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Using competencies in the hiring process provides a structured way to help an employer identify and assess candidates who best align with the job and the organization’s needs. The interviewer seeks job-related information by assessing a person’s competencies.

The use of questions focused on behaviour has been shown to be one of the most effective structured interviewing strategies. These types of questions are based on the premise that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. Guidance to interviewing using the Behavioural Competencies is found in the resources below.

Technical Competencies are more easily assessed through knowledge tests and can be used to screen applicants, as these competencies often relate to education and training. Since the technical competencies needed for each job are unique to the role and setting, an employer can use the education requirements or develop specific questions to assess technical knowledge.

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Guide to Behavioural Competency-based Interviewing

Describes a structured process to conducting interviews based on Behavioural Competencies.

Generic Interview Questions for the Behavioural Competencies

Sample interview questions for each proficiency level of each Behavioural Competency. Use these questions as a foundation for developing job-specific interview questions relevant to the proficiency levels for the position.

Generic Interview Questions for the Technical Competencies (coming soon)

Sample interview questions for each proficiency level of each Technical Competency. Use these questions as a foundation for developing job-specific interview questions relevant to the proficiency levels for the position.

Interview Tools for Job Clusters for Behavioural Competencies

Sample interview questions focusing on behaviour for the generic competency profile of each job cluster. Before using it, review the suggested competency profile to determine if it is relevant. Use the Adapting the Proficiency Profiles tool if changes are needed.

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Resources

Guide to Behavioural Competency-based Interviewing

Describes a structured process to conducting interviews based on Behavioural Competencies.

Generic Interview Questions for the Behavioural Competencies

Sample interview questions for each proficiency level of each Behavioural Competency. Use these questions as a foundation for developing job-specific interview questions relevant to the proficiency levels for the position.

Generic Interview Questions for the Technical Competencies (coming soon)

Sample interview questions for each proficiency level of each Technical Competency. Use these questions as a foundation for developing job-specific interview questions relevant to the proficiency levels for the position.

Interview Tools for Job Clusters for Behavioural Competencies

Sample interview questions focusing on behaviour for the generic competency profile of each job cluster. Before using it, review the suggested competency profile to determine if it is relevant. Use the Adapting the Proficiency Profiles tool if changes are needed.

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