The saying ‘Fail to prepare’ is to Prepare to fail’ is never truer than when getting ready for a job interview.
It is now common practice for companies to use competency-based interviews as part of the selection stages of a recruitment process. Here the emphasis is on job related questions, which are compared with internal standards and criteria. A competency is a specific quality, knowledge, skill, or behaviour that a person should have to be successful in a position. Therefore, a competency-based interview works on the principle that past performance is the best predictor of future behaviour. All candidates are asked the same questions and notes are taken to evaluate candidates. The aims of a competency-based interview are:
Preparation is key to performing effectively at a competency-based interview. Here are a few guidelines to help you prepare.
Individual Competencies - your personal qualities; flexibility, decisiveness, tenacity, independence, risk-taking, personal integrity
Managerial Competencies - managing other people, leadership, empowerment, strategic planning, project management, management control.
Analytical Competencies - the elements of analysis and decision making; innovation, creativity, analytical skills, problem solving, numerical/mathematical problem solving, practical learning, attention to detail.
Interpersonal Competencies - interacting with other people; communication, persuasiveness, personal awareness, teamwork openness, impact.
Motivational Competencies - the enthusiasm that drives you; resilience, energy, motivation, achievement orientation, initiative, focus on quality.
Remember fail to prepare and you prepare to fail! Good Luck!