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Employers are using new interview techniques, so don't get caught out

Job interviews are increasingly likely to involve competency-based questions. What does that mean and how can you prepare?

Preparation for any interview can be a daunting process, even more so when you are told the format will be ‘competency-based’. However, there are strategies which can help you prepare, feel confident and calm, and ultimately achieve a successful outcome.

Competency-based, or behavioural interviews, are increasingly being used by employers to assess if you have the necessary skills, behaviour and overall aptitude a role requires.

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Instead of simply enquiring about what qualifications or experience you have, questions will be designed to determine what qualities you have and how you will adapt to common, work situations.

You will be asked to give real-life examples which clearly demonstrate your input and the impact you made.

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