In addition to your unique strengths, employers expect people to have the same basic knowledge about our society, history, literature, etc.
You probably use critical-thinking skills all the time and don’t realize it. Think about how many problems you solve with your family or in your personal life. When you have no money for gas and its three days before payday, you are using problem-solving skills and creativity to figure out how to get to work the rest of the week.
No matter how old you are, no matter what your life is like, you have the ability to change or build skills or personality traits that will make you a better person. This includes Emotional Intelligence.
Business leaders, social scientists and others are discovering that there is something more important than “book smarts” that people need to be successful.
You can be a very skilled Carpenter or Librarian, but if you don’t follow company rules, or you are mean to customers, then you will not keep your job very long or you will not move up into higher-paying positions.