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Why you should focus on the 8 competencies in your preparation?

EU Training - A key point to prepare for your next EPSO competition

With the launch of our online course on SJT and e-tray, we are received questions on the best way to prepare the next EPSO competitions.

In this article, you will discover why the candidates who are studying the 8 competencies are getting higher results at SJT and e-tray exams.

Maria is preparing the next AD5 Generalists and Auditors competitions. She is asking us :

In the notice of the competition, EPSO is indicating that they are using the SJT and e-tray to measure specific competencies. For example, the e-tray is measuring 4 competencies: analysis and problem solving, delivering quality and results, prioritising and organising, working with others.

Why should I study the 8 competencies and not only 4 in my preparation?”

The question is very interesting. Let’s explain why.

EPSO is measuring your skills in a competition

EPSO continues to adapt the competitions to assess the profile and skills of a candidate in a better way. This is why, EPSO is using more and more the competencies tests (SJT, e-tray and Assessment Centre), rather than basic reasoning tests.

The competency model of EPSO is using 8 competencies: Analysis & Problem Solving, Quality & Results, Priority & Organising, Learning & Development, Working with Others, Communication, Resilience and Leadership.

One of the main reasons explaining why candidates are failing at these competencies tests is the lack of understanding of the 8 competencies.

- Do you know what are the right and wrong behaviours for each competency?
- Do you know how to determine the relevance and effectiveness of behaviours?
- Do you know how to determine which behaviours are important for EPSO?

The candidates which are studying these competencies are showing higher results at SJT and e-tray.

A concrete example with an SJT question

In the image below, you have a concrete example with an SJT question. We will explain how the 8 competencies are linked in the answers.

In this situation, your task is to determine how to provide the briefing to your colleague. The effectiveness of the 4 possible actions will be determined by the following competencies.

  • Priority & Organising: You need to organize your workload to provide the briefing, and be focused on your business trip
  • Communication: You need to communicate the briefing in a proper way to your colleague.
  • Working with Others: Your colleague needs a proper and complete briefing to work on the reports without requesting too much of your time.
  • Quality & Results: The quality of your briefing will determine the work of your colleague
  • Resilience: You need to assume this task without stress

As you can see, there are 5 competencies involved in the SJT question. These 5 competencies will help you to determine which answers are the most and least effective.

In this SJT example, the action 3 is the most effective. The action is showing the highest benefit to meet all the 5 competencies described above.

While the action 1 is the least effective, as is showing high risks and impact on your work. The briefing will not be communicated in a professional way, which will influence the work of your colleague. It will have an impact on your performance.

Improve your SJT score by focusing on the 8 competencies

As you can see with the example, the 8 competencies are inter-connected. An action is always a combination of several aptitudes that will determine the relevance and effectiveness.

To determine the relevance and effectiveness of the possible actions of a SJT and e-tray question, your task is to benchmark different behaviours, actions and aptitudes.

  • Your ability to communicate (= communication)
  • Your ability to manage the work (= priority and organising)
  • Your ability to perform the work (= quality and results)
  • Your ability to take initiative in your work (= leadership)
  • Your ability to interact with other people (= working with others)
  • Your ability to develop new skills (= learning and development)
  • Your ability to adapt to situation and manage stress (= resilience)
  • Your ability to identify solution to a problem (= analysis & problem solving)

An action is always a combination of several competencies. At least 2-3 competencies are involved in each action.

To get a top score at SJT and e-tray exams, our recommendation is to study the 8 core competencies to understand the right and wrong behaviours for each competency. A few days ago, we have published an online course to prepare SJT and e-tray that can help you to prepare this point.

To your success!

Your Abilitus Team

Remark 29/04/2015: There are still 6 seats available to follow the online course. We will close the doors in a few days to help the registrants in this course. We will close the doors at least for 7-10 days.

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