengths Insight Report, an Action-Planning Guide, and a web-based Strengths Community.