Competency based interviews are becoming more popular as a way to forecast a candidates performance by evaluating the candidates mind-set, and seeing how he/she handles certain situations.
Competency based interview questions require candidates to give examples of when they demonstrated particular skills or attitudes. The interviewer will be asking questions that will be integral to the role you’re interviewing for and they will require candidates to describe a problem or situation, the actions they took to handle the problem, and the outcome of the situation.
Be prepared and provide a clear but brief description of the situation, explain how you handle it , and describe the outcome. By focusing on one specific example, your answer will be concise and relevant for the job you are interviewing for. And, remember, these questions are about you so focus on how you managed the situation not on anyone else.
Be yourself when answering competency questions and use real life examples. These are not questions designed to trip you up, they’re designed to create the best match between you and the job you are applying for.
Below are some typical competency based questions you may come across:
For detailed tips and advice on the different interview formats access Robert Walters Guide.
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