It’s the end of the summer break in the UK, exam results are out, and millions of young people are facing their first job interview.

Employers can find it really hard to tell whether a young person is right for the job. Unless the organisation does a strengths-based interview when interviewing young people, it’s almost impossible to find out whether someone will be a good fit.

Unless, that is, they happen to come across a young person whose mum has implemented strengths approaches in the organisation where she leads HR, and who coaches her child to think differently about the interview.

This mum is our client, and she knows and loves the strengths way of thinking. Not only that, but she’s a fan of The Strengths Book.

When her daughter got an interview for a graduate job and was told she had to prepare a presentation about herself, she knew what to suggest! Her daughter was a little bit reluctant to do anything ‘different’ – she knew all the other candidates were going to be watching her in action!

However, she DID read The Strengths Book.

She then wrote a presentation about what she loves to do, what energises her and what she is really good at. She included photos of herself doing some of those things and the interview panel apparently loved it. She got the job!

If you’re a young person preparing for an interview, or if someone in your family is, try The Strengths Book.


Now EVERYONE can discover the power of strengths with Sally Bibb’s book The Strengths Book: Discover How to Be Fulfilled in Your Work and in Life.

Sally BibbDirector, Engaging Minds
Sally Bibb is the author of Strengths-based Recruitment and Development: A Practical Guide to Transforming Talent Management Strategy for Business Results and The Strengths Book: Discover How to Be Fulfilled in Your Work and in Life, and is a leading strengths expert.