Core Competency Questions by itouch resume services

Interview looming? The following are examples of core competency questions that may arise in interview. This guide has been put together by itouch resume services and is one of the most comprehensive guides yet.

Ability to Exercise Authority / Take Ownership

  • Have you ever had to go against general feelings or policies to accomplish a goal? Tell me about them.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an uncertain situation.
  • What are the occasions in which you feel that you must consult your manager before taking action?
  • What kind of decisions do you make in your present job? Give me some examples of major decisions.
  •  Describe some recent work related problems and the actions you took to solve them.
  •  What are the most difficult decisions you have made over the last 6 months? What made them difficult?
  •  How have you gone about making important decisions affecting your career?
  •  Describe some decisions you made without all the pertinent information. Why did you make these decisions? What was the outcome?
  •  Tell me about the riskiest decision you have made at _____. How long did it take you to gather the information to make the decision? How long after that to make the decision? What were the results?

Achievement Drive

  • All jobs have frustrations and problems. Describe some examples of specific job tasks or assignments that have been dissatisfying to you. Exactly why dissatisfying?
  • Can you give me some examples of experiences in your current job that are most satisfying to you? Why are they so satisfying?
  • What would be the best example of you giving a project or piece of work your absolutely best effort and being disappointed by the outcome? What would you do differently a second time?
  •  What steps have you taken in the last year to improve your own performance?
  • Give me an example of when you worked the hardest and felt the greatest sense of achievement.
  • Describe your involvement in a task or project that had to be done within an agreed time frame and be of an excellent work standard.
  • What are your standards of success on your job? What have you done to meet these standards?
  • Tell me about a time when you weren’t very pleased with your performance. What did you do about it?
  •  What do you consider to be the most important contributions your department has made to the organisation? What was your role?
  •  In your position, how do you define doing a good job?
  •  What motivates / demotivates you about your current job? How do you know when you succeed?
  •  How do you cope with unrealistic objectives? What are your feelings? What is your strategy?

Analytical Thinking

  • Describe the biggest problems you’ve faced in the last 6 months. How did you handle them?
  •  Describe any significant ideas that you have conceived in the past year. How did you know that they were needed and would work? Were they used? Did they work?
  •  Describe your most recent task / project. What was your involvement, how did you set about working on the project?
  •  Describe a specific task you found especially challenging. What was it about the task you found difficult? How did you overcome the difficulty? What was the result?

Conceptual Thinking

  •   Describe a situation that required careful thought on your behalf?
  •  Describe how you went about identifying user needs on a particular project.

Concern For Order

  • Tell me about a time when a client / customer was not getting the service they deserved from you or your organisation.
  •  Describe a specific task you found especially difficult to accomplish. How did you overcome the difficulty?
  •  Very few programs are absolutely perfect the first time they are written. Tell me about a time when you had to modify a system to enhance its efficiency. How did you become aware of the inefficiencies? How did you take steps to correct it? What problems did you encounter and how were they solved? What was the outcome?

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