Knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) is a term for the unique set of qualifications and attributes in individual needs to perform a certain job. They are generally associated with applications for federal government jobs which require job seekers to write several personal narrative statements detailing their unique KSAs. Determining to right KSAs for a specific position can help a hiring manager refine the job search, focusing only on candidates who are best suited for the position. In the context of KSAs, knowledge refers to the applicant’s body of information, skills refers to the tasks he or she can perform and abilities refers to the capability to perform a certain task to acceptable standards.
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