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Strengths-Based Interview Skills

Strengths-Based Interview Skills are essential. Your interview technique will either seal the deal or leave you in despair. Keep your CV up to date.

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£600 + VAT

This intense 3.5 hours session will help your focus become laser sharp.

The course is usually face to face in our King's Cross course centre but due to social-distancing and travel restrictions, it's currently delivered via Zoom (which is an excellent alternative).


Course Overview

Are you ready for that big job interview?

Do you want to improve your interviewing technique?

Do you need the boost in confidence that first class preparation brings?

Why not call the College of Public Speaking London?

This personal investment will repay you many times over.

One 1/2 day session produces a massive breakthrough in personal impact.

It's an intense experience, but your focus will become laser sharp.

It's the difference between achieving your dreams or not...

Please note this course is a 1/2 day session (3.5 hours).

Mutually Convenient
£600 + VAT
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Course Summary

Strengths-Based Interviews

What is a strength-based interview?

Strengths-based interviews allow interviewers to find genuine insights into the interviewees' personal attributes. This will determine if they're company material. This allows the interviewee, to be selected by showing their natural strengths.

While discussing working preferences, the interviewers learn about the interviewee's strengths.

Strength-based interviewing is founded on positive psychology.

The theory is that by identifying your strengths and matching them to the role, you’ll be happier in your work, perform better, learn quicker and stay with the company longer.

Why do employers use strength interviews?

Competency-based may be the most common type of interview, but strength-based interviews are gaining in popularity as an increasing number of organisations recognise the benefits, including:

  • They’re suitable for those who don’t have a lot of work experience.
  • Candidates have less opportunity to prepare and rehearse their answers, meaning that interview questions are more likely to bring out interviewees' genuine assets.
  • Discussing things you enjoy is more straightforward, so this format makes for a more pleasurable interview experience.

Whether you're an interviewer or an interviewee, you'll appreciate your role all the better once you've run through a bespoke list of strengths-based questions.

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'Fortune favours the prepared mind' - Louis Pasteur

Throughout your career, you'll probably encounter upwards of 25 job interviews. With the speed of technological change insatiable - don't just get ready; stay ready.

Evolution is not about the biggest and the fastest. Evolution is the ability to adapt to new environments, disciplines and flourish quickly.

Have you developed your adaptive strategy yet? Are you recession-proof? Your interview technique will determine your future success. 

A personal note from your facilitator Vince Stevenson

Since I became involved in personal development thirty-five years ago, I have been incredibly successful in helping others. Interview skills courses are enriching.

During my freelance IT career, I moved worldwide, taking high-profile jobs time after time. I moved from Operations to Operations Management.

System Administration to Programming, Project and Programme Management, then into Training, Training Graduate Programmes worldwide.

At the core of all high-level skills are literacy and excellent communication. These two light the touch paper for your career trajectory. With both, you can easily transition disciplines.

During those frenetic years, I only failed two job applications because of a lack of preparation.

If you're not ready, unprepared, nor eager to excel in your chosen profession, the odds are stacked against you. 

To help others, I am constantly adapting to my environment and building new interests. Your education must include the development of transferable skills.

What happens if your professional discipline becomes obsolete overnight? What happens if your business doesn't survive the recession?

You need to be prepared; being an excellent communicator will always be valued and will get you noticed. First-class interviewing skills are a strategic imperative.

Whenever I have asked individuals for a testimonial, I have never had a problem with them producing something encouraging regarding our work together.

I have about an 80% strike rate of success from the feedback I receive following individuals' interviews.

I'm sure you'll find my feedback objective, supportive and constructive.

Because I work in the field of public speaking and interview skills, I am giving feedback throughout the day.

I know what to look for and how to coach people into successful communication patterns.

Most of all, you'll find our session thought-provoking and future-enhancing. I'll identify your strengths and areas for improvement.

If anything is holding you back from success, it will emerge, and I'll offer you options for further development.

There is a huge need for interview candidates to be thoroughly prepared because it's a buyers' market. Employers expect to find the ideal candidate. So make it easy for them to select you.

In information industries, the way you communicate is essential. Your ability to articulate a coherent message will set you apart from the pack.

Many well-qualified and experienced candidates are currently available, and only the best prepared will find that ideal job.

Out of practice?

If it's been a while since your last job interview, I can help sharpen your interview technique with some focused exercises and role-plays. Knowing that your interview technique is fine-tuned, it's great for your confidence to walk into an interview.


Feedback from exit interviews indicates that many ideally qualified and talented candidates do not achieve their interview goals simply due to poor preparation.

Their inability to answer straightforward questions puts them on the back foot. You'll discover if your interview technique is not up to scratch.

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Having worked hard on your CV, it's easy to assume that it has been read, and accepted and that every salient point within it, is digested by the interviewer.

This is unlikely. Interviewers from the HR domain see dozens of CVs every month. How much quality time can they allocate to your CV?

The interview is your prime opportunity to expand on your strengths, achievements, and future ambitions. To demonstrate confidence and express yourself professionally.

Your CV is the hook. Your interviewing technique is what reels them in.

Continual preparation is the key to success.

Our interviewing skills course lasts a 1/2 day (3.5 hours). There are theoretical elements to discuss, followed by participation in numerous role-play scenarios.

It's essential to see the process from both sides of the table. 

What to Expect in this Strengths-Based Interview Course

A great deal of time is spent examining the types of interview questions you would generally expect. 

This alone will get you ahead of the game. To conquer the panel, you must show that you're enthusiastic and have some critical strengths.

There's a secret structure to answering some interview questions. The secret is to make it look like you're not using an interview technique.

We spend time devising coherent strategies for answering tricky interview questions. 

You will also receive comprehensive documentation for review following the course.

My coaching style is light and instructive. It's also enormous fun for us both.

Success lies in your preparation and ability to shine at the interview.

If you're well-prepared, confident and articulate, you have the type of unfair advantage that we all dream about.

We will take you behind the scenes if you're interested in our interview techniques course and want to become an insider on interview mastery.

Just click on the Contacts page on the right - complete the short form and tell us a little about yourself, your profession and your ambitions. We'll be in touch with you shortly.

CIMA accredits the Strengths-Based Interviews Skills course. The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a course certificate (digital) is available for all participants. 


  • Thanks for the thorough grilling Vince. It gave me great confidence.
    Elaine Barker, NHS
  • Excellent advice on body language and eye contact. Made all the difference on the big day.
    Ian Jacobs, Solicitor
  • Perception, perception, perception, great interview techniques and a great first impression.
    VJ Patel, Accountant
  • Great tips on handling tricky questions and turning negatives into positives.
    Joanne Smith, Civil Servant
  • Marvelous advice on closing an interview and getting the job.
    John Clark, Freelance Java programmer
  • Super constructive feedback on personal development. Much appreciated and landed me my first job.
    John Lowe, Undergraduate Oxford
  • Gold dust - absolute gold dust. Many thanks Vince. It was a great confidence booster.
    Maria Smith, Undergraduate Southampton
  • The role plays were particularly beneficial for me. It's difficult to practice at home or work. This felt more like the real thing.
    Zadie Zidane


We offer a totally confidential service and encourage liaising with clients before they consider booking courses. We recognise the significant investment in your time and resources. We accept your tight timescales and eagerness to take the next steps. Our payment options are practical and simple. For your security, we hold no client payment details online. With ever sophisticated cybercrime, your safety and security are paramount.

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The College of Public Speaking London is the UK's leading specialist public speaking organisation.
All of our trainers are not just qualified in their field, but passionate specialists in their field.
We met our colleagues working in the voluntary sector and that same passion shines through thirteen years later.
Our guarantee is that you'll enjoy a great learning experience at our course centres in Kings Cross.
The Kings Cross venue is a 5 minute walk from the London Underground, British Rail, and the Eurostar terminals.
Accessibility is key - so come and join us within the next month. Check our Offers page to see what's hot this month.

Vince Stevenson - Public Speaking Courses

Vince Stevenson - Public Speaking Courses

Course Tutor

Vince Stevenson - (he/him) The Fear Doctor - Trainer of Trainers and Public Speaking Course devotee

Vince is a well-known public speaker course trainer and has won several awards for leadership, education, and development. He is a founder of the College of Public Speaking London UK and works as Education Director managing all aspects of public speaker course delivery and content. Vince is also one of the UK's leaders in public speaking coaching. He has worked with leaders across the spectrum of politics, industry, and finance and in numerous humanitarian roles.

Vince is an avid learner and has recently earned many certificates in Learning and Communication Science with the University of California, San Diego, the University of Amsterdam, and Instructional Design with the Institute of Adult Learning, Singapore. As part of Vince's devotion to lifelong learning, he's currently working on a Higher Educational Training Course at Harvard.


  • "An exceptionally useful day's training, delivered in a positive and personanable manner, very enjoyable and significant food for thought. Thank You."

    Diane Wilson - DCI Notts Police
  • "The anxiety is gone - now that I understand it. Not only can I make a presentation - I feel I have so much to give now. It's quite a transformation."

    John Eden
  • "Since attending the course, I feel like a completely different person; more confident, relaxed and easy going. I gave a speech at work last week and it went so so well."

    Ben Harding
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