Good employers go to great lengths to match people to the right jobs. Since we spend between a quarter and a third of our time at work, it’s important that our abilities and interests fit the requirements of the role.

Employers will consider what behaviours and abilities are required for good job performance. These are often described in terms of competencies. Competencies are a combination of "behaviours" that lead to high performance in the role. To measure an individual’s competencies, employers may use tests, interviews, and other assessment tools.

Remember that selection is a two-way process in which both you and the organisation make a choice – and the choice has to be right for both of you.