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A competency is a quality used to measure how well you can do something. An example is 'taking ownership' or ‘innovative and open minded'.
We use competency based interviews as they’re a good way to make sure you can show you have the skills needed to perform the job well.
Every job we advertise comes with a list of competencies, and those that are really important for the role are highlighted on the job description.
Each competency is described in detail so you understand exactly what it means.
You should think of examples from your own background – whether from a previous job, a voluntary role or school – that show you can demonstrate each competency.
The National Careers Service can help you make career decisions throughout your life. From deciding your education route, planning a career change at any age or getting the job that is right for you. The following resources may be useful to you: