Has an employer ever asked you in an interview, “What is your greatest strength?” or “If I asked your friends and family, how would they describe you?” These are common interview questions many people surprisingly struggle with. They seem easy because who knows you better than you, right? Unfortunately, not many people sit down and try to describe themselves on a daily basis. The good news is there’s an assessment called “StrengthsQuest” which answers these questions for you. The StrengthsQuest assessment is a short survey that determines your top strengths. This assessment is based on a list of 34 different strengths. The most important strengths are your top five. Many people will have similar strengths, but they are almost never in the same order. The assessment really helps you define, on paper, what you do best. The assessment also talks about the downfalls of each strength and some relationships between them. Knowing your strength’s limitations can also help you answer the question “What is your greatest weakness?”
So can this assessment only help you in an interview?
The short answer, no. These strengths can also help you develop your resume. Knowing these strengths can help you determine and showcase what you do well on a resume, which is very important since your resume is often your first impression with an employer.
How can you incorporate these strengths into your resume?
There are many ways to display your strengths on a resume depending on what they are. To show you what I mean, I have listed my strengths (along with the official definitions of each strength from the StrengthsQuest website) below along with my resume. On my resume I have highlighted areas where I felt certain strengths are shown.
People who are especially talented in the Deliberative theme are best described by the serious care they take in making decisions or choices. They anticipate the obstacles.
People who are especially talented in the Analytical theme search for reasons and causes. They have the ability to think about all the factors that might affect a situation.
People who are especially talented in the Restorative theme are adept at dealing with problems. They are good at figuring out what is wrong and resolving it.
People who are especially talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They inspire others with their visions of the future.
People who are especially talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
To read more about Strengths and how each Strength can be used in the career exploration process, check out our StrengthsQuest section here on the blog.