Competency Based Application Forms


Competency Based Application Forms

A competency based application form is required to be completed by candidates in many organisations now, both private and public (especially government bodies) instead of submitting a Curriculum Vitae. The employers are assured that each application is the same regarding layout, are easy to read and screen, and generally make the whole process that bit easier for everyone.

The competency based application forms serve the same purpose as a CV, but the applicant is restricted to what they can include in the competency-based application form due to space and word count constraints.

Therefore, what you include has to really promote you as the ideal candidate for the position. Many application forms are now competency-based where employers expect candidates to outline with examples why they are suitable for the position in the following format (or similar):

  • S = Situation
  • T = Task
  • A = Action
  • R = Result
  • L = Learning
  • I = Improvement
  • S = Strengths

Some Competency-based Application Forms leave a full page requesting you to write why you think you are suitable for the position, while others give a word count. How you write and show that you are competent in the particular competency can be daunting for some people.

Talent Fusion provides a competency based application forms service where we can:

  • Help you structure and narrate competency-based examples against competency based questions.
  • Review your completed competency based application forms before submitance
  • Help complete the Application Form for you

A Competency-Based Application Form requires you to describe some of your personal achievements to date. They help you demonstrate certain competencies (necessary skills and qualities) required for the position you are applying for (e.g. Communication Skills, Planning and Managing Resources etc). All question areas must be completed and remember that you will be questioned on all areas at a Competency-based Interview.

For each competency, you are given a description of a skill or quality.  You are then asked to describe a situation, from your own experience, which you think is the best example of what you have done which demonstrates this skill or quality.  It is essential that you describe how you demonstrated the skill or quality in question.