Updated July 27, 2021

Written by the WikiJob Team

A competency is a particular quality that a company's recruiters have decided is desirable for employees to possess. During interviews and assessment processes, competencies are used as benchmarks that assessors use to rate and evaluate candidates.

Competency Based Questions

In interviews, recruiters look for evidence of competencies by asking candidates competency based questions. This style of question forces candidates to give situational examples of times in the past when they have performed particular tasks or achieved particular outcomes using certain skills.

Further Information

For further information on competencies see Core Competencies and What are Competencies?.

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