Personal Profile - further information

What is a Personal Profile?

The Personal Profile reflects what is required to serve successfully in the judicial office under recruitment.

It is a key document for applicants to make reference to when completing their application and in thorough preparation for the selection process.

It is important because it sets out the criteria for appointment and is the basis against which applicants will be assessed throughout the short listing and assessment centre stages of the selection process.

What does the Personal Profile look like?

Five key areas are included in the Personal Profile. These are:

  1. Intellectual Capacity, Knowledge and Expertise
  2. Personal Qualities
  3. Understanding and Fairness
  4. Communication Skills, and
  5. Management Skills / Leadership and Management Skills

How is it developed?

It is developed through an analysis of judicial office to determine the necessary skills, qualities, knowledge and if specific experience is required.

The criteria outlined in the personal profile will be:

  • Based on Ability: identifying the necessary skills and qualities that the ideal applicant should have. Experience is not always required. Some roles require knowledge and skills and there will be an opportunity to demonstrate your potential ability and transferability of skills. Examples include oral communication and analysis.

  • Related to the Job: they will reflect the requirements of the office outlined in the job description. On occasion, some specific knowledge or experience may be required e.g. Employment Judges will require knowledge/experience of employment law.

  • Measured throughout the process: e.g. your application form at shortlisting, an interview complemented by other methods such as a written exercise or a role-play.

View an example of a Personal Profile - Generic Personal Profile (PDF 306 KB)