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    For those of you applying for multiple roles in the Civil service I was wondering if there's any issues with using the same competency answers when applying for different roles that test the same competencies? Just I'm a recent graduate so don't have that much experience to build on without using the same scenarios. Would this be frowned upon?
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    Hi,

    I've just been appointed as an DWP HEO policy officer - on the application form competency section i scored 4's and 5's. I used the same competency examples when applying for an HEO post with HMRC, but didn't get shortlisted! Hey ho.

    When I went for interview with the DWP they interviewed using the same 4 competencies, and i used the same 4 examples I used on my application form. I did this as I felt most comfortable with those situations to be flexible enough and broad enough. If they knew of my repetition, they didn't show it, nor did they mind.

    To answer your question, i would suggest using the same competency examples, but tailor them towards the job you are applying for. Read the civil service competency framework and make sure you are hitting all the positives with your example at the level you are applying for.

    As advice i would make sure that the examples you provide have sufficient depth. i.e they show that you recognised a potential problem, investigated it, made a plan to mitigate the problem, involved stakeholders, re-evaluated, implemented change, evaluated the response to change, disseminated knowledge etc.

    This is one of my competency statements for leadership and communication - i got a 5 for this.

    As part of my professional development I was tasked by a senior colleague with leading a team to deliver a seminar to lay people on "Recent Advances in Ophthalmology." I first identified our target population and contacted them for ideas about what they would want to hear. I recognised that some areas identified could be better delivered by colleagues with specialist knowledge within my team and so deployed them to maximise their effectiveness whilst setting clear goals and defined boundaries. I ensured that the seminar would be easily accessible to all age groups and contained a variety of activities to ensure engagement. With the knowledge of the target population I was particularly careful to ensure that the seminar was appropriate for individuals with sight impairment and other disabilities. Techniques used included increasing the text size on slides, ensuring high contrast by using black text on yellow background and maximising the use of practical hands on demonstration. The seminar was well received and formal feedback was positive also. I led a session to communicate this feedback to the team and subsequently ensured that team members line managers were made aware of their participation and performance.

    Hope this helps.

    Al
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    (Original post by 11alastair)
    Hi,

    I've just been appointed as an DWP HEO policy officer - on the application form competency section i scored 4's and 5's. I used the same competency examples when applying for an HEO post with HMRC, but didn't get shortlisted! Hey ho.

    When I went for interview with the DWP they interviewed using the same 4 competencies, and i used the same 4 examples I used on my application form. I did this as I felt most comfortable with those situations to be flexible enough and broad enough. If they knew of my repetition, they didn't show it, nor did they mind.

    To answer your question, i would suggest using the same competency examples, but tailor them towards the job you are applying for. Read the civil service competency framework and make sure you are hitting all the positives with your example at the level you are applying for.

    As advice i would make sure that the examples you provide have sufficient depth. i.e they show that you recognised a potential problem, investigated it, made a plan to mitigate the problem, involved stakeholders, re-evaluated, implemented change, evaluated the response to change, disseminated knowledge etc.

    This is one of my competency statements for leadership and communication - i got a 5 for this.

    As part of my professional development I was tasked by a senior colleague with leading a team to deliver a seminar to lay people on "Recent Advances in Ophthalmology." I first identified our target population and contacted them for ideas about what they would want to hear. I recognised that some areas identified could be better delivered by colleagues with specialist knowledge within my team and so deployed them to maximise their effectiveness whilst setting clear goals and defined boundaries. I ensured that the seminar would be easily accessible to all age groups and contained a variety of activities to ensure engagement. With the knowledge of the target population I was particularly careful to ensure that the seminar was appropriate for individuals with sight impairment and other disabilities. Techniques used included increasing the text size on slides, ensuring high contrast by using black text on yellow background and maximising the use of practical hands on demonstration. The seminar was well received and formal feedback was positive also. I led a session to communicate this feedback to the team and subsequently ensured that team members line managers were made aware of their participation and performance.

    Hope this helps.

    Al
    Hi, just wanted to thank you so much for your lengthy reply and for the time taken to write it, you've been of great help! Much appreciated
 
 
 
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