Competency-based questions: you know, those 'describe a time when you had to…', 'give me an example of how…', 'tell me about a situation…' There's no doubt about it, they're tricky questions that can often lead to an embarrassing pause in proceedings.
They needn't. Remember that these are questions designed to help your interviewer understand how you react and behave when faced with specific scenarios. It's your individual experience and unique approach that they want to hear about - there's no right or wrong answer. But it can be difficult to think on your feet and quickly come up with good examples in an interview scenario, so preparation is incredibly important.
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We've gathered all this expertise together to create a short guide to help you prepare for competency based questions at interviews. It also gives you the heads-up on a wide range of commonly asked questions covering topics like leadership, adaptability, teamwork, problem-solving and so on - in short, everything you need to do yourself justice on the day.
It's your individual experience and unique approach that they want to hear about - there's no right or wrong answer.