Do you know the answer to what are your strengths?  I’m guessing your list of strengths is a lot longer than you imagine.  Let’s find your TOP 3 STRENGTHS together below.


What are your Strengths?

The question may seem harder than it really is.  The first step in understanding your strengths is to look to the past.  What areas do you excel at?  What are your past achievements?

Coming up with your list of strengths is not only important for answering job interview questions.  Knowing your strengths allows you to build on them and grow stronger in the areas you excel at.

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List of Strengths

Below is a list of strengths.  The first step is to identify your TOP 3 STRENGTHS.  Doing this for both your strengths and weaknesses is important.  Knowing your lists before an interview will allow you to mention them throughout the conversation.

Types of Skills

Personal Skills— These are personality traits that make you unique and a desirable candidate in a job interview.  Your personal skills tell employers why they should hire you.  They are used to answer the question “Tell me something about yourself”.  Usually this is one of the first questions in an interview.  Examples of personal skills are below:

  • Ambitious
  • Authentic
  • Caring
  • Creative
  • Dedicated
  • Enthusiastic
  • Flexible
  • Honest
  • Integrity
  • Logical
  • Motivated
  • Optimistic
  • Open Minded
  • Persistent
  • Responsible
  • Self Controlled
  • Trustworthy
  • Versatile

Transferable Skills — These are skills you develop through your past experiences.  Transferable skills are attributes employers are looking for in good candidates.  They are skills that will help your future employer and should be highlighted.  Transferable skills include:

  • Team Player
  • Great Communication
  • Leadership Experience
  • Writing Skills
  • Follows Directions Well
  • Analytical
  • Computer Skills
  • Time Management
  • Client  Relations
  • Problem Solving
  • Motivational
  • Effective Listener
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Excellent Presenter
  • Well Organized
  • Bi-Lingual
  • Great Planner
  • Able to Delegate
  • Detail Oriented
  • Interpersonal Skills

Knowledge-Based Skills —  These are acquired strengths you gain through past work and school experiences.  These are usually career specific and require training of some sort.  The skills vary across industries are more straight forward.  Knowledge-Based Skills include:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Managerial
  • Drafting/Design
  • Artistic
  • Medicine
  • Aerospace
  • Engineering
  • Web Design
  • Carpentry
  • Product Development
  • Startup Knowledge
  • Legal
  • Teaching
  • Mathematics
  • Photography
  • Computer Science
  • Biology
  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Social Media
  • Contract Services
  • Product Design

Top 3 Strengths

Finding your top 3 strengths could include various combinations of personal, transferable and knowledge-based skills.  There are two different ways to choose your top 3 strengths when going into an interview.

The first is to select your strengths without a specific job in mind.

The 3 you choose are most likely your bread and butter.  They are strengths you have no matter what the job environment is.  Keep these in mind when you are reading over job descriptions and choosing what skills you will highlight in an interview.

The second method involves catering your answer for the specific job.  You can find a complete guide to My Strengths and Weaknesses here.  We also have a List of Weaknesses post that you may find helpful.


What are your strengths?  Comment below with a list of 3 strengths you poses that may or may not be in the lists above.  This will help others see different possibilities.