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In a work setting, competencies can be:
- Associated with recruitment and selection.
- Linked to the performance appraisal process and compensation strategy.
- Tied to training and development.
- Associated with succession planning.
By linking competencies to the selection process, you can:
- Present a better overall depiction of the job and what it requires.
- Increase job-person fit by providing a profile to match needed skills with existing abilities.
- Eliminate individuals who are not qualified for the position from the beginning, thereby saving time and money.
- Provide a more structured interview process.
- Identify which competencies are trainable and which are more natural.
By linking competencies to training and development, you can:
- Help individuals develop strengths and find compensating strategies for their weaknesses.
- Focus coaching and feedback opportunities.
- Help align organizational strategy and expectations with the training courses offered.
- Reduce wasted training dollars by offering only courses that support the competencies identified.
By linking competencies to the appraisal process, you can:
- Ensure common understanding of what is being monitored and measured.
- Facilitate discussions about performance expectations and execution.
- Focus attention on actual behavior as well as performance.
By linking competencies to the succession planning process, you can:
- Identify the knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors required for key positions.
- Help determine the job-person fit of potential candidates by matching key traits and skills.
- Determine which competencies potential candidates lack that may result in restructuring or revamping roles and responsibilities or providing developmental opportunities.