Competency Based Interview Questions

Interviewers use a competency-based interview to evaluate candidates success in a specific core field or ability that is related to the job description. Candidates are required to provide concrete examples of instances where they exhibited desired interpersonal competencies such as adaptability, innovation, or oral/written communication skills in competency-based interview questions.

Competency-based Interview Questions:

  • Tell us about the most significant transition you had to deal with at your former job. How did you deal with it?
  • Tell us about a time when you came up with an innovative solution to a challenge.
  • How did you come up with the new strategy? What obstacles did you have to overcome, and how did you overcome them?
  • Tell us about a decision you made that you knew would make some people angry. How did you go about making your decision? How did you deal with the negative responses of others?
  • Describe a time when you had to enhance the performance of a team. What hurdles did you face and how did you overcome them?
  • Explain a moment when you got negative reviews from a supervisor, a coworker, or a client. How did you deal with the criticism? What was the end result?
  • Describe a time when you were part of a team. What constructive contributions did you make to the team?
  • Describe a time when you had to describe a complicated concept to a coworker. What issues did you encounter and how did you resolve them?
  • Describe a time when you had to change your strategy in the middle of a project. What prompted you to alter your strategy? How did you go about smoothly implementing this change?
  • Describe a scenario in which you were asked to do something you’d never done before.

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