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Typical questions at a competency based interview


After all of the effort required to hone your CV into a masterpiece and finally get the attention of the kind of employer you would love to represent, being prepared for the interview is an essential part of giving yourself the best chance of getting through to the next stage, or even landing the job on the spot.

When it comes to a competency based interview, showing what skills you have learned in the past and how they are invaluable to the job role is the aim of the game. Many competency based interview questions are not necessarily difficult to comprehend, but it will require a degree of preparation before any competency interview so you can be one step ahead and impress them instantly with a raft of good, thought-through answers.

Competency based questions will target specific demands that are essential for the role, so will vary depending on what you are applying for. However, some aspects are needed for most roles and you can easily prepare for these with a good brainstorming session prior to the interview. Competency based interviews will likely ask you to explain with examples your proficiency in facets of communication, decision-making and leadership to start. Think about ways where you have had to utilise such skills and why they came in useful. The employer wants to see that you have a really sound understanding of why such examples in a competency based interview are so important for them in terms of the role you are looking to carry out.  Also depending on the job type, how well you generate results is typically a question that arises frequently. Think of positive ways to explain any failures that may have cropped up in your career. Employers know that no-one is perfect, and how well you deal with any problems and respond to them is one of the ways they will feel they can trust you to make big decisions, and pick up the pieces before any big issues end up occurring. Make your examples as relevant as possible. Those sat at the other side of the desk could be dealing with people all day, so don’t get sidetracked. Keep it on topic, and show them exactly why you are the one for the job.

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