How to complete the form
You will be asked to provide evidence of the candidate’s performance against each competency or skill/ability area listed on the independent assessment form.
Use the headings as indicators of the performance your evidence should cover.
You should provide specific examples, such as: “There was an occasion when the candidate analysed material quickly, for example when he/she…”
If for any reason you are unable to act as an assessor, please contact the candidate directly and ask them to nominate another assessor.
The SOAR model
You may find it useful to base your answers on the SOAR model:
- Situation: briefly explain a situation the candidate was directly involved in that resulted in a distinctive outcome
- Objective: briefly describe what the candidate had to achieve
- Action: describe the action the candidate took and how he/she achieved the objective. This section provides the most important evidence and should be the focus of your answer.
- Result: describe the outcome of the candidate’s action
Additional guidance for professional assessors
You will be asked whether there is anything that you would like to draw to our attention. In this question, we are interested only in areas of concern. It is helpful to know when the concern was identified and whether the candidate is aware of it. If the candidate was made aware, you should indicate if improvement been demonstrated.
This information may be used to help the selection panel question the candidate.
Additional guidance for judicial assessors
If a candidate has recently been appraised and you are the candidate’s leadership judge or most recent appraiser, you should draw on this evidence where available and relevant.
If you are the candidate’s leadership judge but not his or her most recent appraising judge, you should first discuss the content of the appraisal with its author.
You should use the appraisal only to show if a candidate can meet the requirements of the role. An appraisal is primarily a developmental tool and not all material may be appropriate for an independent assessment.
The JAC does not see candidates’ appraisals at any stage.
How to submit an Independent Assessment