How ‘Competent’ are you in Interviews?


It may be some time since you went for a job interview – can you remember what happened? What ‘type’ of interview was it? Did you even know there were different ways to interview? Well fear not – Response Network is here to help you!

So lets answer the basics…more and more businesses are conducting ‘competency based’ interviews, so lets find out what this is:

What is a competency-based interview?

Put simply, it’s an interview in which you are asked questions that relate to past situations that you’ve found yourself in, primarily at work. The purpose is to try to gain an overall impression of what you’re like as a person, including your strengths and weaknesses and how you handle situations.

How is it different from other interviews?

As opposed to “normal” ­– sometimes called “free-form” – interviews, the person conducting a competency-based interview might have a script, occasionally written by a psychologist, to help offer up answers and insights into your capabilities. So, instead of being asked whether you like to work as a part of a team, you’ll be asked to describe a time when you did so; how you behaved in that situation will give your prospective employer an insight into how you might behave in the future.

You could be asked questions like:

  • Tell me a time when you worked as part of a team and what was your role within that team?
  • Can you think of an example of how you best used your communication skills?
  • Describe a situation in which you solved a dispute.
  • What has been your greatest achievement in your career so far?

See, it isn’t as scary as it sounds, right? The key points to remember are:

  • Be honest! If you tell a fib you will be found out later down the line should you get the job
  • Focus on your background, skills and experience
  • If you haven’t got a lot of work experience then focus on your hobbies, voluntary work, school etc.
  • Read the job description really well and come up with situations that you have been in that showcase your skills in those areas.

We have come up with a simple method to help you remember what to do…its called RESPONSE!

R – READ the job description really well

E – EVALUATE the skills needed for the role

S – SITUATIONS, match the skills with your situations

P – PREPARE your responses using your experiences

O – OFFER honest real life responses

N – NEVER fib or exaggerate your replies

S – SHOWCASE your ability, this is your chance to shine!

E – ENJOY it – the more you relax the better you will come across!

Any final tips?

Don’t be afraid of talking about something that didn’t turn out perfectly. The important part is to show what you learned from the experience. Explain what went wrong, why it went wrong and what you would do differently next time round.

Posted on 2nd June 2016 in Uncategorised

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