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Competency Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your next job interview, here are 25 interview questions and answer examples focused on how competent you are in your profession.

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Tell me the ways in which you brought value to your most recent position.

How to Answer

This question offers another way for the interviewer to ask about your recent successes and bragging points. The interviewer wants to know which top skills you will highlight if you had to narrow down where you brought the most value.

Perhaps you influenced changes that saved the company money. Maybe you were the top grossing sales person on the floor. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support of your coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

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Advice and Examples: Tell me the ways in which you brought value to your most recent position.

  • 1. Tell me the ways in which you brought value to your most recent position.

      How to Answer

      This question offers another way for the interviewer to ask about your recent successes and bragging points. The interviewer wants to know which top skills you will highlight if you had to narrow down where you brought the most value.

      Perhaps you influenced changes that saved the company money. Maybe you were the top grossing sales person on the floor. Think of your strengths in action! If you are reliable, talk about how consistent your work has been and how you are in constant support of your coworkers. If you have a strong work ethic, share how you accomplished a project in the midst of harsh obstacles.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "There were several ways I was able to bring value to my most recent company. First, I successfully surpassed each sales goal in my department. Second, I was able to motivate other members of my team and share my sales techniques with them. Third, I introduced two new procedures to the sales manager that helped us eliminate employee idleness between sales calls."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Admin

      "My organizational skills made an incredible impact on my current company. Upon my arrival, I quickly implemented new filing systems for both physical and digital files. I also introduced the use of Trello, a project management app that we use office-wide."

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      Manager

      "In my last position, I brought value through delivering an increased customer base. My ability to build strong relationships helped me secure and maintain all new business."

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      Marketing

      "Most recently, I developed a marketing campaign across platforms to launch our newest collaboration. Not only did the option sell out in record time, but it also got featured on some different "best holiday gift" lists, which helped also get our name out there. I have helped increase exposure by over 124%, and engagement in our fashion challenges has followed suit. To sum it up, I bring both financial value as well as vision and experience in long-term planning of strategies and promotions that will increase engagement and ultimately revenue."

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      Retail

      "I cared deeply about delivering value to the businesses I supported in my last position. I worked hard to understand the business so I could position my talents to serve the group best. By learning more, I was able to be a better partner to deliver successful practices across the group."

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      Sales

      "I believe I bring value in many ways to my current organization. As a sales rep, obviously, I bring financial value. I've been among the top three sales reps since starting in the role. Also, my pod transacts the most frequently and has the lowest claim rate, meaning we are making good deals and not costing ourselves money on the backend just to get the front end "yes." I also helped create a community within the organization that spearheads tackling projects that impact the culture and productivity of the company."

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      Teacher

      "I pride myself on having been a key part of saving the department when the board put it on the chopping block. Due to the community I'd created in my tenure as a Spanish teacher, I had dozens of students and their parent's rally on my behalf, and behalf of the department as a whole, to speak out against cutting the elementary Spanish department. I believe this indicates how impactful I've been as a teacher and all I've contributed to my students' education, as well as to the department and district as a whole by helping save the program."

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      Community Answer

      "I used to take on responsibility voluntary, and later I was being offered a position of the lead technician and which inspires other co-workers to take a responsibly optional."

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      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Influencing others is a great way to bring value to your role. Great example!

      "I brought value to my position by inspiring my coworkers to take responsibility and volunteer their time. By doing so myself, I earned a promotion to lead technician, which is a good example to others."

      Community Answer

      "I think I have found a really good balance within my team, and this allows me to be a solid and reliable piece of my team. Considering how challenging is the organization of a conference and how good teamwork is essential for its smooth proceeding, I think this is a great value. Moreover, I am very proud of my section, and I work for anybody our organization knows how our section works and trust that we are there to help. Right yesterday, I went to the cafeteria for a quick coffee with my colleague, and a person for another team spotted me and said: "Hello, are you the conference girl? I am organizing something, and I would really need your advice...."

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      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      It's nice to be recognized for your work, isn't it! Try organizing your answer a bit more, to help with clarity. I have offered an example, below.

      "I have found a good balance with my team, allowing me to be a solid and reliable addition. The conference organization industry is challenging, and good teamwork is essential for smooth execution. I am very proud of my work and that I am trusted when people need help. Yesterday, at the work cafeteria, someone from another team spotted me and said, 'Hello, are you the conference girl? I am organizing something and need your advice.' These are some of the big and small ways that I bring value to my company."

      Community Answer

      "In my current position, I brought value through the timely completion of our deliverables. It not only made our audit reports relevant and timely, but it also kept our billing updated."

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      Rachelle Enns

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      It's great that you also state the impact of your timely completion of deliverables. Nice, concise response.