Are core competencies the same as essential job functions?

Author: Linda Segall, Segall Enterprises

No. Core competencies are generally thought of as a set of skills, knowledge and behaviors that are needed to perform a task or function in a job successfully. An essential job function, on the other hand, is a fundamental duty or task of a specific job. Core competencies may apply to more than one job function. It should be noted that not all job functions are considered essential - only the most important ones.