Have KSAs been eliminated?

Traditionally, candidate assessment focused on the extent to which individuals possessed the knowledge, skills and abilities required in the job, commonly called KSAs. Due to a view that broadly requiring lengthy essays describing KSAs for initial screening was an undue burden on applicants (and slowed the hiring process) the government has generally stopped using such questions at the initial application stage. However, they still are used during initial screening in some cases and they also may be used as a further screening tool later in the process.


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