Competency Interview Questions | Part 4

The folllowing interview questions zoom in on Management level. During these interviews, management questions will be asked to assess your management skills including management style and management development skills. Knowing how to respond is vital in being able to maximise your interview responses.

As you prepare answers to the following examples of competency-based interview questions, think about these three general guidelines:

1. Show yourself as a professional by showing recruiter that you know what management expects. Be able to consistently demonstrate management requirements for behaviour and performance in the position being considered. The interviewer will want people who can do their job well – this will be reflected in everything you say and do.

2. Demonstrate to the recruiter that you can focus on the end goal (what management wants) and then work backwards to figure out how to achieve it in a given setting or condition. Give management the answers they’re looking for, not the ones you think they’ll like. Use management’s expectations as a reference for these sorts of inquiries since they know better than anyone else how management wants things done most successfully.

3. Remember, when it come to competency based interviews, there is no “right” or “wrong” answer , it all depends upon how you would actually handle a specific situation or problem that management has experienced in their business environment. You must demonstrate management’s requirements for behaviour using your own experience and reasoning skills as outlined by management.

Example questions that you may encounter are as follows:

Team Work / Motivation

  • Tell me about some of the toughest groups that you have had to get co-operation from. What did you do? Did you have any formal authority?
  • How often do you attend meetings with your peers? What role did you play in the last meeting?
  • What are some of the most difficult one-on-one meetings that you have had with other members of your company? Why were they difficult?
  • Tell me about a time when you got a group to do something.
  • We’ve all had to deal with difficult people. Give me some examples of when this has happened to you. Why was it difficult? How did you handle it?
  • Tell me about the best team you have worked in? Why does it stand out positively in your mind?
  • Tell me about a new policy or idea you recently implemented which was considerably different from the standard procedure. What approach did you take to get others to go along with the idea?
  • Give me a situation where you have had to influence a group of people to do something? What did you do to get what you wanted from the group? What were the satisfactions and disappointments?


  • What were the biggest problems you encountered in your job at ______? How did you handle them? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a situation in which you gave all, but failed.
  • Describe your involvement in a task or project that had to be done in a specific time frame and be of excellent standards. How did you go about it? What was the outcome?
  • Can you relate some experiences in which you felt you gained something because you persisted for a length of time?
  • What are some of the biggest obstacles you have had to overcome to get where you are today.
  • Can you relate some experiences in which you felt you persisted too long? How could the situation have been improved?

Competency Based Interviews