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How do competency-based interviews differ from normal interviews? | Competency Questions

Normal interviews are essentially a conversation where the interviewers ask a few questions that are relevant to what they are looking for but without any specific aim in mind other than getting an overall impression of you as an individual. … Continue reading

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What should I expect in the interview? | Competency Questions

Competency-based interview questions are slightly different to the style you may be used to. They will tend to focus on past situations and your behaviour in those situations. Questions are likely to start with: “Please give me an example of … Continue reading

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What does the interview focus on? | Competency Questions

Most interviews will focus on six key areas. These will mostly be competencies, but may also include other knowledge-based essential criteria for example leadership, teamwork, conflict, motivation, creativity and technical skills related to the job spec. They will be focused … Continue reading

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Top tips for competency-based interviews. | Competency Questions

Here are our top tips for competency-based interviews: Before you arrive at the interview, pick out the key skills highlighted in the job description. For each one, have a pre-prepared example of how you’ve displayed that attribute. Use a wide … Continue reading

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What are key competencies? | Competency Questions

Skills that employers look for when recruiting. Some key competencies include: Teamwork Responsibility Communication skills Decision making Leadership Problem-solving Organisation Goal orientation

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Why would an employer use a competency-based interview? | Competency Questions

Often they are used when previous experience in an industry is not seen as essential, for example an entry-level or graduate position. They may also be used to practically test how candidates would react in given situations. So rather than … Continue reading

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What is a competency based interview? | Competency Questions

It is an interview in which each candidate is asked the same broad questions which are designed to obtain information about the match between the candidate’s competencies and those required for the job. These questions concentrate on the most important … Continue reading

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Why are they used? | Competency Questions

Our individual skills, attributes and behaviours make us unique, they also influence the way we react and respond to events in our lives and so how we perform at work. There is a direct relationship between our skills, attributes and … Continue reading

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What is a Competency? | Competency Questions

Competencies are those behaviours that you demonstrate at work that makes you effective. They are a mixture of knowledge, skills, motivation and personal characteristics. In demonstrating your competence you will be showing the skills and the background knowledge necessary for … Continue reading

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