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What is your greatest strength?

Posted by Adrian M.

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This is one of those questions which most interviewers ask. So it is important that you are prepared to answer this question well. 

You might think "What's the big deal? This is a simple question which anybody can answer."  Well - maybe but there are a few things to keep in mind when answering this question.  Read on...

The interviewer is trying to discover both actual strength (those that you actually have) and those that you believe you have but you may not.  So be careful how you answer this question. 

One way you can answer this question is something like this: "Here are some areas in which I excel ________, _________, and _______."

Here are some more tips to consider when answering this question:


  • tell the truth,
  • focus on strengths which address qualifications required for the position you are interviewing for,
  • provide examples of situations which demonstrate your strength(s),
  • consider knowledge-based skills, transferable skills, or personal traits.


  • sound boastful (don't over brag),
  • use cliché answers such as "I'm a hard worker" - these are too general,
  • be shy!



Analyst Kris posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 6:48 AM
I agree Adrian. However, to answer such questions, one might want to mention in the interview what others (PM's , peers, clients, developers) mention about you instead of you tell about your own strengths....

My clients / customers say that I've good listening/management skills (shows two things, (1) others appreciate you of what you have, and (2) you've good listening/management skills)

Analyst Kris
Adrian M. posted on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:57 PM
I agree with you Kris! That is a great suggestion! " What other people seem to think about me is ....", etc.
Adrian M.
ITBloke posted on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 10:54 PM
What Kris says is true as let other people know as what people think of us. This is certianly an effective way of saying.
rockitbebe posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009 11:00 PM
Very effective answer, Kris !
Talat posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:38 PM
I find answering such questions based on both what others think of me as well as what I think of myself. For example, my clients might find that I am extremely detailed, since I continue to ask them questions to get to the bottom of it. However, I may say that I'm very analytical, as it allows me to get to the bottom of something. Perhaps we are referring to the same thing, but it certainly helps to see both sides of it.
Debrah posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 1:16 PM
Talat, i love your answer. thank for sharing
Anjul posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 8:40 AM
Talat great point.
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Do your homework prior to the business analysis interview!

Having an idea of the type of questions you might be asked during a business analyst interview will not only give you confidence but it will also help you to formulate your thoughts and to be better prepared to answer the interview questions you might get during the interview for a business analyst position.  Of course, just memorizing a list of business analyst interview questions will not make you a great business analyst but it might just help you get that next job.



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