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How to succeed in strength-based interviews

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For many in care home manager jobs, competency-based interviews are generally well known. Talking through proven examples of your previous experience to assess your suitability is a tried and tested method for both the care home and the manager candidate. But the strength-based interview is starting to increase in popularity, whether in care home manager jobs or other areas of healthcare.

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How the strength-based interview works

The main premise behind the strength-based interview is that it assesses what you enjoy doing, rather than simply assessing what you’re capable of. This can be a brilliant interview method as it allows both parties to gain an insight into the job role in question, and the candidate’s motivations and passion for the job. The advantage is that as an applicant, you’re likely to find a position you’ll really be suited to and will thrive in when following this approach.

What the interviewer is looking for

With each question asked, you are being assessed on what you enjoy. If you can show you are really engaged and have a sense of energy in particular care home manager jobs or for certain workplace situations, then you will show that the vacancy will play to your strengths – even if you are tired or under a bit of pressure, you’d still perform well in the role.

Questions you are likely to be asked:

  • When did you achieve something you were really proud of?
  • What have been some of your achievements, and how have you made them happen?
  • Do you think this role will play to your strengths? How?
  • What are you good at?
  • How do you prioritise tasks?
  • Do you prefer to start tasks, or finish them?


How to succeed at this kind of interview

Naturally these questions and their answers will seem ‘known’ to you, when compared with some questions in competency-based interviews. But it is crucial that you at least give them due consideration before the interview takes place, even if you don’t have rigid examples ready to use.

Remember to keep all of your answers relevant to your work unless the interviewer has asked for something different. Naturally some of your preferences and motivations will align with the job requirements in certain places, so be sure to emphasise these points. There’s no point in lying, as neither party will ever be satisfied with this in the long run, but try and keep in mind what the interviewer is looking for, so you can highlight parts of your answers accordingly.   


Bearing all of this in mind will give you the greatest chance of success. To look at our care home manager vacancies, please click below, or CONTACT US for a confidential chat about your career options.

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