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12 Examples of Competence

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Competence is the ability of an individual to be effective in a particular job or role. The following are common types of competence.


Knowledge of the practices, methods, systems, techniques and terminology that apply to a particular profession or industry.

Situation Knowledge

Highly specific knowledge that is acquired through work experience such as a salesperson who knows how your customers make purchasing decisions.


Abilities that are testable and measurable such as solving a math problem.

Soft Skills

Abilities that are difficult to test, measure or teach such as influencing.


Remarkable abilities in a particular area. For example, a software developer who is 30x as productive as average with superior sense of design and problem solving.


Behavior such as the ability to focus on a task for an extended period of time.

Values & Attitudes

Values and attitudes that help to make an individual effective in a particular role or organizational setting. For example, a customer service representative who has respect for customers.

Decision Making

Making timely and reasonable decisions in an uncertain, constrained and competitive environment.

Problem Solving

The ability to clear problems.


Factors such as motivation, work ethic and productive habits.

Design & Innovation

The ability to create imaginative new value.


Fluid intelligence and an interest in learning new things.
Overview: Competence
The ability of an individual to be effective in a particular job or role.
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