For all those looking for a stable job output, safe, of quality, with a salary according to their degree, the oppositions constitute, without a doubt, One option that is perfectly suited to those objectives.
However, the competition is fierce and for each square there are usually many candidates, each time with a better level of preparation. The offer of public administrations (Autonomous Communities, Town Halls, Provincial Councils, etc.) is very wide and varied, so there is often some competition-competition adaptable to your level of studies, vocation, ambitions and professional interests. Oppositions to teaching, to the National Police or to the State Administrative Bodies are some examples.
5 tips to succeed in competitive examinations
1) Trust only official documentation
Although some requirements are common, each opposition has its own conditions and a different selection process, which may vary from year to year. The tests normally consist of oral and written examinations, psychotechnical tests, practical exercises and tests of various kinds. Therefore, it is very important that, before beginning the study process, the opponent always be informed through official sources and channels, such as the BOE, Citizen Services of the Ministry of Justice, the official website of each opposition, specialized centers, opposition forums
2) Organize and plan
The oppositions are like a long-distance race and their preparation lasts months and even years. Therefore, it is very important to perform a coherent and realistic examination preparation planning, dedicating enough time to each topic or practical test.
3) Use study techniques
That the memory part has an important weight in the oppositions does not mean that we have to reread the topics and repeat them without rhyme or reason. It’s very important put into practice adequate study techniques and intellectual assimilation: underlines, summaries, concept maps, diagrams, mnemonic rules, etc.
4) Let yourself be advised by professionals
Although the oppositions can be prepared by free, it is necessary anticipate the needs to reinforce certain skills and competences that we have not just mastered, resorting if necessary to academies or other professionals.
5) Positive mindset
Preparing well for a competitive examination implies intense dedication for many months. Therefore, it is advisable dose forces and set partial objectives and booster awards throughout the preparation process.
5 mistakes to avoid
1) Underestimating practical or oral tests
A significant percentage of opponents focus their efforts almost exclusively on preparing syllabi, leaving oral or practical tests to improvisation. It is a mistake as common as it is serious, since practical tests have their own strategies and structures that you have to rehearse and practice.
2) Shun the debate
Other error of oral evidence, especially those that require defending a hypothesis or thesis before a court, is being elusive or unconvincing in defending our arguments before the members of a court.
3) forget about conclusions
Related to the previous point, sometimes opponents do not end their oral presentation with sufficiently convincing conclusions or with a strong plot weight. It is important to work on this aspect before going to the exam.
4) Using inappropriate study techniques
Another mistake is not adapting the study method to the type of test. For example, multiple choice exams require a way of studying that progressively goes from the general to the particular, without the need to have the most important concepts well structured, as is the case with thematic development tests.
5) Not spending enough time to review
The syllabi of the oppositions are very long, so in planning it is very important set aside enough time to review all the topics, especially those that we have studied earlier.
Accessing a public service job involves many responsibilities, for this reason it is important that the candidate is informed very well of the characteristics of the profession and the job to which he intends to access, before immersing himself in conscientious preparation of some concrete oppositions.