Competency based interviews work on the principal that your past performance is a likely indicator of how you will perform in future roles. The interviewer therefore looks for evidence of past performance against defined competencies.
This interview approach concentrates on what you do or have done, rather than what you know about technical aspects of the job. In asking for examples, your interviewer is likely to be looking for evidence of how you have applied your skills and knowledge.
To prepare, study the required competencies (normally shown on the role profile provided) and think of examples (two or three if possible) of occasions when you have demonstrated them. The interview is not a memory test, so by all means take any notes you may wish to use and any facts or figures that may support your answers.
For more information, including examples of the type of questions you might be asked, click here to download our full candidate career advice briefing ‘how to prepare for competency based interviews’.
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