The following five competencies are fundamental for most jobs, however that does not mean you don’t need to evaluate other competencies needed for success in your open position. Your Candidate Assessment Strategy USA needs to include evaluation of these fundamental success factors.

Job Fit

Job fit is how well a candidate is suited for your open position. Hiring people who are the best fit for the position is a great way for an organization to decrease turnover and improve employee satisfaction and tenure. Poor job fit occurs when a person is placed in a role that doesn't match their natural strengths. The role doesn't match their personal motivations and talents. Employees who work in roles that are a good fit tend to be productive, happy team members who stay longer in the position. Poor job fit disrupts employee engagement and leads to turnover.

Team Fit

Most jobs require a degree of collaboration with other people. Even work that’s often seen as not involving teamwork, such as accounting or software development, may involve considerable input from and collaboration with other people. Whether you’re a recruiter or a hiring manager, the key to a successful hire has as much to do with team fit as with competency. Recruiting for team fit doesn’t mean hiring the same types of people into your teams; it means hiring people who have different talents and strengths, but who also have the right people skills to fit into the existing team. Hiring for team fit requires an understanding of the existing team’s personality dynamics and understanding how a new team member’s personality will impact the team before they get hired.

Willingness to learn

Life-long learning is a requirement now not an option. New technology and knowledge come out daily, and organizations and systems change rapidly. If a person doesn’t like to learn they will likely fall behind, no matter what position or title they hold. The willingness and ability to learn are fundamental qualities of a good employee. The concept of adaptability or agility is an essential quality of a good candidate for any position.

Communication Skills

All employees need to be able to get their message across, in verbal or written speech. They need to be able to grasp other people’s communication by asking the right questions. Having communication problems will negatively impact job performance. Good communication skills are key to success in life, work and relationships. Without effective communication, a message can turn into error, misunderstanding, frustration, or even disaster by being misinterpreted or poorly delivered. Communication is successful only when both the sender and the receiver understand the same information. In today's highly informational and technological environment it has become increasingly important to have good communication skills. Your Candidate Assessment Strategy USA needs to include assessment of communications skills.


Self-motivation could also be called having a passion for the work. It is the ability to do what needs to be done, without support from other people. People with self- motivation can find the needed strength to complete a task, even when it is challenging. They will not give up. Self-motivation is about liking what you do enough to want to do a good job regardless of the obstacles.

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