What are the areas where the candidate is really good? We have taken the most critical aspects of job performance (i.e. competencies) known in academia and poured them into the "Strengths" question for you. You can use the question to gather structured information about the competencies the candidate has demonstrated.
Competencies refer to collections of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics that are needed for effective performance. We chose research on job agnostic competencies as guidance and created a list of 14 competencies to ask the reference giver about.
Key competencies we look out for
Attention to detail
Acting with confidence
Coping with pressure
Planning and prioritizing
Solving tricky issues
Openness to opinions