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Whether this is your 1st or 100th competence interview, we want to help you do well.

To begin with, there's an introduction to competency based interviews, including tips on how to prepare. Then we give example interview questions covering 17 topics.

Here we look at how interviewers might assess your Integrity in the workplace.

What Do Employers Look For When Assessing Integrity?

When assessing your integrity, interviewers look for past evidence that you:

  • Operate effectively within social, organisational and ethical norms

Example Competency Interview Questions for Integrity

Here are some example interview questions covering Integrity. In-between the main questions are examples of probing questions you might be asked if your interviewers want more information.

  • Tell me about a time when someone asked you something you found uncomfortable
    - How did you handle the situation?
    - How did you feel?
  • Describe a time when you raised concerns about the direction an activity was taking
    - Why did you object?
    - What happened?
  • Have you ever had to lie to achieve a work objective?
    - How did you feel?
    - Would you do it again?
  • Describe a time when you put the needs of a customer or colleague before the needs of the business
    - Why was this necessary?
    - What was the result?
    - Would you do it again?
  • What's your view of 'office politics'?
    - What examples can you share?

Other Competency Based Interview Questions

For example competency based interview questions covering another 16 topics, just go back to the list of competences and find ones relevant to the job you're applying for. We have many including questions on Delegation, Influencing and Teamwork.

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