What are Competency-based interview Questions?
Competency-based questions are used by many interviewers and HR professionals to help assess and predict your behaviour in certain situations. Organisations will have
already defined the competencies required for a specific role and will devise questions to assess these.
Why do companies use competency-based interviews?
Competency-based interview questions are increasingly used by organisations as a useful tool in their selection process. CBI’s are thought to be more objective than traditional interviewing styles and are a useful way to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements of the job and is likely to possess the competencies to do it well.
What competencies am I likely to be questioned on?
Every job will have a specific set of relevant competencies but there are a number of general competencies you should be aware of:
- Communication skills
- Team Work
- Planning and Organising
- Delivering Results
- Interpersonal Skills
- Building relationships
- Use of Initiative
- Analytical Thinking
- Strategic Thinking
- Developing Others
You will often be aware of the competencies to be assessed prior to interview, this will either be from the original advert/job description or HR may make you aware of them. This will allow you to prepare some answers prior to interview.