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Have you scored a job interview and have been advised it’s going to be competency based? A competency-based interview is used by employers to evaluate how a candidate behaves in certain situations, rather than testing their technical or practical ability. Interviewees are asked to structure their answers using situational examples. This might sound difficult, however there is a great method that can be used to help you structure your answer to a competency-based question; the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, and Results) Technique. Using the STAR Technique will help you plan focussed and structured answers which will help demonstrate the competencies you need to achieve success in your interview. Note that good answers should take no more than 2-3 minutes.
Here is how to use the STAR Technique to structure your answers:
Situation – describe a situation or problem that you have encountered
Task – describe a task that the situation required or ideas for resolving the problem
Action – describe the action you took, obstacles that you had to overcome
Results – highlight the outcomes achieved
Now you have thought of your answers, it may help to write them down and put them on a crib sheet using the STAR Technique, bullet pointing a few lines or key words for each letter. Once you have done this, start reading your answers out loud. The more you say them the more likely you are to remember them.
See if you can ask a friend or family member to do a mock interview with you. If this isn’t possible, just practice the answers out loud in front of a mirror. A lot of people put time and effort into interview preparation, but when they get into an interview, they start answering questions and become flustered because they are not used to hearing themselves saying the answers. Time yourself, record yourself use voice notes and play yourself back. Only you can be your best critic.
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