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Step 2: Plan Your Competency Interviews

  • Figure out how much time you will devote to probing for competencies. Best practice is to probe for 2-3 competencies, allowing about 15 minutes per competency.

  • Prioritize the competencies. Looking at the five core competencies (listed on the Interview Form), pick the 2-3 competencies that seem most relevant to the position you are interviewing for, and rank them in terms of importance.

  • Review the competency "starting questions". The starting questions provided on the Interview Form are intended to guide the candidate to tell a story that is likely to provide evidence of a particular competency. Choose the question you like best, or feel is most appropriate. If you like, you can ask the interviewee to choose between two or more questions. (But be consistent across candidates with how you do this!) Feel free to adjust the question wording slightly to fit the position or candidate.
A sample "starting question": Tell me about a time when you needed to convince someone to do something.

In the stories that your candidates tell you will very likely hear information about competencies other than the one you are specifically asking about. That is normal, and a valuable source of information that you can record.


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Step 3: Prepare for Each Interview


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