Do You Really Know What Your Strengths Are?


When you go in for an interview, everyone talks about their strengths and what they’re good at. I’m sure you probably feel the same way, but ask yourself this question: do you know what your strengths are?

In most cases, people are wrong about what their strengths are.

In today’s working environment, we have a huge variety of jobs that we can take on, so narrowing down your strengths can help employers choose you over other prospective candidates, but how can you truly discover your strengths?

By getting feedback analysis, you can discover where your strengths truly lie.

What is feedback analysis? How can I get started?

Feedback analysis is a simple method that can show you where your strengths lie within a short amount of time. To get started, write down what you expect will happen whenever you’re about to make a key decision or take a big action. Once nine to 12 months have passed, compare the actual results of your decision or action with your expectation.

This feedback analysis gives you insight on what your perceived strengths are, and what your actual strengths are. It will show you what you are achieving and what you are failing to do. This is a process that you can incorporate into your life on a daily basis. Several actions can follow once you’ve done this exercise a few times.

1. Concentrate On Your Strengths

When your feedback analysis has been completed for a certain task and you find that you can keep repeating these results on a consistent basis, that shows you that you have a strength in this particular area. Focus on that strength and utilize it in more situations that are relevant.

2. Improving Your Strengths

Feedback analysis is a great way of consistently showing you where you need to improve or acquire new strengths. It’ll show you where you might have some gaps in knowledge, which can be easily filled. Don’t stay stagnant, focus on learning more skills and gaining new strengths to be more attractive to prospective recruiters.

3. Discover Where You’re Wrong

A lot of people believe that they’re bright, so they don’t need to learn new things. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. People with a specific expertise in one area are usually hesitant to learn new skills that are outside of their boundaries. The problem with this is that taking pride in ignorance is a self-defeating attitude that will not win you any favors. Work on acquiring skills and knowledge that will help you fully realize your strengths.

How Do I Perform?

Once you’ve discovered more of your strengths, you should figure out how you work and how you perform. Everybody has their own way of doing things, and a lot of people read articles and how-to’s on productivity, but it never works for them. Figuring out the type of performer you are can lead to better utilization of your strengths. One of the main questions to ask yourself is:

“Are you a reader or a listener?”

A reader is somebody that can utilize written cues and prompts to the best effect, while a listener is someone who prefers oral communication and sifting through these conversations to produce results.

How can you figure out which one you are? One possible way to figure it out is to recall back to your high school and university years. Did you perform better by actively listening in class and engaging in conversation? If so, you’re definitely a listener. If instead, reading and creating notes was a better avenue for you, then you might be a reader. These are just some short examples of what you can do to learn. The main thing is that you need to learn this in order to fully utilize your strengths.

There are other important questions to ask yourself in regards to how you perform, such as whether you work well alone or with others, or if you prefer to be a decision maker or as an adviser? Depending on these questions, you can pick the best ways you operate and develop them more.

Remember, changing yourself will likely produce unfavorable results, but improving the way you already perform is a great way to get better.

Chris Chu

Freelance writer, passionate about professional and personal development.

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