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London, England (UK)
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The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.
Home Office is a ministerial department, supported by 27 agencies and public bodies.

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    "Home Office. Immigration Enforcement"

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    I have been working at Home Office full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Working hours. Many Sections will consider compressed hours or working from home opportunities.
    Opportunities to take responsibility for large projects and gain valuable expereince that benefits in developing competencies for promotion.
    Many units within Immigration have annualised hours working. This gives a percentage of your salary for unsociable hours working.

    Cons

    Entirely dependant on where you are based and job function. Try to speak to someone within the team you intend to join for advice on working hours to make sure it is the right fit for you. Immigration Enforcement can be early starts and working extra hours may be necessary.

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Home Office Photos

Home Office photo of: Fancy Roof on the Home Office (Photo thanks to Geograph user Des Blenkinsopp, Some Rights Reserved)
Home Office photo of: Croydon: Lunar House, detail (Photo thanks to Geograph user Christopher Hilton, Some Rights Reserved)
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Home Office Interviews

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    Secretariat SO Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Home Office in August 2017.

    Interview

    The application form asks you to write scenarios that describe how you have demonstrated several key competencies for the role. For mine there were 6, and you can look at the competency framework to see the points you should cover in your examples.

    I got to interview stage having scored 7 out of 7 for each competency- "outstanding demonstration" so I obviously I safely assumed I'd managed to pick good examples for each.

    At interview I was given a surprise test (which wasn't supposed to be a surprise - just nobody had told me about it beforehand), which I think went okay in the circumstances.

    For the interview itself I was asked to describe scenarios that demonstrated the same competencies asked about on the application form, which is exactly what I expected. The interviewers had not seen my application form. Before my interview I spent a lot of time adding relevant details to my examples and essentially learning to articulate them verbally, whilst memorising the important points. I really wanted the job so didn't want to leave things to chance or mess it up.

    They ask you to "explain a time when...." then let you talk. When you've finished explaining they move on to the next question. I didn't get much prompting, nor was I asked anything else.

    Although I was a little nervous at the interview I was reasonably happy with how it went, I remembered the important points and structured my answers the same way I had in my application.

    I got an email a week after interview to say I'd been unsuccessful, which in itself is fair enough.
    I didn't understand why feedback statements talked of things such as "not answering the question" and "giving a confusing answer", since I'd used the same high- scoring examples as in my application and essentially repeated them ad verbatim with some extra details. I will certainly try to implement this feedback for my next application but I'm really not sure how.. Looking back at my preparation notes and memory of how it went and what I said, I'm really not sure how my answers were so unclear, or what more I could have done.

    I realise that this may just sound like sour grapes, and I guess to a certain extent it might be. What I cannot fathom is what they wanted, if it wasn't an example of something I've done using the STAR format and including the competencies they ask for.

    I consider myself to be reasonably humble and pragmatic, but I'm floored.

    I'll try again though, hasn't put me off completely.
    Next time I'll use totally different examples to see if it helps.

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    • Give me an example of when you changed and improved something   Answer Question
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Home Office Awards & Accolades

  • The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, The Times, 2016
  • Best use of Cloud Services, UK BCS IT Industry Awards, 2015
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