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Competency Interview Questions

When we introduced competency interviews we gave you tips on how to prepare for them and promised you some example interview questions.

Here we look at how interviewers might assess your Delegation Skills.

If the job you're applying for doesn't require delegation skills, simply return to the list of competences and find ones relevant to your job application. We have many.

What Do Employers Look For?

When attempting to assess your delegation skills, interviewers look for past evidence that you:

  • Make full and best use of subordinates, providing appropriate support where required

Example Competency Interview Questions for Delegation

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

  • Tell me about the last time you delegated something
    - What did you delegate?
    - Why?
    - To whom?
    - What support did you give?
    - How did you monitor progress?
    - What was the outcome?
  • Describe a time when delegating failed for you
    - Why did it fail?
    - What did you learn?
  • Explain the situations in which you would delegate activity
    - What are the drawbacks to this approach?
  • Describe a time when you delegated a task to the wrong person
    - When did you realise your mistake?
    - What were your next steps?
    - What did you learn from this experience?
  • Tell us how you cope with being away from the workplace for long periods of time, such as holidays
    - How do you feel?
    - What's the first thing you do when you get back?

Other Competency Interview Questions

We have other example competency questions covering such things as Influencing, Teamwork, Integrity and so on. Simply return to the list of competences and find relevant ones for the job you're applying for. We have a lot to choose from.

There are also tips on how to answer competency interview questions which you may find useful.

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