How to be a STAR in competency based interviews

How to be a STAR in competency based interviews

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Ana>>My name’s Ana McCabe I’m a human
resources business partner in Skills Development Scotland and I’m involved in interviews
from a support point of view. When recruiting for SDS or any public sector organisation
you look for the right candidate for the job and the right fit for the organisation, so
you want to find that individual who can transfer their knowledge, skills and experience in
their past experience into the role in SDS and to have the natural ability to connect
with the company as well. The final decision in making a choice of your candidates is very
pragmatic, it’s looking at the scores of a competency-based interview, what they’ve
scored in each competency, and you come up with a total at the end and the best total
has the job. At the same time you’re testing other competencies through the interview which
might not be scored for example rapport-building, communication skills, they come across through
the interview so they might be influencing the final scores as well, but you base it
on your scores. When preparing for an interview, I would encourage a candidate to think of
the competencies which are being tested. Make sure that they prepare a variety of examples
for each competency. These examples can be from their professional life as well as their
own personal life if they don’t have extensive professional life. Also make sure that the
examples are genuine, they come across as the individual, the candidate took a big part
in resolving that situation, and the most important part is that it comes across as
honest and as yourself. The most difficult part in an interview I find is when candidates
are asked about their own personal qualities. We don’t like to boast about our own personal
qualities but it’s important that you have a think about what makes you special or what
makes you different to the rest. It could be the smallest thing, like a personal quality
that is clear because your all friends always rely on you to organise or prepare events
because you’re good at planning, you’re good at organising, you’re good at prioritising,
you’re good at communicating, you’re reliable. So it’s good for you to think about these
things before you come to the interview because they are a bit more personal. At the interview
itself I would recommend candidates to always turn up in smart business wear. Always remain
professional. Always engage with the interview panel, make sure you make good eye contact,
make sure that you smile and are relaxed, make sure you get there in plenty of time
to be relaxed. Make sure that you are yourself. You’ve got to the interview which is the
hardest stage, because you’ve put on paper who you are, you just have to demonstrate
that in person now.

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