This post complements the one from yesterday. Why a Company Should Hire YOU. How to answer competency-based Interview questions.
From WikiJob: How to Answer Competency-Based Interview Questions
In a competency-based interview, questions determine how you handled tasks, challenges, and other aspects of your previous or current job. Interviewers will use such questions to inquire about specific examples in which you demonstrated various skills and behaviors in your career.
For today’s discussion, we rely on a excellent article by WikiJob:
Recruitment professionals believe that the best way to assess a candidate’s potential future performance involves questioning candidates about their past performance. However, graduate student candidates don’t usually have any experience in the industry to which they are applying. Consequently, it is impossible for interviewers to discuss previous job roles.
Instead, interviewers use competency questions to have candidates show how they have performed in various situations in the past, revealing individual personality traits.
Question format varies. Sometimes the interviewer will look to gather non-specific information. Rather than evaluate any particular competency or skill. More normally, interviewers will isolate key competencies that they believe suitable employees should possess. Then, they tailor questions to focus on those skills.
When considering how to answer competency questions, candidates should not talk in broad terms, be too general or use their imagination when replying to interviewers. Instead, candidates should use specific situations from their life as examples.
Now, take a look at these charts from WikiJob. Remember, click here to access a lot of great information.
Overview/Outline of Article
The Top Ten Key Competencies
Types of Psychometric Tests
These tests “look to evaluate your intelligence, aptitude, and personality. As well as how you handle pressure and your working style.