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British Consulate-General New York Interview Questions

Updated Nov 22, 2014
Updated Nov 22, 2014
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    Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at British Consulate-General New York.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and received a brief phone call interview with HR who later set up the in-person interview. Interview consisted of meeting with the two people the position would mainly work under - HR played very little role in the actual interview process. I had to complete a brief writing test on a computer. Overall, a professional interview experience.

    Interview Questions
    • What news channels and periodicals I read on a daily basis (mostly because I just was not expected this question for the position)?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Business Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at British Consulate-General New York.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process is through the Embassy in Washington, your first contact will be a phone call from the HR department asking basic questions. Then an interview will be scheduled at the post you are applying for (there are 10 around the US). Typical questions for a BDA role will be economic development focused, event management, time management, and risk management.

    Interview Questions
    • If we hired you tomorrow, tell me how you would go about planning X event?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    NO NEGOTIATION. The posted salary is final - it's government!
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Entry Clearance Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at British Consulate-General New York.

    Interview Details

    The British Government uses "competency based" interviews, so you'll be expected to produce a short story for every "tell me about a time when you..." question. Make sure your story follows the STAR format. I also had to produce a timed writing sample in which I had to write an email response to a dissatisfied customer.

    Negotiation Details
    There is no negotiation. The salaries are posted with the job advert and you will either take it or leave it.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Public Affairs Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at British Consulate-General New York in February 2012.

    Interview Details

    Interviews are competency based. You should come prepared to answer questions (with succinct examples from your past work experience) related to: team work, adaptability/flexibility, management, policy delivery, ability to communicate and influence.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I didn't negotiate. Knowing the inflexibility on wages/leave there would not have been a benefit to negotiating.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at British Consulate-General New York in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    applied online with cover letter, resume, recommendation. Was contacted by HR and asked various questions. After the phone interview i received opportunity to have a panel interview as well as an hour research assignment. The people were so friendly and really seemed to enjoy what they were doing. The office was in a great location.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took a weekinterviewed at British Consulate-General New York in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    If you work at the Consulate, its most likely not what you'd imagined it to be when you applied. I interviewed for a manager position and during the course of the 3 person panel interview, I was constantly told that I would be performing menial tasks. Way to present the job! British are stereotyped as being cold and stand-offish and the interview did nothing but reconfirm this generalization.

    At the end of the interview, I was asked to take a "skills" test. If you're testing my skills at obtruse scenarios, then I guess the test I was given fit the bill. Question: "The deputy counsel's wife calls you at 5 pm on a Friday night and says the power has gone out at their townhouse residence. She has already contacted an electrician who has not yet arrived They are hosting a reception gala at 7 pm that evening at their residence for 200 guests, most of whom are foreign dignitaries. What do you do?" Say whaaaa???? EXACTLY.

    Also should mention interview was scheduled for 3pm and they kept me waiting until 3:45 pm. Imagine the impression you'd make arriving 45 minutes late. Just because I'm in the market for a job, doesn't mean that my time isn't valuable!

    Interview Questions
    • See above non-sensical question. Is there REALLY a categorically correct way to answer this?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Vice Consul Public Diplomacy Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at British Consulate-General New York in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    Was hired and worked on a special project. Most interesting.

    Interview Questions
    • Why I would change career to government position.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Events Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Panel interview, usually with 3 people. Competency based, can see the levels for each position online on their website. So no surprise questions for what they're looking for when you go to website.

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Receptionist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bucharest (Romania)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bucharest (Romania)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at British Consulate-General New York.

    Interview Details

    This was only a temporary position, as their current receptionist needed to go in vacation. There was only one interview, I don't remember the name of the HR person but all the experience was great. Starting with the first question and till the last day of working there. There wasn't any "tricky" questions, just an open, sincere discussion about my intentions to work there.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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