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The Civil Service Behaviours are one element of the Success Profile. These are the things that people do that result in effective performance. An example of a Civil Service behaviour is ‘Making Effective Decisions’.
For some jobs, you will be asked to consider the specific behaviours that are important for the job (these will be detailed in the job advert). Behaviours can be assessed in a number of ways and at various stages of the recruitment process. At the application stage, you may be asked to give examples of how you have demonstrated a particular behaviour. This might be at work or somewhere else such as work experience, volunteering or in connection with a hobby.
Please take your time to read and understand the Civil Service Behaviours. This will provide you with an overview of the behaviours and give you a greater understanding of what we are looking for in the job.
Think about everything you have done and achieved which relates to the specific behaviours you are being asked for. The more recent your examples the better, but you don’t necessarily have to make all your examples work-related. You can also include achievements from outside work, for example in a voluntary capacity. You must choose examples that enable you to describe specific things you did, not what your team did or what your work area did. Think of examples that:
Using the STAR model (Situation, Task, Action, Result) may help you present your evidence.
For some jobs, you will be asked to provide a CV (curriculum vitae) as part of your application. Here you can find information on how to write the best CV.
For some jobs, you will be asked to provide a personal statement or statement of suitability. Here you can find information on how to show yourself in the best light.
The recruitment process, and what evidence is asked for, varies depending on the job you are applying for. Here you can read about the different stages of recruitment.
GOV.UK hosts a huge amount of detailed guidance on the different elements of Success Profiles.