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Cabinet Office Interview Questions

Updated Jul 3, 2018
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  1. Helpful (4)  

    Freelancer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I submitted a basic CV and went through one interview.

    Interview Questions

    • No really difficult questions. It was mainly focused on my experience.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It was fixed.


  2. Helpful (2)  

    Policy Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England (UK)) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Very relaxed interview, two interviewers who made me feel very at ease and comfortable. Plenty of explanation at the beginning as to what the process would be, clear instructions as to what was expected of me in my answers and what they would be looking for. The questions were all competency based and revolved around the responses I'd given in my application. Also asked why I wanted the role and the position and what my background was (their system is such that they can't see your CV or employment details - just your name).

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time that you have shown strategic vision.   1 Answer
  3.  

    Policy Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England (UK)) in August 2016.

    Interview

    Competency based, 4 or 5 questions reflecting the application form content. Clear guidance given, only two interviewers (good cop, bad cop), and only one interview in the process.

    Online system is good and fairly effective for applying and following the communications, but the application process to the Cabinet Office is agonisingly slow - too slow in fact. The whole process took over 2 months, from start to finish. Apologies were given initially for the delay in responding, but a decision some 2 weeks after interview is too slow, and fits the bill of cliched ovely-bureaucratic government work, which is very off-putting.

    Interview Questions

    • Provide an example of, delivering at pace, making effective decision... (and a few more)   Answer Question

  4.  

    Head of Communications Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England (UK)) in March 2016.

    Interview

    Very in depth however, sadly they did not know exactly what they wanted. They were very confused as to what approach they needed. I gave them several options that could be devised. The project is very ambitious and needs to be delivered in a very short period and there were no foundations.

    Interview Questions


  5.  

    First Line Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in City of Westminster, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (City of Westminster, England (UK)) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Interview on may 4th 2017 with Kieth Turnbull really nice guy made me at ease. I think it was supposed to be 3 people interviewing me as when heading to the interview room he asked two people to join but only one showed up. I had no idea what I would be asked, job description did not say nor anything found online so you can imagine how I felt. I assumed it would be in the competency questions asked in job app like previous jobs I had applied to, however this was not the case. Questions were more technical. I wasn't asked for passport documents etc even though message said to bring it. Interview was hard but Keith tried his best to help me which made it easier and didn't feel the pressure as I would if he hadn't. Great guy. There were other questions which were hard but can't remember. No offer yet, awaiting to hear from him.

    Interview Questions

    • Internet working but webpage doesn't load, how do you resolve this?

      What is DNS?

      What is VPN?

      A client wants Photoshop to be added but he doesn't have it with his current package, what steps do you need to take to get the client this application? (5points they look for)

      Angry client on the phone to you and he was told it would be fixed by certain time but it wasn't, what do you say to the client?

      Network down, what do you need to check?

      You are giving help remotely to the client by controlling his PC. But for reasons it is not connecting. What steps would you take to get to the root of the problem?

      Are you okay to send equipment to another office nearby outside this building?   Answer Question

  6.  

    Security Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    The process comprised of an online application form with online testing of Verbal Reasoning skills. There were 3 competency questions which were assessed on the application form which were 250 word statements against the three competencies they were performing the assessment against. The interview itself was a 45-50 minute interview which was very structured and focussed on competency based questions and strengths based questions. There was also a 5 minute presentation which is prepared in advance. There was little deviation from the questions on the form which were almost read out verbatim which gave the interview a very stilted and awkward feeling. This was done for fairness to ensure all candidates are asked the same questions for evaluation purposes but it made it more challenging to evaluate the role and the culture of the organisation as a candidate. Having said that the interview panel were friendly and explained the process clearly. The main complaint I had was that it took over 2 months for the results to be published by which time I had accepted another role. This is a shame as the Civil Service is looking for talent to increase the capability of security in government but in a fast moving market for cybersecurity skills has no doubt missed out on capable candidates due to the length of time to notify of results.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you bring to the Government Security Profession?   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (2)  

    Communications Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England (UK)) in April 2016.

    Interview

    I completed an application form that followed the standard Civil Service format of demonstrating how you met specified competencies. I was called for an interview a week after the advertised interview date.

    I was interviewed by a panel of three people (that ticked the diversity boxes: older white male, young white female, "BAME"). The first question I was asked was about my current job & role - unfortunately I am currently unemployed so this question threw me a bit and also made me feel like less of an individual that the employers wanted to get to know personally and more just part of the automatic machine of recruitment (although this is probably just the reality of recruitment in general!).

    The rest of the interview was fine and almost enjoyable: they were competency based questions. I had already run through all the core competencies and made sure I had a good cache of examples to draw on.

    They did not ask me about why I was interested in the role, or incorporate the role specifically into the questions which was a shame because I had researched the role and department thoroughly and I did not really have an opportunity to show this. Perhaps I should have been proactive in getting this across. I did try to shoehorn some of this in when they invited questions at the end.

    It was over a lot quicker than I anticipated, half and hour at the most.

    I requested feedback once I heard I was unsuccessful - it basically stated that I had a good application form and gave good answers but did not give any indication of what I could have improved or why I did not get the job, so I am in the dark about what I could have done better unfortunately. That is why I have given this a "neutral" rating, as I apparently did well but not well enough to get the job and I feel they could have been a bit more straightforward in their feedback in this regard.

    Interview Questions

    • "Can you give me an example of a time you had to e.g. get an idea across to your manager; prioritise your work and how you did it etc."   Answer Question
  8.  

    Business Analysis Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    No offer of water or any effort to put the interviewee at their ease. I had to ask may I sit down. Very stern approach as if you were in a court of law. Interview was competency based which leave very little room for creativity or opportunity to discuss your CV and personal skills only focused what you would do in certain situations. Way too structured for my liking.

    Interview Questions

    • Could you give me an example where you managed a difficult member of staff.   1 Answer

  9.  

    AO Support Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Cabinet Office in January 2018.

    Interview

    Applied online and heard back after 7 weeks. Was invited to an interview at the cabinet office. Was a 3 panel interview that felt very comfortable and like it went well. Questions asked were competency based, delivering at pace, quality of service and why I applied. Good overall feeling and waiting to hear back.

    Interview Questions

    • What are you currently doing as a job?
      Strengths and weaknesses?
      Biggest achievement?   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (1)  

    Band B2 Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Cabinet Office (London, England (UK)) in May 2013.

    Interview

    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.

    Interview Questions

    • We are now asking for competency X, please tell us a scenario when you have done Y demonstrating X   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Long.

    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.


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