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    Particular strengths:

    - Impact: much of the work carried out in Civil Service has a direct bearing on the world we live in, and the newspaper headlines we read.
    - Diversity: the opportunity to work on such a wide array of topics is near unrivalled outside of government.
    - People: the best in Civil Service, can be among the most dedicated, hard-working, and motivated individuals.
    - Flexibility: both in terms of work-life balance, and wider benefit support, including healthcare, pension and maternity cover.


    Things to consider as part of a Civil Service career:

    - Pay: a modest salary compared to what can be on offer in the private sector, and one which has seen real-term cuts over the past 6 years.
    - Traditionalist: much of Civil Service is set in deep-rooted culture and history. This is both a strength and weakness, especially when it comes to embracing new technologies, ways of thinking and acting.
    - Mixed quality: while the best of the organisation rivals any organisation, Civil Service has never been strong at dealing with excess resource and poor performance. As such there are parts of the organisation where the quality of resource is mixed.

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    To encourage greater cross-pollination of thinking across different sectors. To instil a greater culture of innovation. To safeguard the competitiveness of the pay and benefits package.

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Civil Service United Kingdom Interviews

Updated Jan 17, 2015
Updated Jan 17, 2015

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    Interview Details

    1. Self-Assessed Reasoning Tests - Verbal: 40 questions, 20 minutes. Numeric: 18 questions, 22 minutes.

    2. Practice for the On-line Selection Tests - Verbal: 32 questions, 16 minutes. Numeric: 15 questions, 19 minutes.

    3. On-line Selection Tests
    These are the tests that we use to decide whether you are a candidate for the Fast Stream. There are three tests to do:

    Verbal Reasoning Test: 40 questions. 20 minutes.
    Numerical Reasoning Test: 20 questions, 25 minutes
    Fast Stream Competency Questionnaire: 31 pages of 4 questions each, not timed but allow 40 minutes.

    4. The e-Tray Exercise.

    5. Fast Stream Assessment Centre. Short-listed candidates will be invited to this event. It is a one-day assessment centre consisting of a series of written and group exercises and interviews held in London. A briefing document which explains the day and provides example exercises, will be made available from the Download Forms section of Maps and Forms.

    6. Final Selection. There is a further stage, a Final Selection Board or Assessment (Sift), but only for the Diplomatic Service, Houses of Parliament and Science & Engineering options along with the Technology in Business and European Fast Stream schemes.

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Civil Service United Kingdom Awards & Accolades

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Britain's Top 100 Graduate Employers (#8), The Sunday Times (UK), 2012

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Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
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The civil service helps the government of the day develop and deliver its policies as effectively as possible.

We work in three types of organisations – departments, agencies, and non-departmental government bodies (NDPBs). We cover a wide range of areas touching on everyone’s day-to-day lives, such as education, health and policing.

Because our organisations deal with so many different aspects of government, civil servants work in an enormous variety of roles. We’re politically impartial. Our workforce includes people who deliver crucial services direct to the... More

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