In self-evaluation, there may be a tendency toward overrating on some factors - particularly duties, as well as recommendations, decisions and commitments. Where doubt exists, the grade or half grade next lower in line will usually prove to be the more accurate choice.
A rather special situation develops with the factors of education and experience. Under these factors, do not rate your position on the basis of level of education and years of experience actually attained. You may have a Master's degree and thirty years of experience; however, if the position requires neither an advanced degree nor long experience, rating according to your own qualifications will result in a point score that is unreasonably high. Members should estimate the education and experience combination required for the position.
To assist you in determining your level of responsibility, sample Benchmark Employment Descriptions have been provided. Positions range from the most junior to that of a top engineering/geoscience executive. As your employment will not match exactly with any of these, the points you give your position will vary from the benchmark samples evaluated both on the various factors and in total points.