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  • CBI questions - people & organisational competencies

  • Competency: Delegation

    • When you last went on holiday, what did you do before you went away to organise your work?
    • Give an example of how you decided what to delegate and to whom.
    • Give an example in your own experience where you have been faced with delegating authority. How did it work?

    Competency: Leadership

    • Provide an example of a time you implemented a plan with your team.
    • Describe a time when you promoted a clear sense of purpose amongst your team.
    • Tell me about a time you motivated others to reach team goals.
    • Have you ever had a problem in getting your subordinates to accept your ideas or departmental goals? What approach did you use? How effective was it?
    • Provide an example of a time when you successfully led a team to overcome a problem.
    • Describe a situation where you inspired a positive attitude amongst others within your team.

    Competency: Management control

    • What methods do you usually use to keep informed of what is going on in your area of responsibility? What reports do you use? What controls do you have?
    • What do you do when you find that your techniques for regulating activities are loosely adhered to by your subordinates?
    • Have you experienced a situation that seemed to be slipping out of control? (If so) what have you done to correct it?

    Competency: Strategic focus

    • Describe a situation where you approached a task from a broad perspective.
    • Tell me about a task or project that required long term planning to meet your objectives.
    • Describe an occasion when you had to analyse data to interpret market conditions or trends.
    • Provide an example of a time you had to make a strategic decision on the basis of ambiguous information.

    Competency: Development and coaching

    • Give me an example of a time when you made a significant investment into your own professional development?
    • Provide an example when you considered the development priorities of someone in your team.
    • If you are promoted tomorrow, do you have a replacement? What did you do to develop him or her?
    • Tell me about a time you helped plan the professional development of someone in your team.
    • Tell me about some of the people who have become successful as a result of your management.

    Competency: Organisation and planning

    • Describe the last important deadline you had to meet.
    • Describe an occasion when you had to organise work in an unstructured setting? What were your priorities? How did you establish that.
    • Describe an occasion where you had multiple competing deadlines.
    • Tell me about a complex project you worked on that required significant planning.
    • Tell me about a (strategic) planning activity in which you were involved that went well. What was your own direct involvement?
    • Provide an example when the accuracy of your planning was very important.
    • Provide an example of a time when you managed a project under significant constraints or setbacks.

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