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Competency vs behavioural interviews. Know the differences, And what to expect!

The CMSE Recruitment team are always looking for ways to assist our job candidates to prepare for interviews.

We’ve found over the years that clients can differ greatly in their approaches when it comes to interviewing process.  Two of the most consistently popular interview types that we find are, competency and behavioural. These can both help the Interviewer gain an understanding of each candidate when it comes to experience and approach to work. They also provide the interviewer with a fair way to compare the behaviours and skills of multiple candidates.

What’s the difference between behaviour and competency Interviews?

While both question types usually begin with “Can you tell me about a time when X…” or “Can you give me an example of an time when Y…” , each question type aims to uncover fundamentally different information.

Behavioural Interviews aim to understand the way a candidate works, and their potential fit within the team, based on an organisation’s values and way of operating.

Behavioural questions have no right or wrong answers. The interviewer is looking for examples from your experience which will demonstrate your working style and personal attributes.

Examples of common behavioural interview questions;

  1. Can you tell us about a time when you went above and beyond for a client/customer
  2. Can you give us an example of an occasion where attention to detail was vital and how you completed the task accurately?
  3. Can you give us an example of a time when you’ve been part of a group working toward a specific goal. What was your role in the group?

Alternatively, Competency Interviews aim to assess whether the candidate possesses the relevant skills and knowledge based on the specific job description of a role.

This interview type allows the interviewer to assess your skills, expertise and abilities and determine if you’re at the level of proficiency needed to be successful in the role.

Examples of common competency interview questions ;

  1. Can you tell us about a time when you used your creativity to solve a problem?
  2. Can you describe to us a time when you’ve led a team through a period of change?
  3. Can you describe a time when you were required to use available data / analytics to make an informed decision?

CMSE Recruitment specialises in the recruitment and placement of safety personnel across Environmental, Pharma, Medical Device, Fire Safety, Construction, Process Engineering and more. 

If you’re interested in having a confidential chat about your career progression in EHS, contract or permanent roles please contact the CMSE Recruitment team at 0818 315 415 or [email protected] 

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May 8th to 14th is Food Allergy Awareness week.  A food allergy occurs when ones immune system responds to a food that the body has incorrectly recognises as being harmful. As part of the bodies response, antibodies are produced and a complex chain of events begin to occur, leading to the release of substances such as histamine.

The FSAI (Food Safety Authority of Ireland) note that there are 14 allergens that must be declared by law, including; Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk and more.

According to a 2014 report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), approximately 3% of adults and children are estimated to suffer with food allergies and intolerances.

Incidences of food allergies and intolerances in industrialised nations are generally accepted to be on the rise.


This, Food Allergy Awareness week. CMSE Training are offering a 25% discount for the first 100 people who sign up for our 100 minute, CPD, Gatehouse Awards, Institute of Hospitality & IIRSM Approved Allergen Awareness Online training course using Discount Code: FAAW2022 . Offer Expires May 15th 2022.

This Allergen Awareness Online training course will cover;

  • General allergies,
  • Food allergies
  • Food intolerances
  • The differences between allergies & Intolerance
  • The 14 allergens controlled by legislation along with food additives and how they can trigger allergic reactions.
  • It takes a detailed look at the symptoms of food allergies and takes in the wider picture discussing the current theories of why rates are increasing.
  • It then finishes off by covering practical steps that can be taken to reduce the risk from allergens and also what steps can be taken both internally and externally to monitor the control measures

Register Here using discount code: FAAW2022



CMSE Recruitment – Top Tips for Contractors!

  1. Explain your employment history

    If you’re currently in a contract, ensure that you update your LinkedIn profile with this new experience.

    Consecutive short-term roles in your employment history can be red flags to Hiring Managers. Give information on each short role that you have worked. Was it a maternity cover contract? Was it a 6-month project? This information can be extremely beneficial and work in your favour.

  2. Make the most of your online profiles

    When you have an end date for your current contract you should update your “about” section to say something along the lines of; “Current contract ending in July. Interested in 6-12 month contracts in the Leinster/Munster region beginning in August 2022”. This will prevent you being approached with irrelevant roles.

  3. Make sure to choose a professional profile picture

    Choose a good-quality headshot against a clean background. Keep it role appropriate. Avoid pictures from personal/social events as these don’t properly represent your professional career.

  4. List all certifications/qualifications

    List all certificates that you have completed during you career, as well as your qualifications is key to showcase your knowledge and capabilities. Especially if they relate to specific systems or software, they may be exactly what the client is looking for.

  5. Engage with an accountancy company

    A good accountancy company will be able to offer you the expertise and knowledge on umbrella company setup, help with contract tax, compliance and administration.


Chris Mee Group Recruitment specialises in the recruitment of EHS, Fire and Safety people; Construction Safety Officers, Safety people, Process Engineers and more. 

If you’re interested in a contract or permanent EHS in Pharma, Medical Device, Manufacturing, Construction etc please contact the CMSE Recruitment team for a confidential chat or professional advice.

Call 1850 315 415 or email [email protected]


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Are you eligible for state funding?

Hi Guys, John here from the Chris Mee Group Business development team.
You may not know, but CMSE Training are part of a number of different state funding schemes, meaning that You could be entitled to a discount of up to €1000 on some of our high-end training courses including upcoming PSDP, BER Assessor and IOSH Process safety!
I’d love to have a call to understand your requirements and to see if you’re eligible for state funding!  
My phone number is  0818 315 415.
My email is [email protected].
All the best!


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