Job Competencies 101: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Use Them

Since the 1970s organizations have been using competencies to recruit job candidates and manage employees effectively. Competencies define “how” a job should be performed, or what an employee or manager needs to do to be successful in their role. SHRM defines competency-based selection as the “process of evaluating candidates’ behavioral attributes, as well as their skills and knowledge, by using job profiles and structured interviews to determine their suitability for a position.”   Why Job Competencies Became Popular Tracking and managing core competencies supports: Employee Development Employee Engagement Performance Management Succession Planning Compensation Planning Workforce Planning Internal Talent Search Activities Competencies help leaders recruit candidates, make fair decisions about promotions, assign employees to projects based on their competencies, and[…]