When outlining requirements of position within a company, the behavioral characteristics needed to perform the job are certainly the least tangible and most difficult ones to agree upon. Difficulties often occur when people have to see eye to eye on such behavioral characteristics, or even what the words describing the behavior mean.
The PBI—or Position Behavior Indicator—embodies the behavioral attributes of a position or job: behavior values, behavior competencies or behavior skills.
Creating a PBI involves every person concerned with the job, both managers and coworkers. It provides a structured method for the group to reach consensus.
In recruitment, agreeing on the type of behavior required in the job is important for understanding how candidates will succeed in that position. The PBI not only facilitates the creation of the short-list of candidates but it also helps the interviewing and on-boarding process be more effective.
In management, the PBI can be compared with an individual’s GRI profile to analyze compatibility, and identify necessary steps to address any differences. Using the PBI, managers are better prepared for performance reviews and for mapping advancement of their personnel.