Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied in-person. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England (UK)) in May 2013.
It is long.
You have to complete a competency based application where the structure of how you say something is very important along with what you actually say. When applications are being handled they are generally in job lots so to help get through the application form to an interview read the guidance and structure your answers.
For the interview, again you have competency based questions. The question will be about a scenario but wanting a particular competency, you need to structure you answer as per the guidance. That's not to say of you don't structure the answer highlight the competencies needed you'll be sunk but it makes it easier for the people interviewing you to grade you against their criteria.
My advice is rehearse the interview with a friend asking them to check you answer question highlighting the competencies in your example.
The interviews tend to be in large recruitment rounds so anything you make easier for your interviewers help.
The interview will be 3-4 people who are officials in the department.
- We are now asking for competency X, please tell us a scenario when you have done Y demonstrating X 1 Answer
There is poor communication between the recruitment team and the personnel team in Cabinet Office. Everyone is working on several different cases so will only deal with you when you are in their task list and to be worked on. So you will have long periods of not hearing anything.
Negotiations wise for salary it is very limited what they can offer and only If you have evidence of a previous salary will they offer you a higher salary than the base level salary for the band.
I was successful in the end but there was uncertainty and it took a while.
The work is interesting and well worth it. But be prepared for for long periods of not hearing much.