Competency type questions follow a very structured format. You can often spot them because they will start with:
‘Can you describe a time when..’
‘Can you think of an example when…’
‘Tell us about an occasion when…’
You would then go on to describe a situation from your own experience which matches the question.
Note: It will depend what level of seniority you are applying for as to how complex the question will be.
What skill is being assessed
|Please describe a time where you have collaborated particularly effectively with others||Team work|
|Can you give an example of when you have resolved a complex problem?||Problem-solving|
|Please describe a time at work where you have had to meet high standards of quality and excellence||High standards/ Excellence|
|Please describe a situation when you have had to create a detailed or strategic plan||Planning|
|Tell us about a time where you have had to manage a significant change in your team or department||Flexibility/ Change management|
|Do you have an example of a time where you have shown a particularly ethical approach to a difficult situation?||Integrity/ Honesty|
|Have you taken steps to develop yourself in or outside of work?||Learning/ Self-development|
|Please give us an example of when you have shown strong leadership||Leadership|
|Tell us about how you have made efficiency savings in a previous role||Financial acumen|
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