Interviewers try to get information from interviewees during interviews, especially to find skills needed for the job position. There are several skills employers expect of a job applicant. These skills are used to ascertain if an applicant is a good fit for a job position.

These are called employability skills. keep reading to find out how these skills may be tested on during a job interview.

Note that, depending on the job you are applying for, these skills may be put into your resume or curriculum vitae. However, you will also be tested by the interviewer during a job interview on these skills, directly or indirectly to discover if the information on your resume is true. In other words, a job interview is a form of test.

Before I go on to discuss the employability skills, it will be important to note the types of interviews as this is how the interviewers get information from you and ascertain if you have these skills;.

1. Behavioural-Based Interviews

These interview questions draw upon your experiences and ask you to relate to what you have done in the past instead of what you will do in a similar situation. In this instance, you should be prepared to give descriptions of the actual situation, the actions you took and the outcome of the situation.

Questions here may begin with: Tell me about a time…? What has been….? Describe the last time…? and so on.

2. Situational-Based Interviews

These are interview questions that ask what you will do in a similar situation in future, more so if you get to be employed in the company. These questions require you to think on your feet. Questions here may begin with: Imagine you were…? What would you do if…? Describe how you would…? and so on.

3. Competency-Based Interviews

These interview questions tend to inquire about the knowledge, skills, and attitude of a job candidate to determine if the interviewee is fit for the job. They may also be called experience based interview questions. Questions here are designed to test one or more skills.

The questions are designed out of your educational qualifications or work experiences (where necessary) stated in your resume.The main focus here is to remember all that you were taught in school or learned overtime through experience and how you can answer practical questions posed to you, most especially because this type of interview is commonly used to test inexperienced graduate applicants in order to ascertain if they have requisite skills needed for a job.

There may not be any particular way interview questions may be designed in an experience-based interview. Note that questions on the required competencies may be asked through behavioral or situational questions.

Now that I have explained the types of interviews you may be faced with, I will now discuss on important skills that may be tested on and give examples of such questions in my next post.

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