Careers and Employability Service

How to answer competency-based questions on application forms and at interview

 

Our Job Competencies Database (see below) allows you to find out core competencies needed for over 100 jobs. You can then investigate questions you might get on application forms and at interview to find out about your skills in these areas and also view a range of sample answers.

Job Competencies Database

The following program will allow you to find out some of the core competencies (skills) needed for a wide range of jobs. You can then investigate questions you might get on application forms and at interview to find out about your skills in these areas and also view a range of sample answers. You will need Adobe Flash to use it.

First choose the job type which interests you (from the drop down box at the top (e.g. finance and law), next choose the specific job from the box to the right (e.g. solicitor). Finally click on any of the BLUE UNDERLINEDcompetencies (e.g. PERSUADES) to give evidence you could use for this skill/competency and an example question and answer. You can sometimes get a second example by clicking on the BLUE UNDERLINED text again.

If PRINTING your results, use the PRINT BUTTON (top right) and change your printer settings from "portrait" to "landscape" to get a better printout.

 

 

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Last Updated: 12/09/2017