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Over to you, Home Office

I have the psychological report in front of me. It's neither good nor bad, but somewhere inbetween. I 'score' highly on sociability and the ability to deal with stress; sufficiently well on academic level, learning ability, teamwork, creativity, flexibility, initiative and awareness of what goes on in the world around me; slightly less well, but still adequately enough, on verbal and written communication, information analysis, judgment and result orientedness; and not so well on interpersonal sensitivity, though they wouldn't exactly call it a weakness.

I have a tendency to talk too much. I'm rational and tend to base my findings on fact. I don't always take other people's feelings into consideration when making my decisions or recommendations. I'm extraverted, self-assured, and calm. I'm open towards and interested in other people and their opinions. I'm flexible and non-conformist in my work, I have a rough idea of where I want to get to and how, but I'm loathe to commit to a tight agenda and strict planning beforehand. Instead, I tend to think and act on my feet. I'm good at determining a problem, giving broad outlines as to how to arrive at a solution, coming up with several ideas, but not good at filling in the details. In fact, it seems as if I'm not always that interested in dealing with the minutiae.

Tomorrow, this report will be sent to the Home Office by courier. Then there will be a meeting this Wednesday, where all the reports and the written test, the policy note we had to write, will be assessed and where the decision as to who to invite on to the next stage will be taken. I expect I'll hear one way or the other by the end of the week or the beginning of the next.

And so the waiting begins once more.


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Aug. 29th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Actually it sounds as if your strengths would be the ones that they would sound most useful - thinking on your feet and so on, so hopefully it will go well.

I've got my fingers crossed anyway!

(Which is not easy whilst typing!)
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
The thing is, of course, I don't know how I compared to the others...and I don't know what weight they'll attach to the policy note (which I didn't have enough time to finish). So at the moment, I really wouldn't like to hazard a guess!
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
A lot of positives in there! Good luck ;^)
Aug. 29th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I agree it's not all that bad, and I'm certainly still in with a chance...although I'm not quite sure, how much of one. Just have to wait and see, I suppose.
Aug. 29th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
oooh lots of highlighted strengths and positives - are you happy/agree with the details?

Aug. 29th, 2005 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm happy enough with the report as it stands... think it's sufficiently balanced...Of course, I would have liked to have scored straight A* all round, and I don't think I'm all that bad at interpersonal sensitivity (whatever that may be) as they seem to think...but it's the writing assignment that causes me most worry at the moment. The psychologist didn't think too highly of my writing style (too long-winded, same as my verbal skills, she said), and she did let it slip that the Home Office usually do tend to take a grim view of unfinished documents that offer no real and clear-cut policy directives.

OTOH, how can they expect anyone that's never done this sort of thing before to write a policy note that ticks all their boxes? Surely, they can't be serious?
Aug. 30th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
It may be best that you didn't score staight A's across. They didn't want anyone with a squeaky clean record. It's possible they feel the same way about this assessment.
Aug. 30th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's possible...but is it likely? I think we're about to find out! ;-)
Aug. 29th, 2005 07:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a balanced result, and, even if knowing a person privately is not the same as knowing how they work, pretty much like you.
Now let's hope that's what BiZa wants!
Aug. 29th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
So you think I talk too much, too, do you? That's nice to know -- I'll button it next time we meet ;-).

BTW, you'll be pleased to know I've read a new BtVS-fan fic tonight! I have; speakr2customrs's 'The Lonely Goatherd'. Now Vike's my OTP!
Aug. 29th, 2005 08:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, girl, don't stick out those toes like that! In fact, i think you're more the strong, silent type. So there!
Aug. 29th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
Aw, girl, don't stick out those toes like that!

If I do, it's because of those shoes you made me buy! Just kidding.
Aug. 29th, 2005 09:03 pm (UTC)
Sounds alright. Fingers crossed!
Aug. 29th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
All we can do, really...Wish I'd ticked any of the 'real strength'-boxes, though.
Aug. 29th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'd want to see a report like that on me.
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC)
It certainly is scary; and a blow tyo one's self-esteem in part...but I think the idea is that you can learn from it, find out what areas in your makeup need developing or toning down...or something.

Yep. Definitely scary.
Aug. 30th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC)
Good luck! *fingers and toes crossed for you*
Aug. 30th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC)
Aug. 31st, 2005 11:01 am (UTC)
If it was straight A's you'd scare the bejesus out of them! Sounds like a good, well-rounded sort of assessment to me, with gold stars and ticks in all the boxes they could possibly want. Hope it does the trick!
Aug. 31st, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC)
Cass! You're alive! I tried phoning you a couple of times, but you were always out, and I didn't feel like leaving a message. Anyway, hope all's well with you (and wity himself and the kids). Is the kitchen ship-shape now?

I'm keeping my fingers crossed the report will find favour in the eyes of those in charge of hiring people at the Home Office. I could really use some good news right now, since as of an hour ago, I'm looking at a massive plumber's bill.
Aug. 31st, 2005 12:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, 'tis I. Just got back from the Land of My Fathers. A flying visit to LJ, though - the kids still have a couple of days hols so what passes as normality will not resume until next week.

Plumber's bill? Ouch. Everything OK?
Aug. 31st, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
Leaky loo. As in 'seriously leaky loo'. They'll need to take out the 50-odd year old stone pipe that currently hooks it up to the sewer and replace it with a modern, PVC one. I'm not happy with the news, but what can you do? I can only hope and pray my downstairs neighbour hasn't found any fungi growing on her lavatory ceiling yet -- or if she has, hasn't the brains to deduce that it's my fault.
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