Was it YBF wot won it?

Spectator LogoDozens of YBF activists descended on Newark, scene of the Conservatives’ recent by-election victory and a similar surge in Ukip support. Maybe you were one..?

The Spectator has written on the central role played by young conservative leaders as part of Road Trip 2015.

Interview Techniques by Peter Botting

Peter BottingFinishing University this year? Looking for a Job? Here are some useful notes on interviews from YBF coach and speaker, Peter Botting. When Peter is not running campaigns or helping candidates get selected and elected, he helps people prepare for interviews. Find out more about what Peter does, his discounted graduate interview preparation courses and more interview preparation tips at www.peterbotting.co.uk

What happens if they ask “Do you have any questions?” What should I say?

This is something every corporate interview client asks me. The answer is Yes, Yes, Yes.

They should all be future “we” related, not past and not  “me”.

Good questions can make all the difference in an interview. They can elevate or rerank you, highlight your skills and experience and showcase your confidence, commitment and accountability. Please add your suggestions…

  1. Apart from the job itself, how could I help make the team/company perform better?
  2. Assuming you think I fit the role, what’s the most important thing I should achieve in the first 14/60 days?
  3. What skills, traits and characteristics does this company value the most?
  4. Is there a mentoring programme and how does it work?
  5. This position sounds even better now and I am really excited about it. Is there anything that I should be demonstrating to you today, that I haven’t yet?
  6. What should I have achieved or proven 6/12 months from now that will demonstrate that I have met or exceeded your expectations?
  7. How would you describe your company’s culture?
  8. What attracted you to the organization?
  9. What are the next steps in the selection process?
  10. Could you clarify what you said about…?

Interview tips: Preparing for an interview

First of all do the boring stuff. Precisely because it is boring, the fact that you have done it could help you stand out.

  1. Where is the interview? Exactly – in which building? If you can go there the day before so you know how much time it takes to get there.
  2. What is the format and who is interviewing you. They may not tell you this, but if they do you have some research to do on the people interviewing you – this will count! Will there be any tests or group exercises? Should you bring anything? See if there is anything on the internet about the company’s interview procedures and other people’s experiences there.
  3. What to take with you to the interview? Obviously, take the ‘invitation to interview’ email, your CV and your cover letter. If it was an online application, you should have printed that out too. Re-read these before you go in to the interview!  Take a pen (the nice one, not a chewed horrible one) and a small professional looking notebook or pad. I like the small moleskin ones.
  4. What to do immediately before the interview? Re-read your research on the company, the people who will be interviewing you and the company and industry news and any trends research that you have done. Make sure that you have skimmed over all the news of the last few weeks. You will be asked about UK and European current affairs, industry trends and their likely impact on the industry.  A client of mine was asked about Leveson 3 weeks ago. Another was about the future of the Euro.
  5. What else? The night before the interview, drink water, get some exercise in the morning and get mentally prepared. Switch your phone off! Finally, get there 30 minutes early and go through my interview preparation process to help get you “in the zone”.

Hero and Zero of the Week

–Author- Stephen Hoffman


It would be easy to give this collectively to the RMT as they certainly deserve it, but as I have bashed the RMT before and no doubt will do so in the future I thought I’d give it to someone else this week.

Step forward Gerry Adams. This week Gerry Adams was arrested for the murder of Jean McConville, who was murdered and buried on a beach in the Republic of Ireland on the orders of the IRA. Her crime was aiding a wounded British soldier. Whilst Adams still denies involvement, in his own words after being arrested he said “I have never disassociated myself from the IRA and I never will.”  That he is proud to have been part of a murderous terrorist groups which killed many innocent civilians is deeply troubling.

Honourable mention go to David Steel, the former leader of the Liberal Party when Cyril Smith was one of their most well known MPs. This mention is for his see no evil, hear no evil interview for Radio 4’s World at one, when questioned about strong evidence that Cyril Smith was a serial abuser of boys. Alongside him John Bercow gets a mention for trying to make PMQs the John Bercow show.


Hero of the week goes to Priti Patel MP. Priti is one of the rising stars of the Conservative Party and speaks common sense on criminal justice, free enterprise and the nanny state. This week, despite being a member of the prime Minister’s own policy advisory board, she led the charge against plain packaging pointing out that it would be the final nail in the coffin for hundreds of newsagents. Her exact quote being on plain packaging: “This is a very anti-Conservative thing to do. It is a blunt instrument which will have a disproportionate impact on independent retailers.” She is right and its time to consign this deeply illiberal and economically illiterate policy to the dustbin of history.

Honourable mention goes to Nigel Evans for his return to the House of Commons this week after months of sheer hell he was put through by the CPS before finally being found innocent.

Still not sure about America this summer..?

USA-UK-FlagThe deadline for applications for the YBF US Summer Conference study visit to Washington DC expires on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. This is your last chance to apply. If you are still unsure about whether or not to join us in the United States this summer, maybe this will help whet your appetite…

Saturday, 19 July: fly to Washington DC, check-in at Marymount University and dinner at Gerard Phelan Hall Continue reading

An Easter gift from YBF

YBF Small Dolphin LogoAs our gift to you for Easter, and mindful that too many people in Britain suffer from obesity such that it is not going to be yet another Easter egg or Hot Cross Bun, the Young Britons’ Foundation is pleased to confirm that the 11th YBF Activist Training Conference will take place at Churchill College, Cambridge from lunchtime on Friday, 12 December 2014 until lunchtime on Sunday, 14 December 2014.

Further details including confirmed speakers, ticket prices and award nominees will be announced in the coming weeks. So watch this space – and save the date in your diaries. Happy Easter!

YBF at the Reagan Ranch

RanchEarlier this month a delegation of YBF activists were privileged to enjoy a private escorted tour of Ronald Reagan’s Western White House, Rancho del Cielo, on the anniversary of the death of his close friend, Margaret Thatcher.

Young America’s Foundation recorded the success of this moving and memorable tour here.

If you too wish to visit the United States as part of YBF’s US Summer Conference programme, the deadline for applications has been extended to 30 April 2014. 

YBF US Summer Conference Programme Update

capitolThanks to the generosity of YBF’s donors, a further ten places have unexpectedly come available for this year’s YBF US Summer Conference Programme.

But you need to move fast as the deadline for applications is 4pm on Wednesday, 30 April 2014. 

If you would like to visit the White House and the US Supreme Court, receive a private tour of the National Mall, tour the Newseum and Arlington National Cemetery, shoot pistols and machine guns at a shooting range, smoke and drink in an old speakeasy, receive private briefings from Congressmen, Senators and their staff at the US Capitol, attend lectures at conservative think-tanks, meet like-minded friends at Young America’s Foundation’s Conservative Student Conference, enjoy public speaking and on-camera media training from some of the world’s most pre-eminent lecturers – and more – then please read these details and then contact Anne Sutherland without delay.

So would you like to come to America this summer?

capitolYBF is delighted to reveal details of this summer’s Reagan-Thatcher US Summer Conference programme.

Applications are invited by completing and returning this application form by 31 March 2014. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to visit the United States and to receive bespoke training, private briefings and to hear from leading conservatives. Throw in some baseball, shooting, sightseeing, shopping and socialising and it becomes the trip that all young conservatives want to attend.