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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. We work with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU ... Read more

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    I have been working at Foreign and Commonwealth Office full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and great for entry level positions.

    Cons

    The pay is not relative to the job market in the metro area.

    Advice to Management

    Update pay scale so that it is competitive with the job market in the area.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Photos

Foreign and Commonwealth Office photo of: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London (Photo thanks to Geograph user Peter Trimming, Some Rights Reserved)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office photo of: The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, St James's Park (Photo thanks to Geograph user Ian Yarham, Some Rights Reserved)
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office photo of: British Consulate General - San Francisco, CA (Photo thanks to Flickr user zillapix All rights reserved.)
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Interviews

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    Trade and Investment Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Foreign and Commonwealth Office (San Francisco, CA) in April 2017.

    Interview

    External candidates come in for one 30-45 minute interview with a panel of 3 people. Asked about background, motivation for pursuing the opportunity and then competency based questions (tell about a time when you challenged your boss, lead a team, solved a problem creatively, etc).

    There is no phone screen or second stage interview -- so it may be the case that only interview external candidates to tick the policy boxes when they have already have an internal candidate lined up to fill the role. However, in my experience, the panelists seemed to be considering all candidates equally.

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards & Accolades

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

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