**** 3 September 2020 Update ****
A new development: you now download the competency element (most important part) of your application as a Word document, complete it off-line and then upload it when you are ready to submit. Big advantage is it will enable you to format your text and insert line spaces between any examples to make it more visually impactful and easier to read. However, it us up to you to ensure that you keep to the 250 word limit for each headline competency, excess words may be ignored!
**** 26 August 2020 ****
The 2020 competition is due to launch in a week’s time on 2 September with 70 Vacancies. Don’t be put off by the JAC, I’ve worked with many people over the years who suffered numerous rejections yet are now recognised as some of our best judges! – BELIEVE! I’ll aim to update this blog as details emerge and the 2020 competition progresses.
The competency framework is on the right of the Recorder 2020 Vacancy Page under the Related Content heading – as in all JAC competitions, this is your plumb line.
Deadline for applications 1pm on Wednesday 16 September 2020
Online qualifying tests: 30 September 2020 – Situational Judgement and Critical Reasoning
Online Scenario test: 4 November 2020 – Speed Typing Test!
Selection days London and Birmingham(if not via MS Teams?) : 12 – 23 April 2021
Outcome of selection process expected by: August 2021
I have worked with scores of successful Recorder candidates and some disappointed ones of many year, I received many appreciative messages including:
” I am delighted to inform you that I have been put forward for appointment as a Recorder with immediate effect. Since enlisting your services I have been successful in 2 out of 2 JAC competitions and it is only because of your excellent preparation and guidance. I knew I had a lot to do after that first practice interview session but you gave me the tools and the confidence to do it.”
“Just to let you know I didn’t get it but I’m very grateful for all your help. I’ve requested feedback and will apply again.”
**** The Challenge****
To succeed and take your seat on the bench you will need to prepare professionally so that you can have an edge over your competition. This undated blog is written to help you understand what is required and what you need to do to be prepared, fully prepared.
As information is made available I’ll update this page as the competition progresses and you can follow my updates on Twitter
I expect the JAC to announce: “There will be three stages to the selection process:
- an online multiple choice test
- an online scenario test
- a selection day comprising an interview and role play”
However, unlike the Combined Qualifying Test earlier this summer, candidates will need to submit their evidence of the competencies before sitting the qualifying tests! Despite the JAC initially indicating there would also be a telephone assessment as part of the sifting process that now doesn’t appear to be the case.
Character: read the guidelines carefully and ensure you disclose all relevant matters, failure to do so will be seen as you lacking integrity. Do check your speeding points, no more than 6 points (or one 6 point offence) currently on your driving license!
Short-Listing – Qualifying Tests – The Recorder Lottery
This has evolved so much that I have written a separate blog – where I explain what to expect and how they have evolved recently.
On-Line Application Form – Evidence of Your Competencies : give specific examples of how you demonstrate the competencies. It will take much more time than you think to complete a strong application that will differentiate you from other candidates. If you have not already started, start drafting now! Some tips to stand out from the crowd.
They aim to shortlist in the ratio of about 3 candidates per vacancy – so perhaps 450 candidates as they seem to have ditched the telephone assessments.
Role Play – you will be given some reading and then a panel of 3 (1 judicial and 2 lay) will observe you hearing some actors who will respond to your questions and directions. The role play starts as soon as you enter the room. The panel will be looking to assess you against the competencies and looking for evidence of how you perform and demonstrate them.
Interview – again before usually the same panel of 3, they will probe the competencies, but not necessarily all of them depending on the evidence in your application form and from your assessors . My advice for interview success.
For information about the workshops I’ve been running please see here.
Some Generous Feedback From Grateful Candidiates:
I got it!!!”
” I just wanted to say thank you so much for the assistance that you provided me with. Whilst plainly I can neither confirm, nor deny, anything, I wanted you to be aware that I could not have gone through the process at all without your assistance. It was utterly invaluable.”
“Whatever happens, working with you has been an unmitigated pleasure. Really, really grateful.”
“Many thanks for your invaluable help. It made a huge difference and I’m very grateful!”
“I did get an email and it said that they are not going to appoint me… but I remain very grateful for your help which was invaluable.”
“I have to say despite all the brilliant things I had heard about you, I had my doubts… But the difference you have made to my application over a couple of hours has been amazing.”
” @wowthankyoutim Only praise from me – great interview coaching & excellent music recommendations.”
“I’ve been recommended for appointment. I’m over the moon. Your help throughout the selection process was invaluable. Tim, I really cannot thank you enough for your help and support throughout the selection process.”
“Not this year I’m afraid but I do want to thank you for all your help and expertise. I certainly felt much better prepared than I would have been and I think the experience will stand me in good stead in future.”
“I got the job!!!!! I’m waiting to hear where I will be sitting and for the official announcement obviously. Thank you so much. I couldn’t have done it without you.”