Competency modeling for selection and development

How to pick a winner

Recognizing the skills, behaviors and attitudes –  what we call competencies – of your employees is vital if you want to help them get on and your business to enjoy success. As a pioneer and world leader in competency modeling, we can help you improve how you choose/pick and develop your people.

How do you make the most of your employees’ skills and behaviors to support your business, now and in the future? Competency modeling can help you. Building a framework of competencies for your organization helps to define the knowledge, skills and attributes you need, and to match people to the roles in which they’ll flourish.

But creating this framework can be difficult, because it needs to reflect the complexities of your business and culture as well as your people’s behaviors. Which is where we come in.

Leading the leaders

Hay Group pioneered competency modeling and is now a world leader. Our leadership owes much to the seminal work of American psychologist Dr David McClelland, founder of Hay Group’s McClelland Center, which is dedicated to getting the best out of organizations and their people.

Our competency models are unique and reflect the complicated nature of assessing and developing people. They show how different characteristics work together in different situations to affect how people perform, helping you:

  • be both more flexible and more precise when you’re selecting candidates 
  • understand their development needs and priorities
  • identify appropriate career paths for your people.

Right person, right role

When we consider people and roles we look at the whole picture: not just a person’s technical skills, but everything they bring to work. In fact, each of our competencies identifies a range of behaviors, which in turn are arranged in levels of increasing complexity. We dig deep.

We uncover people’s attributes in a number of ways – from in-depth one-to-one conversations to focus groups, or by referring to our extensive competency database. Because when we really understand the person, we know where they’ll be happiest and most effective in your organization.

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