What Is Your Superpower?
We all have unique talents and abilities, things that make us stand out from the crowd. Some of us may have more recognizable and impressive displays of these talents–so-called “superpowers” – and today we’ll be discussing how to identify and articulate those qualities in an interview or resume.
Answers & Tips
When responding to the question, “What is your superpower?” there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Your superpower should be unique to you and represent a quality or ability that is both relevant to the job you’re applying for as well as authentically reflective of who you are.
When thinking of your superpower, consider the following:
- Be Specific.For instance, rather than just saying “leadership”, focus on a particular leadership quality you possess or a specific event where you demonstrated leadership.
- Focus on Strengths & Skills.Your superpower should be something that sets you apart. If it’s a skill, highlight any success you’ve had leveraging this skill in the past.
- Communicate Relevance. While you want to tell an authentic story, it’s important to also underscore why this superpower will be valuable in the role for which you’re applying.
Here are a few examples of how you can answer this question effectively:
- My superpower is adaptability. I’m able to quickly and efficiently pivot based on changes in the market and customer feedback. This is a skill that has allowed me to stay ahead of both customers’ and the organization’s needs.
- My superpower is problem solving. I pride myself on being able to see the bigger picture and being resourceful to come up with practical solutions. This has been particularly helpful in my work leading cross-functional teams.
- My superpower is stakeholder management. I’ve been able to understand the needs of stakeholders from all angles and build trust with them in a short amount of time. This has allowed me to be an effective bridge between teams and stakeholders.
No matter how you respond to this question, it’s important that the answer demonstrates your unique qualities and the value they offer. By doing this, you’ll be able to present yourself as the right candidate for the job.