Competency Based Interview
Learn the concepts of a competency based interview, a popular assessment tool in many application processes. Read example questions and acquire important interview skills with JobTestPrep's online interview training package.
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What are Competencies?Competencies are a wide range of behavioural, cognitive, and knowledge-based skills which characterize people in their working environment, and are compared with specific, employer dependent standards.
Most employers - especially those who operate in large scales, employing massive numbers of employees - are interested in evaluating applicants' competencies prior to their qualification, to make sure they will not only fulfill the specific skills required for the job, but also cope with the company's vision and with future promotions and position replacements.
Competencies are often divided into main categories:
- Behavioural competencies may include a person's values, moral, desires and motivation, or alternatively, could also span around social skills, such as communication, leadership, teamwork and coping with stress.
- Cognitive competencies are usually measured by measuring one's learning skills, aptitude and abilities.
- Technical competencies include field-related knowledge and performance, such as the ability to operate certain technologies or systems, apply computer skills etc.
Competency-based interviewsA normal interview is designed to give an impression of the candidate's behavior and of their attitude to work and to their former jobs. The normal interview allows the interviewer to determine whether or not the candidate forms a pleasant relationship and arouses esteem.
However, when employers conduct competency based interviews, they wish to test specific position-based skills, such as leadership qualities or team-work abilities. This requires the candidate to supply an experience-based example with which he can reason his ability to cope with similar tasks that require the discussed skills. That is, his past successful or unsuccessfull actions or achievements provide evidence of compatibility with the position's requisites.
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