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Assessing Cognitive Competencies at Work

An Hr's Handbook for Understanding How Cognitive Skills Evolve with Job Roles and Levels

Introduction to Cognitive Competencies

In order to measure intelligence, we need to identify the cluster of abilities or skills, in the form of which intelligence manifests itself. These skills and abilities cluster is called a ‘competency’. We have identified the key competencies that help in accurate measurement of our fluid intelligence, crystallized intelligence and core cognitive brain functions.

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Mettl Competency Library

Competencies refer to job-relevant behavior, motivation and technical knowledge required to be successful on-the-job. Aligning HR processes to competencies helps evaluate performance, set clear job expectations and growth plans.

Mettl has created competency libraries across, Behavioral, Cognitive, Domain and Technology based competencies.

Cognitive Competencies to Measure Core Brain Functions

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In business aspect, attention to detail definition includes the ability to concentrate on every minute detail of a task. It is very critical for organizations to recruit resources with good attention to detail ability, especially for profiles that require one to work on huge data maintaining concentration level, and sustain focus in order to ensure quality work without any errors.

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IMPORTANCE

  • Reduce errors in the job that requires high level of concentration

  • Ensures that the employee does not make too many mistakes with details and cross check their work

TOOLS TO MEASURE COMPETENCY

Comparison based questions on texts, number, images and visuals.

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Cognitive Competencies to Measure Fluid Intelligence

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Abstract Reasoning evaluates lateral thinking skills or fluid intelligence of a candidate’s to swiftly identify logical rules, patterns and trends to formulate meaningful information for solving problems. Candidates with strong Abstract Reasoning ability are likely to be creative while solving novel problems. They are likely to be capable of integrating data logically to arrive at decisions.

It assesses an individual’s capability to reason logically and identify patterns and similarities between shapes, figures and data.

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IMPORTANCE

  • Helps in identifying logical rules, patterns and trends to formulate meaningful information for solving problems.

  • Enhances the ability to solve novel problems.

  • Increases the capability of integrating data logically to arrive at decisions.

TOOLS TO MEASURE COMPETENCY

The Raven’s Progressive Matrices

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Cognitive Competencies to Measure Crystallized Intelligence

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Numerical Ability refers to a candidate’s speed and accuracy while solving simple arithmetic problems that involve the use of operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

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IMPORTANCE

  • Interpreting and analyzing numerical data to draw out logical conclusions and make reasoned decisions in a business environment.

  • Deriving information for a business to monitor its progress and performance.

  • Efficiently collect, understand, study, and present data to solve problems.

TOOLS TO MEASURE COMPETENCY

Averages, BODMAS, Percentage

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