Competency Based Interviews - 6 Steps to Success!

Written by Martin Haworth

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  • Using your scenarios make just three key points about what you've been asked. Make them relevant andrepparttar right 'weight'. Not too long or too short.
  • After that, leave space for them to ask more - that's what they are listening for.
  • Say 'I' a lot - they want to know what your personal involvement and experience was, not 'the team' or 'they'.
  • Have fun - whilst not contrived, smile and make some simple jokes, if you feel comfortable with that - they want to employ happy as well as capable people.
  • Can't answer? That's fine. Make sure that you reflect on your shortcomings by saying things like, 'It's one ofrepparttar 135529 first things I want to develop in my next job - if you did your stuff on your scenarios and your competencies well enough, you will have covered 90% ofrepparttar 135530 bases well and you'll be forgiven for not being 'perfect'. If you are really stumped - say so!
  • Ask questions - relevant, about their culture, focus on developing you, opportunities -repparttar 135531 positive 'peopley' things (remember it's your chance to see if you want to work with them!).
  • Also ask about current issues they may be facing - you did do your homework on them, didn't you?
  • Strong Ending! Keeprepparttar 135532 whole thing light, even as you leave atrepparttar 135533 end. Have a conversation in general terms - about anything! Do make sure that you ask them some things that are about them - they will love it if you ask them some open (what, how, when, where, who) general questions about your new job! About something nice inrepparttar 135534 building or their clothes - take as it comes and do what feels comfortable! Remember that competencies are there to help you and they provide a guide-map for your competency based interview success!

    © 2005 Martin Haworth is a Business and Management Coach. He works worldwide, mainly by phone, with small business owners, managers and corporate leaders. He has hundreds of hints, tips and ideas at his website, (Note to editors. Feel free to use this article, wherever you think it might be of value - with a live link if you can).

  • Five Secrets to Becoming the Perfect Employee That Everyone Wants - Part One

    Written by Ed Sykes

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    Also take responsibility for your knowledge. Time and time again I hearrepparttar following: “Well, my company won’t pay forrepparttar 135435 class, so I’m not going to takerepparttar 135436 class.”

    I say to that, “Findrepparttar 135437 way to gainrepparttar 135438 knowledge!” There are too many educational options not to haverepparttar 135439 knowledge. Whether you pay for it yourself, receive online training, volunteer, etc., there are ways to receive knowledge.

    Remember, once you receive knowledge it is your knowledge to take anywhere you go in life.

    3. Communication. Communicate, communicate, and communicate. Talking is one half ofrepparttar 135440 communication process. Listening isrepparttar 135441 other and sometimesrepparttar 135442 most important part ofrepparttar 135443 communication process. Listening means being open-mined to new ideas.

    Communication also means learning how to give and receive feedback. Giving feedback means giving feedback that is honest and fair and leavesrepparttar 135444 person wanting to do better. Receiving feedback means information given to you, and it may include questions for clarity and understanding about what needs to be done.

    Communication is also good follow-up with employees and management. Do you inform your managers or co-workers aboutrepparttar 135445 process or changes inrepparttar 135446 project on which you are working?

    4. Appreciation. Appreciate to motivate others. Be accountable for your words. Once you say something, it’s hard to take it back.

    Show and give praise to others inrepparttar 135447 workplace. Work at finding them doing something good and praise them (Read my article Appreciate to Motivate.). The more you do this,repparttar 135448 more you will tear down barriers and motivate others inrepparttar 135449 workplace.

    5. Solutions. Be a solution creator, not a problem dictator. Anyone can find problems; butrepparttar 135450 employee who can find a problem or challenge and create a solution is an employee that can write his/her own ticket for success. Take it upon yourself to be a part ofrepparttar 135451 solution and not a part ofrepparttar 135452 problem.

    Ask yourself these questions: * What isrepparttar 135453 positive that can come out of this challenge? * What will I learn from this challenge? * What are some solutions I can present? * How will I present my solutions so thatrepparttar 135454 organization seesrepparttar 135455 immediate benefits?

    Apply these techniques and you, too, will becomerepparttar 135456 perfect employee.

    Ed Sykes is a professional speaker, author, and leading expert in the areas of leadership, motivation, stress management, customer service, and team building. You can e-mail him at, or call him at (757) 427-7032. Go to his web site,, and signup for the newsletter, OnPoint, and receive the free ebook, "Empowerment and Stress Secrets for the Busy Professional."

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