How do I understand Success Profiles?
Soon as people hear the word success profile, it can create a sense of fear and anxiety when it comes to preparing for a job interview. However these success profiles when you actually look at them with a clear mind are no more than a list of common sense categories. Therefore rather than become overwhelmed by them, take a step back and think about what you believe are the right qualities for the role from your experiences, and see how they align with what is required in the success profile. This will make them far easier to understand and comprehend. As part of our interview coaching philosophy is to keep things simple. The more you overthink things, the greater the likelihood it can lead to turning an interview preparation process into a complex academic exercise. Which is great if you’re planning on writing an essay but terrible for an interview.
What is the civil service marking criteria?
However whatever number the marking scheme might consist of whether it’s 7 or 4, the most important thing is not to get too focused on the scheme itself. Rather to focus on firstly ensuring that you have an engaging answer. I cannot emphasise this enough, and it’s something I put a huge amount of onus on particularly when it comes in to competency interview coaching. There is no point ensuring that you’re ticking all the boxes if the interviewer is bored with your answer. So firstly focus on building a narrative which is engaging and interesting utilising empathy and making your answers relatable. Once you’ve done this the next step is to ensure that you’re ticking the key boxes within the marking scheme, this is one of my most important civil service interview tips. The interviewers aren’t robots, they’re human, therefore you have to use ‘human’ ways to keep them interested and engaged.
How do I answer a civil service interview question?
Finally when it comes to the ‘Result’, the first thing you in you provide are the tangible facts, again it’s important to provide figures where possible as that will provide context. The second piece of advice in our civil service interview coaching is to talk a little bit about what you learnt from the experience. It should almost always being with… ‘I believe that through…and … provided the perfect platform to deliver the required result’. If you take the above civil service job interview tips in to your behavioural answer development you will find that your answers will improve immensely.
Can you take notes in a civil service interview?
Now I know talked a lot about ‘how to ace your civil service interview’ however the one question about note taking always comes up from time to time. Now in civil service interview coaching, we recommend in a normal in-person face to face interview that if you feel you need to take notes then take in a single piece of paper which you can rest on your lap on top of a folder. What this will allow you to do is to be able to refer to your notes without looking too reliant on them and still having a professional demeanour.