Job Competency Examples

by Mary Jane; Updated September 26, 2017

Job competency skills are specific skills that an individual has that apply to a specific job in question. The competency skill set covers professional skills that help the candidate complete the job in a high-quality and professional manner, but also personal skills that allow the candidate to be flexible in working with others and working independently.

Employment Specific Skills

The employment competency skills apply to a person’s ability to complete a job in terms of specific knowledge, experiences and skills. These skills are usually assessed during the interview phase of employment, so the employer makes sure that the chosen candidate has the right set of employment competency skills. Examples of these skills include working effectively with new methods and technology, being able to demonstrate a deep understanding of company policies and procedures, identifying problematic situations and determining the correct actions and having the ability to plan and prioritize work projects.

Professional Competency Skills

Professional competency skills relate to the professionalism involved in completing a job. These skills relate to how a person completes a job and expresses enthusiasm for a job and showing it by completing the job with the utmost commitment. Examples of professional competency skills are evaluated by how employees are complying with the company’s standards for projects, their willingness to take on and complete projects, their ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally and being able to maintain company confidentiality. The professional competency skills are often evaluated based on individual actions.

Quality Competency Skills

Even if the employee has the qualities, experience and skills to complete the work in question, it is a competency skill to be able to identify quality work. Producing high-quality work affects the company’s relationship with its customers in a positive manner. Examples of quality competency skills include following and improving policies and procedures, problem-solving challenges and situations and responding to customer requests in a timely fashion.

Competency Teamwork Skills

Teamwork skills are important in a business, as employees often need to work in groups or collaborate to meet deadlines and finish projects. While some people are used to working individually, others flourish in group environments. Competency teamwork skills are important, as employees should be able to go from working individually to working in teams. Examples of teamwork competency skills include collaborating on projects by improving qualities, building working relationships, demonstrating responsibility for group projects and utilizing other employees’ strengths and contributions.

About the Author

Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.