Interview Coaching

How to demonstrate your competencies in an interview

Lesson 2

At H-Training, it is our job to help you identify specific examples of situations in which you performed according to what is required by your potential employer. 

We often have people comment during interview board training that the process of interviewing is unfair. Their argument generally seems to be that if someone is doing a job for a long period of time and has established a reputation, then an interview does not give them adequate time to demonstrate this. The sense is that because they now have to perform, having already put in the years of work it somehow cheapens their efforts.It would be wrong to deny this outright as there is some validity to these arguments. And furthermore, interviews are artificial and constructed environments. However, the criteria for the interview is very clear. The competencies essentially tell you what you need to do and how to prepare.

This is ultimately the game. We can spend all day debating it. But in order to succeed you must accept it, and work on your skills accordingly. At H-Training, we are here to help and bring out your edge in each of the respective competencies and furthermore align them to the central message about who you are and what you can bring to the role.

Remember in every interview the interviewer is looking, not only at your experience, but also your capacity under a particular competency. Not having experience in a particulate competency is no excuse for not having an answer prepared for such a question. We can do this by tailoring the experience you do have to the competency in question. Being prepared and having something to say highlights your potential!  

So let’s begin 

Remain positive and provide specific work-related examples. 

Try and have 1 example that demonstrates each of your strengths in a story format and - problem / solution style or frame what you say using the STAR or CAR techniques.

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