Competency Based Interview Questions

Competency Based Interview Questions :

Tell Me About Yourself.

Tell me about yourself….Tell me about yourself…. is the most common interview question and the first question interviewer ask. Plan and practice your response so you can use this question to your advantage. Knowing how to respond will help you influence the interview’s direction in your favor.

Here is a three step response strategy.


Provide a brief overview of your most relevant experience. The interviewer is not interested in a history lesson. But they are interested in your most recent experience that is relevant. The overview of your experience should be presented in reverse chronological order.


Highlight a few of your experience, education and personal qualities like results- focused, persistence and detail-oriented. This is one of the only times during the interview when you can highlight some of your personal qualities. So take advantage of it.


Ask a question to uncover this interviewer’s hidden job requirements. This is called the Target Question and it is described in detail in Interview Mastery’s module titled Opening.

Keep your response brief between 60 and 90 seconds. Speaking longer will lose the interviewer’s attention. If at any point, you feel you have been speaking too long, stop and ask the interviewer a question. For example, you might ask…

Am I giving giving enough or too much detail at this point?

Asking a question will solicit a response interviewer, reengage their attention and help promote a two way conversation.

Below is a sample fill-in-the-blank template to help you prepare your response. Please note that this is just a guide to get you started. Also notice that I concluded the response with a question.

I am a _______________________ with expertise and skills in _________________ and ____________________________. My experience includes __________________ and _____________________. My industry experience encompasses the _________________ and ________________ industries. My background also includes roles as _____________________ and _________________. My education / certifications include ________________________ and ___________________. Colleagues describe me as ________________________ and _________________. Highlights of my professional accomplishments related to this opportunity are _______________________ when I was the ____________________ at ______________ and _________________ when I was the ________________ at _________________________________. .

What parts of my background would you like to discuss first?

In your opinion, what are the key skills required to be successful in this position?

We have discussed how to write a good cover letter and how to utilize modular construction so that you can produce dozens of individualized letters from one prototype text. In addition, we have given examples of letters you might write in a variety of circumstances.

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