What you should know about strengths-based interviews

What you should know about strengths-based interviews

  • This type of interviewing is used by a small, but growing, number of big graduate employers including Aviva, EY, Barclays and Nestle.

  • Rather than looking for evidence of whether or not you can do something e.g. teamwork, interviewers will be trying to identify the things you most enjoy doing. They will compare that with the strengths they believe are required to perform well in their organisation and in the jobs they have available.

  • Interviewers will pay attention to indicators such as body language, tone of voice and the type of words the candidate uses to recognise when they are speaking about a strength.

  • Questions may look like:
    • What do you like to do in your spare time?
    • What inspires you?
    • What do you find you learn most easily?
    • What kind of tasks do you look forward to doing?

  • Unlike competency-interviewing, there is no recommended format for answering strengths questions and there is little you can do to prepare answers in advance. It is however, worth taking some time to understand your own strengths. To get you started it may be useful to use the Type Dynamics Indicator which is part of the Profiling for Success suite of tools and psychometric tests (available via MyFuture).

  • Look out for workshops by EY (on MyFuture) which give an insight into Strengths-based interviewing.