The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK have expressed concern about the need to assess the competence of staff coming from other countries inside the EU to Britain to work. Currently only workers from outside the EU are checked to see that they have the same standards as UK staff.
Employers must ensure that any individual performing a task has the competence to do so without putting the health and safety of themselves or others at significant risk.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) describe competence as “the combination of training, skills, experience and knowledge that a person has and their ability to apply them to perform a task safely. Other factors, such as attitude and physical ability, can also affect someone’s competence.”
Interviews usually concentrate on your experience or previous qualifications. However competence questions are becoming increasingly common. A competency based interviewer wants to know whether you have the right skills to take the position.
You might be familiar with certain interview types, for example telephone interviews or group interviews, but have you ever heard of competency-based interviews? Find out what they are and how to approach one.
Whether you are an employer looking to ensure your organisation is in good health or an employee looking to improve their working practices, salary or job, competencies are a vital part of achieving these.
Being perceived as competent in what you do is one of the best ways to gain respect, achieve promotion and attract new customers and clients.
A competency framework is a structure that sets out and defines each individual competence required by employees. A defined set of competencies for each role in a business shows workers the kind of job requirements, qualifications and behaviours that the organisation values, and those it requires to help achieve its objectives. Continue reading “What is a Competency Framework?” …