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Frequently Asked Questions Assessment Policy

How do I select the competencies (or content areas) I want an occupational questionnaire to cover?

Refer to the job analysis data for that position and select those competencies that are 1) critical (review the Need at Entry, Distinguishing Value and Importance ratings), and 2) measurable.  

Also, check that the selected competencies (or content areas) measure only one competency and relate to the position.  A general rule of thumb is to select 4 – 8 competencies or content areas.

For more information about job analysis, please visit the Job Analysis page of the OPM's Assessment and Selection website:

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