Assessing competencies

Last updated: April 13, 2022

In the BC Public Service, behavioural competencies are used to recruit and select new employees. Assessing critical competencies in the hiring process helps predict which applicants will perform well in the job.

A competency-based hiring approach shifts the focus from the applicant’s experience, education and training to a way that demonstrates how their competencies can be applied to the job.

Establishing competencies

Identify the critical competencies needed for superior performance and use these to establish the job requirements.

In the BC Public Service, there are 3 types of competencies:

Additional resources

The following resources will help you apply competencies during the hiring process:

The guides for managers, supervisors and staff help hiring managers record, interpret and evaluate interview responses to determine whether the candidate is qualified for the position.