The interview. You will be asked talk through some of your competencies:
Leadership and Managing Myself and Others ‐ Leading on Equality & Diversity
Working with Others ‐ Develop & Maintain Good Working Relationships
Leadership and Managing Myself and Others ‐ Building Capability: Developing Self & Others
Communication ‐ Speak Effectively
Analysis & Use Of Evidence ‐ Identify Options & Make Well Judged Decisions
Analysis & Use Of Evidence: B) Use Evidence Effectively
You need to give examples that demonstrate the above skills. You can normally use the examples on your form but sometimes you are asked for alternative examples.
+Do NOT just quote your competencies word for word. Instead pad it out and add more description of how you met the competency. When you finish talking, there is little opportunity to add more information.
+Explain what YOU did, not what other people did.
+Explain why you made decisions, what alternatives you considered, show you consider how your actions will impact others in the organisation, not just those within your unit.
+Remember what competency you are being marked on and make everything you say work towards proving that skill.
+You will be asked questions at the end, these are an opportunity to claim lost marks, so make your answers count.
+look at the core framework (Download PDF here). A Border Force Officer is EO grade (the middle column). you need to aim to show things similar to all of the examples given, but don't copy the wording exactly.
+Competencies should be based around a specific example.
+It is not enough to say you 'built good working relationships', you have to say how you did it and how you ensured your methods were effective.
I won't say more as the interview is designed to ensure you are suitable for the job, so I'll stop short from posting answers on here.
There will be 2 or 3 people on the interview board.
Good Luck to everyone!
Last edited by K42; 02-08-2012 at 15:09.
For the interview it basically works like this:
(Original post by xicaveu)
@K42: Thanks, so the interview will be structured in accordance with the 6 competency categories in the application, meaning 5 minutes each, though I find some can overlap each other. I would hate repeating myself too.
@jellybean55: I've worked for years, but in completely different sector. Sorry that you haven't heard from them yet, hope something will come up, best!
1. They ask you to give your example.
2. You talk through the example uninterrupted from start to finish (in more detail that you used on your form)
3. They ask you questions.
4. On to next competency.
If something you do is relevant in more than one example then repeat yourself, they are marked as individual examples and you will not receive marks in one competency for something you said in another. Don't use the same example for than once and at least have an idea of possible second examples as you may be asked for them.
They normally tell you in advance what you are doing, so if there is no mention of a written exam or role play then maybe you will get lucky. They need people fast so its possible that these steps have been removed to speed things up (or maybe to make the recruitment process cheaper to run).
(Original post by ali458)
Thank you K42 for the useful piece of advice! I also have an interview for Border Officer role. The email stated that the assessment will consist of a presentation and interview only. Does that mean there will not be a role-play or written exam? Or will they try and surprise us lol
I imaging the recruitment process for both roles would be the same however the marking criteria would be different.
Last edited by K42; 06-08-2012 at 11:14.