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Louise's Column - Strength Based Interviews

Many employers use strength based interview questions when recruiting these days as they bring out the genuine interest, motivation and overall aptitude of the candidate for the particular job in question. Companies know they can often help build the skills required for the job, as long as the candidate has the right attitude, qualities and interests to make a great match for the role.

This type of interview is designed to look at what candidates enjoy doing and have a natural aptitude for, rather than what they can do, which is usually assessed during a competency based interview.  When employees genuinely enjoy their work, they are said to enter a state of consciousness known as ‘flow’ where they are engrossed in their work to a point where they lose all sense of time and tend to perform to a higher standard.

By asking strength based questions, a manager can really get a feel for who the interviewee is and what personally motivates them.  The results could mean that overall productivity is increased by recruiting people who enjoy doing the style of work necessary within their particular field.
As the questions feel more personal and are less likely to be practiced it also provides a more accurate indicator of later job performance and so is beneficial to both the business and the employee.

Some example interview questions might feature these themes:
•    What do you love doing in your spare time?
•    Do you like the big picture or the little detail?
•    Do you most like starting tasks or finishing them?
•    What energises you?
•    What kind of person are you?

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Louise Hewett

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