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PREPARE TO ARTICULATE HOW YOU ADDRESS THE JOB SPECIFICATION

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almost 2 years ago by Test Admin

PREPARE TO ARTICULATE HOW YOU ADDRESS THE JOB SPECIFICATION

Ever more frequently employers are using competency based interview techniques. These can be rather uncomfortable if you’ve neither experienced them before nor had the chance to prepare appropriately.

Fortunately there are things you can do to help you prepare for at least some of the questions you’re likely to encounter.

Competency based questions will ask you to explain situations where you have demonstrated the required competencies for the role, usually those described in the job spec

‘Can you give me an example of when you’ve shown you can deal with….xxx?’

It can be very hard to articulate an appropriate example of where you have demonstrated a required competency in a relevant context if you haven’t had a chance to think about it before the interview.

  • Work through the competencies listed in the job specification and have a think about some good examples of where you’ve demonstrated each competency.
  • Make some notes to take to the interview outlining to yourself specific examples of how you have addressed each competency the job specification is asking for. This is really important to have something to prompt you if you get nervous or caught off guard.
  • Go through your examples with someone who understands the context of the role you are applying for, that you also trust to give you honest feedback on the relevance of your examples.
  • Remember the interviewer isn’t just looking to tick a box, you must articulate specifically how you personally showed the competency they are asking for and made a tangible difference to a situation.
  • When answering this type of question in an interview it’s important to show you have the ability to stay on topic and address the competency the interviewer has asked for.

Remember your examples don’t all have to be of when everything went right for you, this is the real world after all. Interviewers will appreciate some realistic real world examples that demonstrate evidence of you learning through the experience.

This is a really useful process to help you frame your abilities in your own mind as well as feel prepared for potential questions from the interviewer.

There are lots of resources online to support your preparation for a competency based interview, I highly recommend reading several of these.