Definition: One of the four main general emotional competency traits. The ability to believe that one can do something and actually do something.
THIS TRAIT IS A POOR PREDICTOR OF COMPETENCE. IT ONLY HELPS TO FURTHER UNDERSTAND YOUR CANDIDATE.
This whole subject of general competence is dependent on Self Confidence. If people believe they can do things, they usually can. They are willing to try and learn and make things happen. Other ways of understanding Self Confidence include:
- self-assured in one’s own ability
- presuming success with a given task
- belief one can complete tasks and then attempt them
- belief one can and will make every effort necessary to complete a goal
- bravery to do something
- trust in self
- belief in ability
Those who lack Self Confidence do not believe in themselves enough to try, and consequently don’t make things happen. Those who do have confidence in themselves can make things happen.
What the Trait is NOT: A personal feeling of well being or self-esteem.
Job Requirement: Needed differently on all job positions making benchmarks very important.
REGARDLESS OF HOW HIGH OR LOW THIS TRAIT IS YOU CANNOT MAKE A COMPETENCY JUDGMENT ON ONE TRAIT ALONE, ESPECIALLY THIS TRAIT.
The SL Behavioral Aptitude has 9 questions for self-confidence and the IC Behavioral Aptitude version has 15.
Extreme Low: 0 to 4. Low scores on this trait show the person lacks confidence to take action as they are pretty sure they are unable to do what is required. Therefore, their fears prevent them from taking the actions they need to take or to even think of alternatives they could perform. However, I have seen good employees in assistant roles with low scores on this trait.
Low Range: 5 to 33. Low scores on this trait show the person lacks confidence to take action as they are not sure they can do what is required. Therefore, their fears prevent them from taking some actions they need to take or to think of some alternatives they could perform. However, I have seen good employees in assistant roles with low scores on this trait.
Medium Range: 34 to 65. A borderline reading on this trait is 40. This is another trait that heavily depends on the position applied for. Make sure this trait is above the minimum benchmarks.
High Range: 66 to 89. These people believe they can do things and they can.
When have you had to complete a task or achieve a goal that was out of your comfort zone? How did you feel about being put in that position? Did you know if you were going to succeed or not?
How do you think you will do in this position? Why?
What will you need to be successful in this position?
When do you ask for help to complete a task or a project? Give an example of when you had to ask for help.
Are you a good leader? How do you know this?