Most of big companies that might one of your dreaming company to work for, implementing a competency interview base which focus to dig competency through their past behavior. There is a statement say “Past Behavior predict Future Behavior”.

Let’s continue to learn some other reference questions that will be asked by interviewer.

Decision-Making Skills

Makes decisions while exhibiting judgment and a realistic understanding of issues; ability to use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics.

The Interviewer questions can be :

  • Describe, in detail, a situation in which you used your training and experience in making a decision that required sound judgment.
  • What is the most difficult business decision you have had to make? Tell me about a time when you involved others in the decision-making process
  • In you prior job, what decision did you ponder the longest before making? Why was it difficult?


Recognizes and responds to unanticipated events and requirements. Willing to do what is necessary to get the desired results.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • Describe a time in your current job when you boss assigned you a rush project even though you had other important priorities at the time. How did you feel and what was your response?
  • Tell me about a time when you were able to adapt to a difficult-to-deal-with employee.
  • Explain a situation where you adapted your behavior and communication style to gain cooperation on a team project.


Actively seeks opportunities to make a contribution rather than passively accepting situations. Takes action to achieve goals beyond what is necessarily called for; originates action.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • Give me an example of how you made a change in a work-related procedure or process, why you made the change & the results.
  • What do you do differently than other employees in your current job?
  • What have you done to add value in your department?

Interpersonal Skills

Establishes productive, cooperative relationships with subordinates, peers and management. Understands and responds to others’ needs and priorities. Resolves conflict in positive ways.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • Give me an example of a time when you encountered conflict with another department. Tell me how you resolved it.
  • Tell me about a situation where you had to demonstrate empathy or sympathy to someone.
  • Explain a time when you were sensitive to the diversity of a team or group you were working with and how you affected the productivity of that group.

Job Motivation

Maintains a high level of interest and enthusiasm for job responsibilities. Has demonstrated record of being a self-starter and self-motivated.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • All jobs have their frustrations & problems. Describe an example of specific job conditions, tasks or assignments that have been dissatisfying to you. What did you do?
  • What makes a job interesting to you?
  • What “turns off” your motivation in a job?
  • What gave you the greatest feeling of achievement in your job at ___________?


Weighs alternative courses of action and makes decisions that reflect factual information and are based on rational and logical assumptions that take organizational resources into consideration.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • Describe a decision you recently made and identify the process that led you to that decision. What were some of the sources you used to reach that decision? What were some of the issues you took into consideration?
  • Give me an example of a good decision you made in the last six months. What were the alternatives? Why was it a good decision?
  • What was the toughest decision you had to make in your current job? Tell me about it
  • Give me an example of a time when you had to ask your manager for assistance on a project or situation.


Utilizes appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to gain agreement or acceptance of an idea, plan, activity or product.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • When convincing others of your ideas, what skills or personal abilities do you use?
  • Tell me about one of your toughest “sales” experiences and the steps you took to gain acceptance.
  • Give me an example of a situation when you were unsuccessful in selling your idea to the “customer” and changed your approach to gain support.

Planning and Organizing Skills

Establishes a course of action for self or others to accomplish a specific goal.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • How do you ensure you meet your objectives?
  • How do you prioritize your daily, weekly, etc. responsibilities?
  • Give me an example of when you had conflicting priorities and how you completed them on time.
  • Tell me about a time when you used your organizing and scheduling skills to create a productive work environment
  • What kinds of project planning and administration to you enjoy in your current job?

Problem Solving Skills

Identifies and defines problems through the gathering of relevant information leading to the development of alternative solutions.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • Do you use any particular problem-solving techniques? Please explain.
  • Describe a problem you solved where you used your investigative skills to get to the heart of the problem.
  • Give me an example of a problem you dealt with that frustrated you. Explain why, and what you did about it.
  • How much autonomy do you have in the problem-solving process? When does your manager get involved?
  • Describe a problem you identified and explain how you obtained agreement & support from key individuals as you developed solutions.

Time Management

Manages a variety of responsibilities in a timely, efficient manner.

The Interviewer questions can be :
  • Describe how you manage to maintain balance between accomplishing projects and attending meetings
  • How do you handle interruptions to ensure that you complete your projects on time?
  • In your present position what limits your ability to manage your time? How do you work with these limitations?


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