. These days most companies use Competency Based Interviewing (CBI) which allows all interviewees to be measured against the same criteria and set of questions. Using CBI works for both the company and you – they can see how you match the competencies required for their role and you can assess whether the job matches your key skills and attributes. Expect to be asked a range of questions focussed on your past experience and the behaviours you demonstrated within certain situations. Examples of the type of question you will be asked are:
- ‘Tell me about a time when ......’
- ‘Describe an occasion when .....’
- ‘When has it been important to .......’
This interview format may be new to you and can seem quite formal as the interviewer will also be taking notes. Here are a few specific tips on making the most of CBI’s:
- Always brush up on key technologies/tools if there are any areas where your experience is not as in-depth.
- Be commercial, not just technical, for example, explain the objectives and more importantly the results of projects you have worked on.
- Remember that the interviewer is interested in finding out what you have achieved, so don’t be too modest and remember to talk about the part you played in any team achievements and your contribution to project deliverables.
- You will be asked for examples of when things didn’t go so well in your current or previous work. Justify honestly why something happened and focus on what you learnt from it.