Most organisations, particularly multinationals, will use competency-based interviews as part of the recruitment process. This type of interview requires you to provide specific examples in answer to questions that are designed to assess how you react or behave in certain situations. Your answers should be given in the STAR format.
Sample Competency-based Questions
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?
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?
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?
Frequently Asked Interview Questions
Answering the Difficult Questions
Tell me about yourself?
Try to be yourself. Prepare your response
Choose relevant examples.
Make sure they are relevant e.g. attention to detail or strong communication.
This is important for less experienced candidates. Be prepared to demonstrate the relevancy of your educational background to the role.
Be clear about your future career ambitions and aspirations.
What is your biggest weakness?
Don’t be afraid to mention your weakness. Discuss what you have done to overcome it. Turn your weakness into a strength. Weaknesses should be:
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 mindset.”