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What Are Competency Based Interview Questions?


Interviewers use competency based interview questions as a way to measure your skills and experience against the job spec.

It is also a good way of comparing skills and experience to see how you compare with other candidates.

Most competency based interview questions start in one of the following ways:

1. Tell me about a time when…

2. Describe an example / situation…


Some examples of competency based questions are:

1. Describe a situation in which you were a member of team. What did you do to positively contribute to it?

2. Tell me about the last time that you had an argument with a colleague?

3. Tell us about your biggest failure. How did you recover and what have you learnt from that incident?

4. Describe a situation where you needed to inspire a team. What challenges did you meet and how did you achieve your objectives?

5. Describe a situation where you were able to influence others on an important issue. What approaches or strategies did you use?

6. Tell us about the biggest change you have had to deal with. How did you adjust to it?

7. Describe an achievement that you are proud of and tell us why. What did you find challenging?


So How To Succeed With Competency Based Interview Questions?

One of the best ways to answer a competency based question is to use the “STAR” technique:

Situation – outline the situation you were in

Task– describe what you needed to do as a result of the situation

Action– explain what you did, how you did it and why

Results– describe the successful outcome of your actions using specific examples


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