My Competencies

A profile is formed by a specific score pattern on the competencies. Although each and every human being is unique, which makes any mix of scores possible, there are nevertheless competencies that often turn out to be correlated.

“Competency” has become an important term in professional organizations and subsequently in secondary and higher vocational education over the past 15 years. There are plenty of definitions being circulated. For the purposes of this competency test, a synthesis of the most common definitions has been used, one in which a competency is conceived of as

“a combination of knowledge and insight, mindset and skill that is perceptible in one’s behavior and which is used to achieve goals in practice.”

Development Tips

The following development tips are of common nature and not tailor-made for my score.

  • ask yourself questions about the material
  • distinguish between facts and opinions
  • make a habit of drawing interim conclusions on subtopics and checking these, postponing final conclusions
  • ask yourself afterwards where the error or blind spot was
  • deliberately dwell on the possible consequences of errors
  • think in advance about how and when the state of affairs and their results will be checked
Communicating in writing
  • read a guide to or book on writing or take training in writing skills
  • use computer facilities (layout templates, spellcheck, etc.)
  • ask others to comment on your writing
Communicating verbally
  • learn to ask open questions by asking and listening
  • try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, see things from his/her perspective
  • do something with the non-verbal signals you are picking up on
  • prepare a meeting report and get the other person to check it
  • occasionally solve fun puzzles or brainteasers
  • use your imagination to imagine completely different possibilities or worlds
  • develop an interest in one or more forms of art
  • ask creative types how they come up with their ideas
  • use both your reason and your feelings, but look out for irrational arguments
  • seek out a devil’s advocate who will cast a critical eye over those arguments
  • evaluate your decisions
Functioning under pressure
  • use relaxation techniques (e.g. yoga, some martial arts)
  • set clear limits with regard to responsibilities and workload
  • regularly think about what the other person’s objectives will be
  • regularly check whether the other person has been assisted and is satisfied
  • scrutinize how other people lead and persuade
  • make clear what you expect from other people and check whether they understand and give their assent
  • be aware of the e􀁁ect of body language and non-verbal communication on your powers of persuasion
  • ensure that you understand and dovetail with other people’s motives, views, and arguments
  • pay attention to providing feedback, both positive and negative
  • ensure that your dealings with contacts are not one-sided and that they benefit too
  • be careful when making promises and fulfilling them
  • consciously direct your attention from time to time to the non-verbal cues people are giving
  • keep abreast of what is going on around you (by TV, Internet, newspapers, etc.) and ask affected people questions
  • do not be overly single-minded, instead interrupting your work regularly
Planning and organizing
  • devote time to thinking ahead and discussing plans with others
  • do be aware of the measurability of objectives
  • anticipate setbacks and critical moments
  • ensure agreements are recorded clearly
  • keep an eye on how the implementation is going, evaluate planning retrospectively, do so well, and learn from it
  • do work that you are genuinely motivated to do (which makes persevering much easier)
  • avoid people who are discouraging, instead seeking out people who are encouraging
  • keep the end goal and its achievement in sight
Reacting flexibly
  • introduce variety into your day-to-day habits
  • brainstorm with others without criticizing each other’s ideas
  • put yourself in other people’s shoes (imagine you were born elsewhere, had different parents, etc.)
  • relativize your own goals and approach
Self-management and self-development
  • regularly ask others for feedback
  • regularly take time to reflect quietly upon your experiences
  • set long-term goals but remain open to unforeseen possibilities
Taking the initiative
  • ask yourself regularly whether the work could be better or more fun, and if it could be then take appropriate steps
  • remember that successful initiatives bring plenty of recognition

My score

The present report indicates how I have rated myself on 16 fundamental competencies compared to the working population in the Netherlands for example.

Competency Test


The figure presents an example of the distribution of scores for the reference group for a random competency. This distribution has been divided up into nine boxes (stanine scores), each containing a certain percentage of people.

The fifth box represents 20% of the people who had an average score. In the case of score 1, then, 4% of the people are achieving this score, with 96% of the people from the reference group stating that they have the competency to a large extent.

Here is an ascending sorted list containing my competencies in order of my score.

  • Creating
  • Communicating in writing
  • Deciding
  • Taking the initiative
  • Functioning under pressure
  • Analyzing
  • Reacting flexibly
  • Planning and organizing
  • Persevering
  • Self-mgmt / -development
  • Leading
  • Checking
  • Noticing
  • Helping
  • Communicating verbally
  • Networking

This enables three clear profiles to emerge from the competency test:

  • the commercial (planning and organizing, monitoring, deciding, persevering, and self-development)
  • the entrepreneur (being flexible, taking the initiative, having leadership, networking, functioning under pressure, and creating)
  • the communicator (verbal communication, noticing, helping, and written communication)


Reflecting above list correctly sequenced according to my test results and taking into consideration the above emerged three clear profiles, I dare judge that my competencies

…made me a commercial entrepreneurial communicator.

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