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Answering Competency Based Interview Questions

The best way to prepare for competency questions is to reflect on your experience

Interviewers are looking to get as much information out of you as possible, so make sure your responses provide all the necessary information for the interviewer to understand the scope of your answer. As well as this, it’s important to have competency-based question examples ready with your answers to ensure you're prepared for the real thing.

Often, interviewers will focus on instances of past failures or successes. Admitting your failures will not reflect negatively on your interview if you relate how you remedied the situation, what you learned, and how you plan to avoid making the same mistake again.

Here are some examples of questions you are likely to come across in your interview:

General Interview Questions

How did you hear about this vacancy?

Tell me about a time you failed?

Tell me about yourself

What are your career aspirations?

What are your greatest strengths?

What do you consider to be your weaknesses?

What is life like outside of work?

What is your greatest achievement?

Why are you leaving your current job?

Why do you want this job?

Why do you want to work at this company?

Why should we hire you?

Competency Based Questions

Tell me about a time you led a team to achieve a goal?

Tell me about a big decision you've made recently. How did you go about it?

Give an example of a time you have handled conflict?

How do you motivate your team to achieve their goals?

Tell me about a situation where you used a different approach to communication?

How do you approach problems at work?

Describe a situation where you were asked to do something that you'd never done previously?

Tell me about a time that you made a decision and then changed your mind?

Tell me about a time where you displayed integrity?

Describe a situation where you got people to work together?

Describe a project where you had to use different leadership styles to reach your objective?

Tell me about a time you had a difficult target to achieve?

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