Civil Service United Kingdom
- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Civil Service United Kingdom full-time (more than an year)Pros
Good balance of interesting, varied work. Sensible working conditions. Recognition of skills over grade always staff to use own initiative.
Nice atmosphere at the office, with plenty of down to earth support.Cons
Bad organisation and a lot of inconsistencies and changes make delivering on long term projects difficult. More time spent talking than doing. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether the work done is good or otherwise. Not enough evidence used.
Some people do not do enough, some do too much.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Speak more often, outside of big meetings, to junior members of staff working on the details of projects if you want to understand the problems.RecommendsNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Civil Service United Kingdom.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.Interview Questions
Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
- Give me an example of a situation in which you dealt with ethnic minorities Answer Question
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...