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Formulating the Right Questions for Competency Based Interviews

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Competency-based interviews give a good insight into how a candidate applies their skills to different situations. They are a systematic way of interviewing and are used to discover specific examples of

competencies from a candidate’s current and previous roles.

You need a clear idea of the competencies as well as technical skills required before conducting a competency based interview as scoring candidates by their answers can prove a deciding factor.

Using the STAR Interview Method

One particularly useful and popular approach to developing behavioural interview questions is the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Results) model. The STAR model helps candidates frame their responses to behavioural questions by encouraging them to respond with a story about a past behaviour.

An example framework for developing a structured, behavioural interview question using the STAR model is presented below. 

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