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Behavioural Based Interviews Behavioural interviews are based on the idea that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour. Interviewers want specific examples of when and how the candidate demonstrated particular behaviours. Prior to interviewing, each position is assessed for the skills/competencies and characteristics that relate to job success. Interview questions are then developed to probe into these areas. All candidates are asked the same question sand notes are taken in order to evaluate candidates. The word competency is widely used in business and personnel psychology and refers to the behaviours that are necessary to achieve the objectives of an organization. A competency is also something you can measure and lists of competencies form a common language for describing how people perform in different situations. Every job can be described in terms of key competencies. This means that they can be used for all forms of assessment, including appraisals, training needs analysis and of course, recruitment and selection. • Individual competencies – your personal attributes: Flexibility, decisiveness, tenacity, independence, risk taking, personal integrity • Managerial competencies – taking charge of other people: Leadership, empowerment, strategic planning, corporate sensitivity, project management, management control • Analytical competencies – the elements of decision making: Innovation, analytical skills, numerical problem solving, problem solving, practical learning, detail consciousness • Interpersonal competencies – dealing with other people: Communication, impact, persuasiveness, personal awareness, teamwork, openness • Motivational competencies – the things that drive you: Resilience, energy, motivation, achievement orientation, initiative, quality To prepare for this type of interview,

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