Competency Interviews

Competency interviews are based on the idea that past behaviour is the predictor of future behaviour. They can be particularly useful as they require candidates to provide specific examples of when and how they demonstrated particular behaviours and can be assessed against the skills/competencies and characteristics that relate to being successful in a role.

There are a wide variety of competencies that may be relevant to any given role including:

  • Individual Competencies – personal attributes: flexibility, decisiveness, tenacity, independence, risk taking, personal integrity

  • Managerial Competencies – taking charge of other people: leadership, empowerment, strategic planning, corporate sensitivity, management control

  • Analytical Competencies – the elements of decision making: innovation, analytical skills, numerical problem solving, detail consciousness

  • Interpersonal Competencies – dealing with other people: communication, impact persuasiveness, personal awareness, teamwork, openness

  • Motivational Competencies – the things that drive a person: resilience, energy, motivation, achievement orientation, initiative, quality focus.

We are experts at competency interviewing and can provide guidance on this as well as help determine what key competencies are relevant for any given role. We can utilise our wider market expertise to benchmark competencies against similar positions in other companies. This also means that you can use these competencies for all forms of assessment, including appraisals, training needs, analysis and of course selection.

Competency interviewing is a core part of our headhunting service but we can also offer this service on a stand alone basis to interview internal candidates from a more objective perspective if required.

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