Competency Based Interview Questions | Collins McNicholas

Typical Competency Based Questions

Teamwork

Give an example of a time when you have been asked to work in a group to complete a project. How did the group organise priorities and the delegation of tasks? What was the overall outcome of the project?

Analytical Thinking

Describe a situation when a project or piece of work was going to miss a set deadline, how did you prioritise which parts of the work to complete first and how did you go about completing the existing work?

Problem Solving & Decision Making

Describe a significant problem that you have encountered recently. How did you approach this problem? Who was involved and how did you go about resolving it?

Personal & Career Objectives

What are your short, medium and long term goals, how have you gone about identifying and developing these goals and how do you intend to achieve them?

Motivation

Can you tell me about a time when you have performed over and above the expectations of your role?

Communication

Give an example of a time when you have had to communicate with individuals and groups, both internally and externally. What methods of communication did you use and what problems did you face?

Influencing & Persuading Others

Give an example of a time when you were asked to do something that you disagreed with. How did you go about your task and what was the outcome?

Top 20 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions

  1. Why should we hire you?
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What is your biggest weakness?
  4. What qualities will be needed for this job?
  5. How would you describe your personality?
  6. How do you react to pressure and working to deadlines?
  7. Tell me about your previous job
  8. Why are you leaving your present job?
  9. What is your biggest achievement to date?
  10. Tell me about a difficult situation you faced. How did you overcome it?
  1. Describe a recent project that you were involved in, and its outcome.
  2. How might you contribute to our company?
  3. What important trends do you see in our industry?
  4. Have you any concerns about this role?
  5. Why do you want to work for us?
  6. What do you find most attractive about this position?
  7. What do you find least attractive about this position?
  8. What do you look for in a job?
  9. What qualities/skills do you have that would make you good at this job?
  10. What do you do to relax?

Answering the Difficult Questions

Tell me about yourself?

Try to be yourself. Prepare your response

Experience

Choose relevant examples.

Skills

Make sure they are relevant e.g. attention to detail or strong communication.

Education

This is important for less experienced candidates. Be prepared to demonstrate the relevancy of your educational background to the role.

Ambition

Be clear about your future career ambitions and aspirations.

What is your biggest weakness?

Don’t be afraid to mention your weaknesses. Discuss what you have done to overcome it. Turn your weakness into a strength. Weaknesses should be:

  • Real
  • Understandable
  • Relatively harmless
  • Work-related

Example: “Sometimes, I focus too much on the details of a project. So now, when I’m working on a project, I make sure at the end of the day to sit back and take a few minutes to think about the general scope of my work. This forces me to keep priorities straight and helps me keep the right mind-set.”