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Answering Competency Based Interview Questions

4 Answering 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

Competency Based Interview Questions

How Did You Hear About This Vacancy?

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

Tell Me About a Time You Failed?

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

Tell Me About Yourself?

Give an example of a time you have handled conflict?

What Are Your Career Aspirations?

How do you motivate your team to achieve their goals?

What Are Your Greatest Strengths?

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

What Do You Consider to Be Your Weaknesses?

How do you approach problems at work?

What Is Life Like Outside of Work?

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

What Is Your Greatest Achievement?

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

Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?

Tell me about a time where you displayed integrity?

Why Do You Want This Job?

Describe a situation where you got people to work together?

Why Do You Want to Work at This Company?

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

Why Should We Hire You?

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

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