Guidance for completing the StO form by JZaRVc


									                   Guidance for completing the TSO form

Permanent or temporary work

Only temporary posts are currently available.

Applications are sifted shortly after the closing date. Successful candidates
are invited to interview.

Employment Location
Posts are only available in Cardiff.

Candidates must be British, European or Commonwealth.
Non British candidates must be resident in the UK.
Commonwealth candidates must have a visa stamp in their passport that
allows work. Please select your visa type for the dropdown menu if
Please read the nationality requirements on our website before filling out the
application form.

Department Preference
Only Welsh Government is available in the drop down menu.

Please list all of the modules in your degree.

Statistical content
This is the ratio of your statistical modules vs. all modules as a percentage.
As a guideline a Maths & Stats degree would be about 50 - 60%, Psychology
would be about 30%.

Pre-sift 1: Statistical content of degree
Before the main sift is carried out, application forms are checked to ensure
that candidates meet the educational and nationality criteria. Any candidates
not meeting these criteria are not sifted.

Pre-sift 2: General competences
The pre-sift of the general competencies, Dissemination/Communication,
Teamworking, Personal Effectiveness and Delivering Results looks for
evidence and acceptable examples of each competency.

Candidates scoring low marks are not included in the main sift.
Statistical Skills

This section is used to select candidates for interview

Please indicate your level of experience in the 9 techniques using the drop
down options.

Note: we do not require candidates to have experience of all of these skills.

   1. ‘Some knowledge’, completing a couple of examples in a module to
      learn the concept.

   2. ‘Some practical experience’ may be a large piece of coursework (the
      mark counting towards the degree) based on this technique.

   3. 'Extensive experience' could come from frequent use in a PhD, in a
      work setting or teaching to students.

It is important that you give a full description of your experience,
including examples, within the word limit. We are looking for you to
prove that you understand and have used the technique, we are not
looking for a textbook description of what the technique means.

Your paragraphs are re-scored by two statisticians, and their scores
determine whether you are invited to interview.

One way of addressing the competencies is to use the CAR approach. This is
where you break your evidence into Context, Action and Result. The Context
can often be combined to provide a background or introduction. The action
will form the main part of your response and the result will be your conclusion.
A basic example would be:

Context - what situation or task you were faced with?

Action - what action did you take?

Result - what results did you achieve/conclusions did you reach?

Note about ‘Data Collection’. Data collection is not a specific statistical
technique but it is an important part of the work of government statisticians.
There are a number of methods of collecting data (questionnaires,
experimentation, administrative sources etc) and each of them has pros and

You need to be able to show that you understand the problems and
constraints associated with data collection, and how quality problems may
lead to misinterpretation or misleading results. If you have not collected your
own data then you may be able to describe problems in data you have
analysed. (At the assessment day you may be asked to think through
situations which require data collection from first principles.)

Generalist Competencies
Please complete these fully (up to 150 words) as they provide background for
the interviewers at your board. Applications with very little detail in this section
may be sifted out.

Understanding statistical or other complex ideas and results is important, but
so is the ability to communicate these to other people, some of whom may not
share your technical background. At the assessment day you will have the
opportunity to demonstrate this skill in writing as past of the statistical test,
and orally at the interview.

You must be able to build working relationships with other people, achieving
collective goals whilst being flexible and sensitive to their situations and
different viewpoints. You must appreciate the value of teamwork, and strive
to make it productive, whether you are a team leader or a team member.

Personal Effectiveness
You must be able to demonstrate that you can solve problems (not just
mathematical ones!) and make decisions. You must take responsibility for
failures as well as successes, have a realistic view of your own contributions,
and use experience to identify room for personal improvement.

Delivering Results
You must be able to focus on providing what is required, whether for a
customer, a project, or an assignment. You may have to cope with peaks and
troughs of work, maintaining both quality and output. Some pieces of work
may be more exciting than others, but you must recognise the importance of
all that you do, and to do it to the best of your ability.

Points for consideration:
We are looking for you to provide specific evidence of your individual

Be specific rather than theoretical – a clear description of how you actually
behaved in a particular situation (and why) is of much more use than a vague
or general description of what you consider to be desirable attributes.

Give a range of examples – if possible, use different situations or challenges
you faced rather than rely on just one experience. This helps to evaluate how
you tackle different challenges and not just your behaviour in a ‘one off’
If your example involves a team task, tell us about what your role within the
team was as opposed to telling us what the team did and what their general
achievements were.

Avoid making statements. Please provide supporting evidence. For example
‘I have excellent communication skills as I deal with people all day’ is a
statement. You need to explain what makes your communication skills
excellent, describe the situation where your communication skills had a
positive effect and how.

If you have any queries about completing the StO form that are not covered
above please contact:

Simon Nicholas

01633 456351

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