What is Behavioral Competency?

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Behavioral competency refers to any behavior attributes and personality traits a person might have, such as knowledge and skill set, which can help determine how successful he/she will be at the job they are applying for.

what is behavioral competency

Behavioral competency definition

Behavioral competency refers to any behavior attributes and personality traits a person might have, such as knowledge and skill set, which can help determine how successful he/she will be at the job they are applying for.

It can help define employee's behavioral strengths for the future success in the workplace. Employers often look for specific competencies for certain roles.

How to measure behavioral competency

Measuring behavioral competency is not an easy job, but it makes an important step in the hiring process. It is the skill set which a potential employee should have in order to perform his/her work successfully.

There are three types of work –related behavior

• People-based behavior: shows respect for others, interpersonal skills, understands others’ viewpoints, accepts/provides constructive criticism

• Success-based behaviors: makes positive decisions, takes responsibility for actions, communicates with colleagues, organizes time effectively

• Managerial-based behaviors: encourages staff to achieve their best, motivates rather than drains, tries to achieve a diverse workforce

And five types of work-related competencies:

- Individual Competencies

- Interpersonal Competencies

- Motivational Competencies

- Managerial Competencies

- Analytical Competencies.


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