Assessing your NACE Core Competencies


by Jesse Plunkett Posted on 1 year ago


Navigating today's complex job market requires more than just a degree; it demands a unique blend of skills, knowledge, and experiences. This is where the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Core Competencies come into play, serving as a critical bridge between the academic world and the workplace.

Our platform aims to connect these competencies with the job market's demands. For this purpose, we have tailored a set of skill assessments that align with the NACE Core Competencies, supporting job seekers in demonstrating their career readiness.



NACE's Communication competency emphasizes the importance of articulating thoughts and understanding others' perspectives. Our Active Listening and Written Communication assessments are designed to capture these essential aspects.

Active Listening is about engaging and understanding, even when there are distractions. This skill enables effective teamwork, reduces misunderstandings, and nurtures strong professional relationships. It's a valued skill in fostering a cooperative and efficient work environment.

Written Communication, measured in our assessments through English grammar and punctuation, ensures clarity and professionalism in conveying thoughts and ideas. Correct grammar and punctuation are vital in reducing ambiguity and avoiding miscommunications that can lead to inefficiencies.

Together, these assessments provide a snapshot of a job seeker's communication skills, underscoring their readiness to contribute effectively in a dynamic and diverse workplace.



The Attention to Detail assessment on our platform resonates with the NACE's Professionalism/Work Ethic competency. This competency isn't just about punctuality and productivity but also about the quality of work, a significant aspect of which is attention to detail. Our assessment helps job seekers highlight this often-overlooked skill that plays a vital role in minimizing errors and enhancing the overall efficiency of operations in the workplace.

You can also display your professionalism by using your SafeHire profile to send employers targeted video pitches. Before recording your pitch make sure you clean your background, wear professional clothing, and set your camera to eye-level.


Critical Thinking

The NACE's Critical Thinking/Problem Solving competency is fundamental in today's evolving work landscape. Our related assessments, Problem Solving and Logical Reasoning, allow job seekers to emphasize these essential skills.

Our Logical Reasoning assessment scrutinizes a user's ability to analyze statements and arguments, and deduce valid conclusions. It gauges proficiency in deductive and abstract reasoning, reflecting how well a user can apply general principles to specific scenarios.

The Problem Solving assessment focuses on strategic decision-making. It presents users with real-world-like problems, testing their ability to analyze varied information, evaluate potential outcomes, and decide on the most effective course of action.

Together, these assessments offer a robust measure of a job seeker's critical thinking skills, confirming their readiness to handle the challenges of the modern workplace effectively. These tools bridge the gap between job seekers' potential and employers' needs, promoting a more efficient and dynamic professional ecosystem.



In today's digital-centric work environment, Typing Speed, while not a direct NACE competency, is fundamental. The ability to type quickly impacts productivity as professional communication largely occurs via digital channels.

Fast, accurate typing leads to efficient email responses, quicker note-taking, and real-time communication during digital meetings. It saves time and allows professionals to focus more on the task at hand, whether it's formulating responses or brainstorming ideas, rather than on typing itself.

In roles such as administrative, customer service, or data entry, high typing speed is a critical competency. Thus, our Typing Speed assessment is not just a measure of a mechanical skill, but reflects a job seeker's readiness for a fast-paced, digital-first work environment. It enables job seekers to demonstrate their digital proficiency and efficiency, essential attributes in today's professional landscape.


Equity & Inclusion

As our workplaces become increasingly global, the NACE's Global/Intercultural Fluency competency takes on added significance. Our Spanish and Mandarin Comprehension assessments are designed to tap into this aspect, amplifying the value of multilingualism in fostering a more inclusive work environment.

Understanding languages like Spanish and Mandarin, two of the most widely spoken languages worldwide, is not just about communicating effectively with a larger demographic. It's about appreciating and respecting the rich tapestry of diverse cultures, races, and experiences that constitute our global community. By comprehending these languages, professionals can break down barriers, facilitate better understanding, and build stronger, more inclusive relationships with colleagues and clients from different cultural backgrounds.

In essence, these language comprehension assessments aren't merely a demonstration of linguistic proficiency. They are a testament to a job seeker's global fluency and intercultural understanding, crucial factors that contribute to a more inclusive, respectful, and effective workplace. They show an openness to learning from diverse cultures and experiences, and an ability to adapt to varying perspectives, a significant advantage in our interconnected world.


Show Your Career Readiness

Our skill assessments are not just about quantifying abilities; they are designed to provide a holistic view of an individual's capabilities and readiness for the professional world. They provide job seekers with a way to demonstrate the value they bring to potential employers, equipping them with the confidence to venture into the job market and make their mark. Remember, your skills are your strengths. Let's assess, enhance, and showcase them together.

Click here to learn more about SafeHire assessments and find example questions.

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