What is a Competency Assessment?
Competency assessments measure an employee’s skills, knowledge, and performance against pre-defined benchmarks and job requirements. It is used to identify an employee’s suitability for a given role.
Competency assessments are commonly confused with performance appraisals and employee evaluations. Competency assessments focus on an employee’s suitability for a given role, while performance evaluations measure the work performance of someone who has already been deemed suitable for the role.
Why Perform Competency Assessments?
Competency assessments are used to help identify gaps between an organization’s strategic plans and its existing employee competencies. They can assist with prioritizing areas for further development and support hiring decisions to fill those gaps.
Using a Competency Assessment Template
A competency assessment template is a systematic way of measuring skills gaps for specific roles across an organization.
An effective competency assessment template should cover three key competency categories when assessing an employee’s capability:
- Technical: specific skills and knowledge required for the given role
- Behavioural: behavior, problem-solving and cultural values
- Organizational: leadership, career motivation, and teamwork
Using Technology to Streamline Competency Assessments
Paper-based competency assessments take long to complete and are difficult to gather actionable insights. Finding the right software and tool can help HR teams rapidly rollout competency assessments, gather consistent data and help business leaders make strategic hiring and development decisions.
iAuditor is the world’s most powerful form building app that lets you digitize your paper-based forms to be used both online and on mobile applications. HR teams can rapidly roll out and perform competency assessments, gather key data and uncover key competency gaps.
To save you time, we have created these 3 sample competency assessment templates which you can download for free and customize for your given roles. Perform paperless competency assessments using iAuditor on your computer or using the iAuditor app on your tablet and mobile device. iAuditor is free to use for small teams and offers advanced features for premium subscriptions - view pricing and features.