How to Implement Competency-Based Hiring: Future-Proof Your Recruitment

75% of recruitment professionals see skill-first hiring as a priority for the near future, according to the LinkedIn Future of Recruiting Report 2023. However, only 64% say they can accurately assess a candidate’s skills and competencies today. So how can we make a successful shift from experience-based to competency-based hiring?In this webinar, Tony de Graaf (Global Director Hiring Success at SmartRecruiters) and Charlotte Melkert (Co-founder and CEO at Equalture), share best practices and strategies for implementing competency-based hiring and look at trends and innovations that can support this shift.

This webinar covers

  1. Definitions: What is competency-based hiring? Which competencies and skills are relevant?

  2. Benefits: What are the benefits of competency-based hiring?

  3. Best practices: How can you implement competency based hiring?

  4. Trends and innovation: Which emerging technologies can facilitate the shift?

Main takeaways

  • With the growing talent and skill shortage, companies are challenged to look at their candidate pool differently.

  • The increasing use of ChatGPT for CVs and motivation letters break the trust recruiters have in experience-based hiring. This bring about a new way of recruitment: competency-based hiring.

  • Competency-based hiring offers many benefits, such as improved job-person fit, enhanced candidate experience, higher retention, as well as increased diversity, through widening the talent pool.

  • What are competencies?

    • Transferable skills from project management, communication skills to problem-solving skills, or the ability to learn and develop new skills.

  • Where to start with competency-based hiring?

    • Think big, start small: Define the goal for the implementation

    • Close collaboration of Talent Acquisition with Human Resources and Hiring Managers

    • Using assessments and structured processes to accurately and objectively evaluate candidates’ competencies

A bit about

Tony de Graaf

Tony de Graaf joined SmartRecruiters in November 2019 as Hiring Success Director for EMEA. Now Global Director Hiring Success, Tony, as a Talent Leader, is responsible for our thought-leadership and Hiring Success Consulting Practice across the region, helping companies to build purpose-driven organizations with a People & Culture at heart.

Before joining SmartRecruiters, Tony worked for different e-commerce, fashion and retail companies, including McGregor, Gaastra, Wehkamp. where he held diverse senior positions in Talent Acquisition and TA leader.

A bit about

Charlotte Melkert

With years of experience in the field of recruitment, both by starting a recruitment agency as well as being the Co-Founder & CEO of the hiring software company Equalture and her dedication to ensuring equal opportunities in hiring is truly admirable.

Charlotte awarded several nominations and awards, among other, the top 8 most talented female entrepreneurs of The Netherlands, Forbes 30 Under 30, Top 30 Most Inclusive Leaders NL, LOEY Talent Award, Sprout 25 under 25 and Sifted’s top 14 European Gen Z Founders.

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