Competencies for interviews and hiring
Last updated: November 20, 2021
A common term used in the hiring process with the BC Public Service is 'behavioural competencies,' which are required to perform a job well.
Competency-based interview questions
The BC Public Service is looking not just to fill positions based on knowledge, skills and abilities, but also for the right people to fit the role.
This is why we use competency-based questions, otherwise known as behavioural interview questions, as part of the interview process.
This is your opportunity to share your experiences and let us really get to know you.
Learn more about how we use competency-based interview questions in our interviews:
- Preparing for the Interview
- What to Expect at the Interview
- Sharing Your Experiences
- Closing the Interview
Interview video transcripts
- Preparing for the Interview (PDF, 35KB)
- What to Expect at the Interview (PDF, 34KB)
- Sharing Your Experiences (PDF, 58KB)
- Closing the Interview (PDF, 33KB)
Competencies for hiring
To help select the right people for the right jobs, the BC Public Service assesses key behavioural competencies as well as knowledge, skills and abilities.
Using a competency-based approach to hiring shifts focus from the experience, education and training that an applicant may have to the demonstration of competencies applied on the job.
A competency-based interview is your opportunity to share specific examples of past behaviours that relate to the requirements of the job.
Using competencies in hiring helps:
- Establish the essential qualifications for a job
- Hiring managers predict who will be a high performer in a job
- Provide a way to observe and measure behaviours essential to performing a job or role
- Hiring managers select the right candidate for the job