I hate competency based interviews

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I can't get a job because my interview skills are so bad.
I tend to struggle with comming up with the correct answers in competency based interviews. Seriously, it's annoying that's the only reason why I'm hasitant to apply to jobs. I always get interviews but never seem to pass them All because of some idiot interviewer who's asking me ridiculous questions, I guess it will be a life of living on the dole for me at this rate
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L2Competency then.
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Maybe that just means you're applying for the wrong jobs? You can hardly blame the interviewer for your own incompetence.
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Maybe that just means you're applying for the wrong jobs? You can hardly blame the interviewer for your own incompetence.
I am more than qualified for the job I apply for.
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Practice is the key.

Build up a database of answers to different competency questions.

Then lean them, repeat them over and over until they come naturally to you, and you can just use them as bullet points in your mind.

I am absolutely horrible at interviews, but the more I practised what I might say, the more comfortable I felt in answering as I had the 'safety' of an answer tucked away in my mind.



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(Original post by Pipsico)
Practice is the key.

Build up a database of answers to different competency questions.

Then lean them, repeat them over and over until they come naturally to you, and you can just use them as bullet points in your mind.

I am absolutely horrible at interviews, but the more I practised what I might say, the more comfortable I felt in answering as I had the 'safety' of an answer tucked away in my mind.



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thanks, but what's really annoying is practicing some of the most common types of questions then being asked completely different type of questions in the interview that I was never prepared to answer.
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(Original post by MUN123)
thanks, but what's really annoying is practicing some of the most common types of questions then being asked completely different type of questions in the interview that I was never prepared to answer.
Honestly though what can they really ask you?!

Once you've had a few interviews, particularly competency ones, you'll build up a bank of good examples and will find you just get asked the same sorts of questions again and again...
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(Original post by MUN123)
thanks, but what's really annoying is practicing some of the most common types of questions then being asked completely different type of questions in the interview that I was never prepared to answer.
Well then the key is to practice not-so-common questions.

They love to throw stuff in - but you could try and twist the answer to fit one of your more generic 'normal' ones.


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L2Competency then.
:applause: You won the medal for the most helpful advice.
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L2Competency then.
May I ask what's L2Competency ?
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May I ask what's L2Competency ?
Learn to competency. Gain/re-call some skills you've learned in which you can talk about and use the STAR technique.

Situation
Task
Action
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I am more than qualified for the job I apply for.
You kinda need to explain how....

Where do you get stuck?
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thanks, but what's really annoying is practicing some of the most common types of questions then being asked completely different type of questions in the interview that I was never prepared to answer.
Think through your examples, not the potential questions then just apply an example to a question.
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Teamwork, leadership, a difficulty or conflict, proudest achievement, personal hobbies and interests. Prep the hell out of these and you'll be good to go with a large proportion of the questions that come your way. Practice answering questions on these topics in your mind, repeatedly, until you are comfortable with them.

For phone interviews, I learned this the hard way, learn your stuff, do not, I repeat do not, try and depend upon notes. Get this stuff in your head, if you don't get the job/internship/etc, you'll probably have an opportunity to use it in the near future.
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Think through your examples, not the potential questions then just apply an example to a question.
Thing is, I find myself using the same examples about my experience in uni, they would probably see I lack "outside real world experience" and think the only experiences I have is from my time in uni.
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Teamwork, leadership, a difficulty or conflict, proudest achievement, personal hobbies and interests. Prep the hell out of these and you'll be good to go with a large proportion of the questions that come your way. Practice answering questions on these topics in your mind, repeatedly, until you are comfortable with them.

For phone interviews, I learned this the hard way, learn your stuff, do not, I repeat do not, try and depend upon notes. Get this stuff in your head, if you don't get the job/internship/etc, you'll probably have an opportunity to use it in the near future.
I always use examples from my uni, if they ask about team work I use my group work experience. If they ask about conflicts etc I still use my uni experience with working in group work and this is the same with every question they ask. I just don't have experiences that is worthwhile to mention in Competency interviews other than my uni experience.
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Thing is, I find myself using the same examples about my experience in uni, they would probably see I lack "outside real world experience" and think the only experiences I have is from my time in uni.
So the problem isn't the format of competancy based interviews, its that you have are out of uni and never had any work experience?

Uni examples are fine, but they are usually weaker than work based ones (who does risk management, project planning and stakeholder communications at uni?)

But if you've organised an event and given a presentation to an audience you should be alright.
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I always use examples from my uni, if they ask about team work I use my group work experience. If they ask about conflicts etc I still use my uni experience with working in group work and this is the same with every question they ask. I just don't have experiences that is worthwhile to mention in Competency interviews other than my uni experience.
So the problem is that you actually have no evidence that you can perform any of their key competencies. Did you really do nothing at uni except study, sleep and socialise? I guess you're going to need to start volunteering now. Also you could try some kind of adult education course to learn a language or something, as if you're unemployed, most colleges can offer you very low fee levels.

I took some lessons in a non-European language and I don't think I've been to an interview where it hasn't come up. Chatting about that's a great way to get rid of plenty of the interview time! I think it's the sort of thing that makes you memorable in a good way.

There will also be local clubs for a lot of similar things to uni societies. If you have an interest, go along and get involved!

Basically, you should think about doing some of the things that a lot of people did while they were at uni so you actually have some sensible, recent examples of when you've done some worthwhile things.
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(Original post by MUN123)
I always use examples from my uni, if they ask about team work I use my group work experience. If they ask about conflicts etc I still use my uni experience with working in group work and this is the same with every question they ask. I just don't have experiences that is worthwhile to mention in Competency interviews other than my uni experience.
Ah, I understand.
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