Civil service - vague application questions?

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jennyh1
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I´ve applied for a few civil service roles where the application questions have been things like "The ability to maintain attention to detail and accuracy with a capability to respond to gaps, errors and irregularities in information" which I did fine with.

Now I´m applying for a different role where the questions are just "a time you´ve demonstrated X behaviour" and I don´t understand how to proceed.

For, say, working together. Would my answer need to cover all 6 examples they give on the framework? Or do I just need to cover 1 or 2 areas of it? And would it matter which aspects I focus on?

Advice from anyone who has been through an application like this successfully would be welcome! It´s an AO role.
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Oh god, I hated applying for these. I actually scored in the top 3% for the Maths test, but never got the job for the Accounts Officer as covid hit last year. If I remember correctly, there should be a document that goes through how to answer each section and how to relate to the framework thingy. I'll see if I can track it down. I just remember spending like 3 hours on an application last year. Always best to put the time into Civil Service applications.
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Thanks - I got reserve listed for one role - actually the one I took my example question from above! But I cannot for the life of me work out where to start on this application. I feel like I need the structure.
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I think in these situations, they probably focus more on your writing skills, along with how you express your points. This can be from showing you've at least made some effort to read the framework; however, I'm sure it doesn't have to cover everything. It's just a case of expressing what you want to say well and selling yourself.

With asking about demonstrating "X" behaviour, I would just try and find a time you have demonstrated a particular skill and how you can transfer those skills over to relate to the current position, or responsibility in that role. You'd be surprised at how many transferrable skills people can have, even when transferring from a completely unrelated field. If you can save your application for later, I'd sleep on it over the weekend whilst you think.
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