Hi all,
I'm a massive fan of the manager tools interview series and credit it with getting me through all interviews I've had since I bought it (8 years ago) - however the series is ideal for competency based questions I'm now with an employer who has switched to "strength based" questions e.g. "When are you at your best?" "what do you never get to on your to do list?"
Does anyone have tips? Could this be another cast????
Thanks all!

G3's picture

I'm not sure that I understand the question.

...what's the difference between competency and strength? If I have a great amount of competency in something...then isn't that a strength? Can't I still use my examples from my 'general store' to answer 'when am I at my best?' 

What do you never get to on your to do list sounds kind of like answering a "weakness" question. There's a cast for that here:

Hope that helps!

primro's picture

Thanks - no they are a little different - the idea is it is hard to prepare for them as they focus on what you like (or don't like) rather than what you have done
More samples here
What are you good at?
What do you learn quickly?
What things give you energy?
When did you achieve something you were really proud of?
Do you prefer to start tasks or to finish them?
Do you find you have enough hours in the day to complete all the things you want to do?
What things are always left on your to-do list and not finished?
What have been some of your achievements and how have you made them happen?
Do you think this role will play to your strengths?

tlhausmann's picture
Licensee BadgeTraining Badge still seems very much like a behavioral interview where you ought deliver an answer from your list of accomplishments.

Q: "What do you learn quickly?"

A: "I must quickly assess IT operational effectiveness. In my job as a consultant I guided the client to turn-around service desk effictiveness by ..."