hello everybody, This was one of q’s asked to me in my interview : difference between competency and skills? plz reply... thanks, saily(MBAHR)

26th January 2008 From India, Pune

Ramesh Rajagopal
Sr. Manager-business Excellence



The state of being competent; fitness; ability; adequacy; power.


Property or means sufficient for the necessaries and conveniences of life; sufficiency without excess.


Legal capacity or qualifications; fitness; as, the competency of a witness or of a evidence.


Right or authority; legal power or capacity to take cognizance of a cause; as, the competence of a judge or court.


Knowledge; understanding.


The familiar knowledge of any art or science, united with readiness and dexterity in execution or performance, or in the application of the art or science to practical purposes; power to discern and execute; ability to perceive and perform; expertness; aptitude; as, the skill of a mathematician, physician, surgeon, mechanic, etc.


Display of art; exercise of ability; contrivance; address.


Any particular art.


To know; to understand.


To be knowing; to have understanding; to be dexterous in performance.


To make a difference; to signify; to matter; -- used impersonally.

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26th January 2008 From India, Coimbatore

I will give an example.

My wife cooks very well. All praise her for her ability to provide excellent tasty food. She has an excellent skill of Cooking.

One day, after we finished our dinner, few relatives from outstation landed up and there was no cooked food at home. She was in a fix and she requires atleast one hour to prepare anything.No vegetables at home No milk at home. She went to the kitchen called me and asked me what to do. I have no clue but I said wake up my mother, she used to handle such things when we were young.

My mother came, prepared some kitchadi in 10 minutes time, served it hot with pickles and curd and the guest, said they have taken this kind of tasty food anywhere!!

She had the competence of handling a situation.

Skill is knowing what to do and how to do

Competence is knowing what to do, how to do and more importantly when to do.

Remember the story of Karna. He forgets the Mantra when he was about to use the Asthra an Arjuna due to the curse of Parasurama.Forget about the curse. The fact remains that Karna forgets the Mantra when he was supposed to remember That is lack of competence ( I am not suggesting he lacked competence or any controversy here. it is just a situation I am quoting)

Is it clarifying? or confusing!!!

27th January 2008 From India, Chennai
Competency is capability of doing something. Skill is actual performance comes by experience. Regards-Ramesh
28th January 2008 From Singapore, Singapore
Competency includes skills, education, experience and training. Skill is a part of competency.
29th January 2008
competency will generally include the knowledge,skills and atitudes of a person but where as in skills include how better he can do the work
29th January 2008
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