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Competency Based Interview Questions

If you have a competency interview coming up and want some help, you're in the right place. Firstly there's an introduction to competency based interviews and some advice on how to prepare for them. Then we have many example competency interview questions to share with you.

Right now we're looking at how interviewers might assess your ability to Develop Yourself and Others in the workplace.

If developing yourself and others isn't a requirement of the job you're applying for, simply return to the list of competences and find ones relevant to your job. There are many to choose from.

Development of Self and Others Competence

When interviewers ask competency based interview questions to assess your aptitude for developing yourself and others, they look for past evidence that you:

  • Continuously look for opportunities for self-development
  • Encourage a culture of personal and career development in others
  • Show passion and aptitude for developing others through training, coaching, knowledge sharing and performance management
  • Give and receive honest and open feedback in a timely manner

Example Competency Based Interview Questions
For Development of Self and Others

Here are some example competency based interview questions covering self and team development. In-between the main questions are examples of probing questions you might be asked if your interviewers want more information.
  • Talk me through your current development plan

- What have you achieved in the last 6 months?
- What progress have you made recently?
- What are you struggling with?
- What will you do to ensure you meet your objectives?

  • Walk me through one of your team member's development plans

- What have they achieved in the last 6 months?
- What are they struggling with?
- What exactly are you doing with them at the moment?

  • Describe your coaching style and give a recent example of how you used coaching to positive effect

- How did the coachee react?
- What was the outcome?

  • Tell me about the last time you were criticised for an aspect of your work

- What was the criticism?
- How was it delivered?
- How did you feel?
- What did you do?

  • Describe the last time you gave feedback to someone on their performance or attitude

- What was the feedback?
- How did you deliver it?
- How did the person respond?
- What happened next?

  • Share with me a time when you shared your knowledge with someone less experienced than you

- What did you have to do?
- How did you go about sharing your knowledge?
- What was the outcome?

  • Tell me how you encourage and support development in your team

- What do you do exactly?
- What has been the end result?

  • Describe how you measure your teams' performance

- How often do you do this?
- What's your approach?

  • Describe a time when you made personal development a priority in your business area

- Why was this?
- What were the benefits?
- How did it affect business results?

  • Tell me about a time when you realized someone in your team had potential for greater things

- How did you recognise this?
- What did you do to help them get there?
- Where are they now?

  • Describe a situation when you had an under-performing employee

- How did you know they were under-performing?
- What did you do to improve the performance?
- What was the outcome?

  • When did you last ask someone to comment on your performance?

- What did they say?
- What did you do afterwards?
- What's changed since?

  • Tell me about a time when you recognized and celebrated success

- What was the achievement?
- How did you recognise it?

Other Competency Based Interview Questions

If you'd like more competency based interview questions, we have questions on Energy and Drive, Customer Service, Compliance and Control and others. Just go back to the list of competences and find ones relevant to the job you're applying for. We have many.

You'll also find tips on how to best to prepare for competency based interviews.

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