Competency Based Interviews – Behavioral Interviews
Recruiters have used many techniques over the years to assess job applicants BUT a popular and successful technique is the Competency Based Interview or Behavioural Interview. The thinking behind these interviews in that the best indication of how an individual will behave in the future is how they have behaved in the past.
Competency Based Interviews – What are they?
A competency Based interview is a technique that employers use to determine whether you are a good fit for the job by asking questions that show evidence of your past behaviour. Anyone can say they are good at selling at interview BUT when individuals are asked to recall situations and they need to show evidence that they have done what they say.
Difference between competency questions and traditional.
Basically Competency Interview questions are specific behavioral question will be very specific. Traditional interview questions are “what if” – for example “how would you sell me a product”. These interviews are about the now or future and do not seek specific examples
An example of a Competency Based Interview question.
“Tell me about a situation where you had to use your initiative?”
Preparation & Techniques for Competency Based Interviews
It is important to identify what competencies will be assessed. Some employers will provide this information before interview and some will not. The important thing is to ask. If you are not provided you still will be able to work out what they could be. Prepare a few examples for each of the competencies to be assessed. Ensure that you use the STAR technique for your preparation – Situation/Task, Action & Result.
If you need help preparing for a competency interview we can help. Measurability is interview experts in Ireland offering interview preparation for Competency Based Interviews or Behavioural Interviews.