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- Career Opportunities
I have been working at HM Treasury full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
You are judged on ability and achievement not grade, age or background. Informal but professional, relatively young and unbureaucratic. Impressive, supportive and experienced senior management. Good variety of work. Excellent social networks and nice building with gym and decent canteen. Good pension, generous leave and flexible working patterns are encouraged.Cons
Some people find it hard to deliver consistent quality at pace, politicians can be demanding and idiosyncratic. Need to be resilient, mistakes can be very public. Slight monoculture of intense bright young things. Can be high pressured at peak times and people get stressed. Not many promotion opportunities but the very best get promoted quickly. Pay is less than in other departments but new intermediate grades have been introduced to address this.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Greater focus needed on leadership and management effectiveness rather than intellectual ability or drive.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at HM Treasury in July 2014.Interview Details
I applied for the role and was initially rejected. Out of the blue a month or so later, I received an email saying that despite having initially rejected my application, they had decided that due to a number of strong applications they had made a few more interview slots and I was invited to attend an assessment centre in a weeks time (very last minute notice!). The assessment centre consisted of a 1 hr 15 min written test, a 5 min presentation and 45 minute interview.
The general presentation topic was given in advance so you could do some background research, but the specific presentation question is given on the day. There's 45 mins to prepare for the presentation, during which time you are given a laptop to access the internet, a flip chart and pens. You then do the presentation in front of a panel of 3 senior Treasury people, who will cut you off at the 5 minute point. They ask a few questions about the presentation and issues surrounding the topic, then launch straight into the interview.
The interview is competency based and includes around 8 questions. The questions need you provide an answer that demonstrates your capability to fulfill a skill, and require a good example to show this. E.g. describe a time you had to build and maintain a relationship with key stakeholders, and how did you influence this relationship. You need a good example to show how you can do this. The questions are all quite difficult! Read through the compentency framework and think of examples you can use before going into the assessment centre.
For the written test we were given a laptop and brief. It consisted of writing a report for a fictional new Head of the Treasury, who wanted info on student loans and ways we might reduce the burden of them on the taxpayer. We were given about 9 different handouts (emails/news reports/articles etc.) all giving different ideas and opinions. The report required the info to be summarised according to the brief. It sounds easy enough but the handouts contained tons of info, with lots of facts and figures which was actually very difficult to produce any sort or report on in just 1hr 15 mins.
Some people did the written test first and then the presentation and interview, some did the presentation and interview first, followed by the written test.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsThe offer they gave was very good and I didnt see the need for any negotiation.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
- I cant remember as they were all very difficult and it was quite a blur. All are competency based questions. Answer Question
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