One Piece of Advice When Preparing for an Interview

Know your competency answers!

 

If I could give you one piece of advice when preparing for an interview it would be to know your competency answers!

 

Competency interviewing is a standard interview method nowadays. 

 

I really like the STAR technique. STAR stands for:

 

Situation – What was the situation you were in?

 

Task – What was the task given?

 

Action – What actions did you take?

 

Result – What was the result?

 

It’s really that simple.

 

The best way to go about it is to think about 3-5 different situations you’ve encountered or experiences you’ve had over your career.

 

Then, use the STAR technique to adapt those experiences into a story that you can relate back to the interviewer.

 

By doing this, you’ll get across your skills, qualities and your experience.

 

A big part of hiring people is risk. If you can demonstrate competency, through experience and action, in previous roles you’ve had, it reduces the perceived risk of hiring you.

 

This gives them confidence.

 

Being prepared with a bank of examples that you can talk through concisely and with authority, will give you the confidence to let you shine in the interview.

 

You can download a free template below to prepare and practice with.

 

I really hope this helps.  

 

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