How to Ace Strengths-Based Interviews

Do you struggle to present your best self during interviews or want to know how you can improve? Do you want to prepare in the best possible way so that you can secure your future role in tech or other competitive industries?

Organisations such as FDM Group use strengths-based interviews to find out what candidates love to do and do well. They are focused on making sure that the people they select are the right people for the right role - those who will enjoy their jobs, perform well and stay with the organisation. A strengths-based interview is designed to understand both what energises and motivates you, as well as what you do well. This differs from both competency-based interviews, which are focused more on what you can do or have done, or biographical interviews which tend to be a talk through your CV.

Another reason many employers favour strengths-based interviews, is because your responses are harder to 'fake'' with detailed pre-prepared stories, as compared to competency-based interviews. Instead, the organisation gets to see the ‘real’ candidate and see your individuality shine though – which is what they're really looking for.

Join this session to learn:

  • What is strengths-based interviewing and how do you need to prepare versus a competency-based interview
  • What are employers looking for in a strengths-based interview
  • How to demonstrate your best self in a strengths-based interview
  • How to answer typical strength-based interview questions, by practising during activities at the workshop
  • What to expect at the interview stage of the FDM recruitment process

This will be an interactive session where attendees will be encouraged to partake in activities and ask questions to ensure they get the most out of the session. The recruiters who will be presenting have not only been trained in strengths-based interview techniques but also support graduates on a regular basis with how to prepare for such interviews, thereby offering a wealth of knowledge on this subject.

This session is ideal for any penultimate or final year University students who are preparing for or in the process of applying for their first graduate role.


Zhiying Khwong
Khwong Zhi Ying
Graduate Recruiter, FDM Group

Having graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Psychology and Social Work, Zhi Ying is motivated to help students from any background kick start their careers in the tech sector. She is a strong believer that by building genuine relationships with her candidates, she will be able to provide a positive recruitment process for all!

Meghan Aubert

Meghan Aubert
Graduate Recruiter and University Partnerships consultant, FDM Group

Meghan graduated from Stellenbosch University in South Africa with a Humanities degree and has been working with FDM for over 3 years as a recruiter.

Stefan Sanan
Stefan Sanan

Graduate Recruiter/University Partnerships, FDM Group

Stefan is a Politics graduate from Liverpool and has been working with FDM for the last 6 months as a graduate recruiter, as well as on the university partnerships team.

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Career Workshops

Date: Friday, 24 February 2023

Time: 6pm – 7.30pm

Event Venue: Online (via Zoom)

Industry: Others

Faculties: School of Computing, NUS Business School, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, College of Design and Engineering

Target Audience: All students