In an interview, a potential employer may ask, “What would your current supervisors say makes you most valuable to them” Although you may be worried that they want you to brag about yourself in a way that might harm your chances of getting the job, what they really want to know is what valuable traits you bring to the table as an employee. This can also help the interview determiner what, from your perspective, you view as your most valuable skills, instead of someone else’s.
Points to Emphasize
When you answer this question, it’s a good idea to emphasize the different traits that you possess that might be attractive to an employer.
- Talk about some of the feedback you’ve received from past employers.
- Give some examples of when you demonstrated exceptional skills.
- Make sure that you use this as an opportunity to make it known what your strengths are.
- Tie in why these qualities make you the best candidate for the job based on the specific role you would be expected to fill.
Like with any interview question, keep things positive and limit the amount of time you spend answering this question to under a minute.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
When this type of question is asked in an interview, it’s easy to start making mistakes that could harm your ability to get the job. To keep this from occurring, refrain making these common missteps.
- Avoid bragging about your skills and going over-the-top with your answer.
- Never say that you were one of the best employees your past employer ever had.
- Don’t say that you feel uncomfortable asking the question because you don’t want to talk about yourself.
- Avoid making things up to tell the interviewer that aren’t entirely true.
Hiring managers like to see that you are able to present this information in a way that is understandable while giving them a clear picture of who you are.
A good way to answer this question might go something like this:
In the past, I have felt that employers have always valued my commitment to the job and to getting tasks done in a timely manner. I think that this is extremely important in any job and will do the same if I am given the opportunity to fill this position.
Keep in mind that by asking this question, the interviewer is not trying to make you feel uncomfortable. Rather, they are just trying to get a better feel for if you are a good fit for this job based on your previous employment experiences.