How to prepare for a competency-based interview

During any interview you are likely to face some Competency Based Questions (also sometimes called “Behavioural Interview” style questions)

The interviewer is trying to make a prediction of your future success by understanding how you have handled situations in the past.

In a Behavioural Interview you will be asked for very specific examples. The questions will start with “Tell about a time …” or “Describe a situation …” and then you might be encouraged to elaborate further with questions like “So what were you thinking at that point?” or “What was your decision making process?”

Remember, the core Characteristics / Competencies your future employers will be looking for are:

  • Courage / Persuasion
  • Commitment
  • Work Orientation / Stamina
  • Discipline
  • Competitiveness
  • Big Picture Thinking
  • And more.

Don’t let this worry you. All you have to do is prepare and stay positive!

Here’s how to prepare:

  1. Write down six to eight example situations from your past experience where you demonstrated desirable behaviours and skills that employers look for. What was the Situation? What Action did you take? What was the Result? Take the time to make it strong. You want to get hired, don’t you?
  2. Don’t be bashful – think of examples that highlight your strongest skills.
  3. Half of your accomplishment statements should be totally positive, such as large achievements or accomplishments. The other half should be situations that started out negatively but ended positively.
  4. Have some variation in your examples. Don’t make them all relevant to just one theme/job.
  5. Use fairly recent examples, if you can.
  6. In the interview, listen carefully to each question. Pause, and then choose an example story.

In my FREE 3-day e-course I will show you exactly how to prepare and practice you answers, and give you examples of more types of questions you might expect. There’s also a lot more useful information to help you get that dream job. Just put in your name and email below and I’ll send you the first lesson immediately.

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