Competency interviews are the most common type of interview used by graduate recruiters. On this page we explain what competency questions are and how you can tackle them.
The interviewer will ask you a series of questions based on the skills and qualities required for the job. You will be expected to give examples of when you have already demonstrated these competencies.
Your attitudes, beliefs and behaviour will then be compared against criteria which are considered essential or desirable for the job.
The interview is structured to ensure that every candidate is asked exactly the same questions.
Situation: provide a context by describing the situation
Task: what was the objective/goal
Action: describe what you did, your role and input
Result: what the outcome was, skills developed as a result
This article was published on Aug 13, 2010