Handling competency-based interview questions

Here, we examine this approach to interviewing and hear some tips from an expert on how to tackle the questions you might be asked.

What are competency-based interviews?

We’re all more than aware of how stressful interviews can be, but try throwing a new and unfamiliar formula into the mix… Competency-based interviews are increasingly popular among recruiters but there really is nothing to fear if you know what to expect. We walk you through some of the common questions and give you hints and tips on how to deal with them…

What is a competency-based interview?

Put simply, it’s an interview in which you are asked questions that relate to past situations that you’ve found yourself in, primarily at work.

The purpose is to try to

Interview questions you shouldn’t be asked

Laws like the Equality Act 2010 intend to prevent companies from not employing people because of their race, religion or sex. They’re designed to stop discrimination and mean there are certain questions an employer is not allowed to ask you in a job interview.

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But what if they do ask one of those questions? How do you know if the question is ignorance of the law – or something more sinister? What’s the correct way to answer? What action can you take against a company?

14 tricky interview questions and how to answer them

“When did you last lose your temper?” Tricky interview questions like this one are often asked as a way of establishing whether a candidate is the right “fit” for a company or not. They’re about discovering behavioural traits and personality types – and they’re difficult to answer if you aren’t prepared! To get a better idea of what to say and what not to say, we interviewed top HR professional Sharon Clews…

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Tricky interview question 1: Tell me about a time when you’ve had to communicate an unpopular management decision to your team. How did you

Interview spotlight – Why do you want to work for us?

It may appear a simple enough question at first glance, but the interviewer is actually looking for a number of important points to be addressed – and they may not be immediately obvious…

If you spend some time considering your answer before you go to the interview, you won’t be caught out on the day and will be able to provide the interviewer with the information they are looking for. As the saying goes: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”