When trying to ascertain whether someone is competent to be appointed for a position in a company, it is not just the academic qualifications that are measured. Consideration needs to be given to skills based competency. Take note also of trustworthiness and integrity.
These are just some of the factors that, together, can describe the “professionalism” of the applicant. Professionalism also requires that professionals continue to keep themselves up to date through Continuous Professional Development (CPD).