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4th November 2019

How Do You Pass a Competency-Based Interview?

Posted in: Candidate Tips

When it comes to interviewing, both employers and job seekers find the prospect nerve-wracking. That’s why Recruit Mint looks to bridge the gap by providing both parties tips and tricks on how to have a successful, skill-based interview. Whether you’re conducting a competency-based interview or simply looking to ace one, our how-to guide is here to help. Discover the benefits of the STAR technique and rehearse your answers to commonly asked competency-based interview questions. With a little practice and a positive attitude, you’ll enter the interview room with confidence! 

What is the STAR Method of Interviewing?

The STAR method of interviewing was designed to help you articulately answer behavioural-based interview questions. Competency-based interviews are designed to remove any bias from an interview. All candidates will be asked the same questions to judge whether they have the appropriate skill set for the job. Most competency-based questions begin with “Give me an example when”, “Tell me a time when,” or “Describe a time when”, which is your signal to use the STAR technique when answering. What is the STAR interview technique, you ask? It’s as followed:

Situation – Describe the situation you were in and explain the task you were given. 

Task – Explain what you were asked to do. What goal were you trying to achieve?

Activity – Describe how you worked toward that goal.

Result – How did the situation turn out? Discuss how your efforts affected the outcome.

How Do You Prepare for a Competency Interview?

When you’re preparing for a competency-based interview, be sure to quantify your success. Get as specific as possible and vary your examples to showcase your versatility. Speak on your contributions to a project and be sure to mention any lessons you learned along the way. Most importantly, be concise! Attention is hard to keep so make sure your answers are short, sweet and engaging. Always end on a positive note and let your personality shine. If you stick to the STAR method you’ll come across professional, articulate and confident.

What is a Competency-Based Interview Question?

Want to practice some competency-based questions before your interview? Think up an answer to the prompts below and leave a positive impression in your next interview!

  • Tell me about a time when you had to prioritise your task load to hit a deadline.
  • Tell me when you had to make a split-second decision at work. 
  • How do you deal with conflict?
  • How do you react to feedback?
  • Tell me about a time when you handled a difficult client.
  • Describe a time you had to find a solution to a problem.
  • Tell me a time when you failed. 
  • Give me an example of when you stepped outside your comfort zone on a project.
  • Tell me about a time when you took the lead on a project and delegated tasks.
  • What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

At Recruit Mint, we’re always looking to improve people’s lives by pairing great companies with great talent. Whether you want to work in the industrial, technical or commercial industry, we have a qualified, specialist consultant ready to help. Contact us for additional job advice today and let us help you find top-tier talent in Peterborough and beyond.