Refer directly to any positive appraisals or compliments from a previous boss.
My last boss told me that I was the best editorial manager he’s ever worked with. He loved that I was reliable and could get things done on time when we had a tight deadline, or when he needed some last-minute, after-hour changes. I think he’d also mention my communication skills and strong attention to detail.
Give an example of a work-related strength that helped you stand out from other employees.
When I was a waiter, my boss would frequently comlpiment me for being reliable. I was always on time and ready to work. I was the one he would call when he needed someone to fill in last minute for a shift. I was always there to help him out, and I could be counted on when others couldn’t.