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Competency Based Interviewer Preparation Workshop

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This one-day workshop has been designed to provide participants with a clear understanding of the theory underpinning current best practice in interviewing as well as providing them with an understanding of their resposibilities as interview board members.  The interviewing may be for external recuritment or increasingly, to assess current employees suitability for promotion, redeployment to another organisation or re-assignment to a new function.


On completion of this training, participants will have:

  • A clear understanding of the theory and practice of structured and competency based interviewing
  • Guidance on developing an effective questioning style to ensure fairness, and impartiality throughout the process
  • Practical experience of relevant interview techniques which make for effective evidence based interviewing
  • An awareness and understanding of Employment Equality Legislation to ensure they are aware of what questions can, and what questions cannot be asked and why
  • An awareness of how to mark/evaluate candidates fairly and objectively to ensure the Board select the most suitable applicant for the particular vacancy in terms of range and depth of experience and based on evidence


The topics that will be addressed during the workshop include:

  • Background and context of competency based interviewing
  • Designing the job specification (job description and person specification)
  • Development of competencies and behavioural indicators
  • What the role requires / examination of criteria and competencies
  • Effective questioning techniques
  • Pre Interview Board Preparation - the role of the Chair on a Board
  • Employment Equality Legislation - what questions we can/cannot ask
  • Candidate assessment, evaluation and feedback

Dates, Venue and Fees

Date: 31 March 2017 (One Day)

Venue: Institute of Public Administration

Fee: The fee for this one day workshop is €405 per person for Corporate Members of the IPA and €450 for others.  Fee includes a light lunch and refreshments.  


All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the course start date.

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Institute of Public Administration | 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135 | Email:

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57-61 Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 | Tel: +353 1 240 3600 | Fax: +353 1 668 9135 | Registration no: 21087