Skip to content

Interviews | Competency Based (Part 2)

competency based interviews


Competency Based Interviews are a popular style of interview in the public sector and HSE, and used by many US multinationals.

Common competencies titles include problem solving skills, team skills, leadership skills, communications skills, analysis and decision-making skills, negotiation skills, influencing skills, and planning and organisational skills.

Competency Based Interview questions seek past examples that demonstrate a certain set of behaviours. To achieve optimum outcome at a competency based interview you should use the STAR technique – Situation, Task, Actions and Results.


Below I will discuss two competencies – team skills and influencing skills.

Team Skills – Demonstrates an interest in and understanding of others; Adapts to the team and builds team spirit; Recognises and rewards the contribution of others; Listens, consults others and communicates proactively; Supports and cares for others; Develops and openly communicates self-insight

An example of a competency based interview question would be …….. Tell me about a time when you had to adapt your own style to work effectively with others in a team? How did you approach this? What was the outcome? What did you do to build team spirit?

Influencing Skills – Makes a strong personal impression on others; Gains clear agreement and commitment from others by persuading, convincing and negotiating; Promotes ideas on behalf of self or others; Makes effective use of political processes to influence and persuade others

An example of competency based interview question would be …… Describe a situation where you had difficulty persuading someone around to your point of view? How did you try to persuade him/her? How successful were you? What would you do differently next time?

Paul Mullan a leading interview coach. He has helped many job seekers successfully navigate competency based interviews. Contact Us for more information about competency based interview coaching.


Need Interview Coaching? INTERVIEWSOLUTIONS

1 thought on “Interviews | Competency Based (Part 2)”

  1. Hi there,
    I applied for a part time job as a clinical dietitian last week and have been offered an interview for Thursday 4th Feb. Its been 15 years since my last interview and I’ve been a stay at home Mum for the past 5 years and could do with help on brushing up my interview skills especially on core competencies! Would you have appointments available for early next week?
    Thanks and best wishes,

Comments are closed.