As scientific recruitment consultants we understand the importance of competencies and the part they play in job interviews. This is why we have put together some information on competencies, what they are, why they are asked and how to prepare for them.
Competencies are a mixture of knowledge, skills, motivation and personal characteristics. By indicating your competence, you will be demonstrating the skills and the background knowledge you have to perform certain tasks effectively. This will also show that you have the motivation or drive to make things happen. It is very common for interviewers to ask candidates about their competencies to see how they match up with the job requirement.
Our individual skills and behaviours are what make us unique, they also influence the way we react and respond in different situations. There is a definite connection between performance at work and skills, attributes and behaviours.
During competency-based interviews all candidates for the position are asked the same broad questions. These questions are designed to work out how well the candidate’s competencies match the job requirements. This enables the interviewer to draw from each candidate his or her ability to demonstrate successful performance in the job.
Competency based interviewing is based on gathering objective evidence. The questions ask for examples to prove you have handled a given situation in a positive way. The competencies tested tend to be standard, with higher or lower scores required for different roles.
Situation: Describe the situation you were in.
Task: Tell them what you decided to do.
Action: Describe what you actually did.
Result: Present the benefit of your actions.
If you aren’t sure, ask “Is that enough information for you?”. The interviewer may stop you when they have enough, this doesn’t necessarily mean you said the wrong thing, it could mean that you hit the nail on the head!
For more information regarding competency-based questions, please contact us. One of our experienced consultants would be happy to help you.