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Meaning & Definition


Refers to knowledge, skills and abilities, often used in the context of the KSAs candidates need to perform a job role. KSAs are often outlined in the job description in both the personal qualities required and the professional qualities required. Many job applications will ask candidates to show, in a few hundred words, how their knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the requirements of the job.

KSA is a description of qualifications written by a prospective candidate to describe their knowledge, skills and abilities as they relate to an open role. It helps employers quickly screen the candidates that are most suitable for each job. The KSA model was introduced as a hiring tool by the government, but the personnel department is slowly discontinuing the use of it.

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