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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Interview Questions

Updated Jul 18, 2018
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (New York, NY) in January 2014.

    Interview

    interveiw is very fair, they do a questionary by phone, from overseas, this mean its a fair and equal opportunity process, candidates are very fair classified by their skills, experience and ability, this means if you are the right person and qualified you could be confident of a positive selection

    Interview Questions

    • how do I manage difficult challenges   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    salaries are already set up, so you cannot negotiate it


  2. Helpful (1)  

    Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Applied online and received a brief phone call interview with HR who later set up the in-person interview. Interview consisted of meeting with the two people the position would mainly work under - HR played very little role in the actual interview process. I had to complete a brief writing test on a computer. Overall, a professional interview experience.

    Interview Questions

    • What news channels and periodicals I read on a daily basis (mostly because I just was not expected this question for the position)?   Answer Question
  3.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office in July 2015.

    Interview

    Sent in resume, received an email within 2 weeks, went into the office and interviewed. It was mostly situational questions. I was interviewed by two people, one who didn't work in the department. Worst part was that they took 3 weeks to get back to me with my rejection.

    Interview Questions


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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Hiring process is through the Embassy in Washington, your first contact will be a phone call from the HR department asking basic questions. Then an interview will be scheduled at the post you are applying for (there are 10 around the US). Typical questions for a BDA role will be economic development focused, event management, time management, and risk management.

    Interview Questions

    • If we hired you tomorrow, tell me how you would go about planning X event?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    NO NEGOTIATION. The posted salary is final - it's government!


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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (New York, NY) in July 2011.

    Interview

    applied online with cover letter, resume, recommendation. Was contacted by HR and asked various questions. After the phone interview i received opportunity to have a panel interview as well as an hour research assignment. The people were so friendly and really seemed to enjoy what they were doing. The office was in a great location.

    Interview Questions


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    Business Development Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (San Francisco, CA) in February 2017.

    Interview

    Pre-screened from Washington DC and kindly provided with an interview crib sheet. Received a friendly welcome and, as indicated, was asked a lengthy series of open-ended questions designed to dig into my background in quite a bit of depth. The panel of 3 seemed much more interested in sizing up my past interpersonal behavioral responses than whether I might be able to do the job advertised effectively. In fact the job itself was almost never discussed. Presumably getting to the interview stage means they are already convinced you can do the job. I suppose behavioral questions are par for the course if you will be representing government and meeting senior politicians/civil servants/diplomats. It took longer than they said to hear back and the message, though perfectly courteous, instructed me not to solicit feedback on the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation from your last job where xyz happened? How did you handle it and why?   1 Answer

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    Executive Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Atlanta, GA) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Very long time from start to finish. Phone pre-screening / interview, followed by 2 f2f interviews and then 3rd introductory interview/meeting. Each interview lasted about an hour. Written assessment after first f2f interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us about a time where you had to think outside of the box   Answer Question
  8. Helpful (5)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office in February 2012.

    Interview

    Interviews are competency based. You should come prepared to answer questions (with succinct examples from your past work experience) related to: team work, adaptability/flexibility, management, policy delivery, ability to communicate and influence.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate. Knowing the inflexibility on wages/leave there would not have been a benefit to negotiating.


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    Security Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Washington, DC) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Detailed, warm, friendly.


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    Vice Consul Public Diplomacy Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Houston, TX) in August 2008.

    Interview

    Was hired and worked on a special project. Most interesting.

    Interview Questions

    • Why I would change career to government position.   1 Answer

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