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Company Culture:
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Career Progression:
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Colleagues:
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Training:
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Enjoyment:
3.7/5
 
Overall Rating:
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Application Advice:

Tenacity is required to get onto the scheme, the application process is very long. Don't worry unduly if you do not get in first time, a failed first-run is the best preparation for a subsequent bid and will put you at an advantage against the others at FSAC/FSBs as unlike most of the competition you will know what to expect. The feedback from a failed run is also invauable for preparing for the following year's application round.

Interview Advice:

For the FSB, ensure that you research your specialism in respect to government. The FSAC interview tends to be about what you have done, the FSB tends to be about what government (rather than yourself) should do, be aware of this distinction.

Project Manager, Digital and Technology at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Research the Civil Service Competencies.

Interview Advice:

Rehearse examples of Civil Service Competencies.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Do all the practice tests, and preparation is 90% of the assessment centre.

Interview Advice:

Read the competency framework.

Policy Advisor, Higher Education Strategy, BIS at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Think carefully about whether you would take the job if you got it. While it looks good on paper, the practice is very different.

Interview Advice:

Keep calm and conserve your energy. It's a long day!

Organisational Delivery and Design Team Member, MoJ HR at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The process is very competitive- most applicants are lost at the numerical test so make sure you practice!

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and be honest.

Commercial Fast Streamer, CCS at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Make sure you fully research the application process before and practice the numerical, verbal reasoning and e-tray tests as much as you can before taking the real one.

Interview Advice:

Read up on the civil service competencies and prepare examples that demonstrate each of them.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice the tests and then try to be comfortably confident if you get through to the assessment centre.

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre, including the interview, is entirely competency based so read the civil service competency framework first.

Generalist, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be consistent and self-aware.

Interview Advice:

Be enthusiastic and know why you want a place on the Fast Stream, not just in the Civil Service as a whole.

European Fast Streamer, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice the online tests.
Prepare for the interview / assessment centre: digest the competency framework.
Don't worry if you are reapplying - having work experience somewhere else really helps with both the application process and the job

Interview Advice:

The day is really long - be prepared and don't worry if you need to find somewhere to go alone to prep for a few minutes during the day.
Don't let one section of the day that feels as if it went badly worry you too much. (I thought that I had failed based on my interview...the feedback said that it was my strongest area.)

Policy, Ministry of Justice at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practise the psychometric reasoning tests.

Interview Advice:

Work with the other candidates to show you are a team player. It isn't a competition between all the candidates.

Business Support, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practise psychometric tests as much as possible.

Interview Advice:

Work as a team.

Business Support, Digital and Technology at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice your verbal and numerical reasoning. The online application has a psychometric testing stage. It's not the best way of sifting candidates, but it does cut down numbers. Don't fall at this hurdle through a lack of simple preparation.

It's competitive - don't put all your eggs in one basket. Apply for other things too!

If you're BAME, from a socially or economically disadvantaged background, or disabled you can apply for the Fast Stream Summer Diversity Internship. It's a great pre-Fast Stream opportunity, where you're dropped into a department for a couple of months and live the Fast Stream life. It's great for gathering experience ahead of the Fast Stream Assessment Centre.

Interview Advice:

Read the Civil Service Competency Framework. Assessment Centre performances are marked largely against this.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be aware of the time commitments the job and related studies will require.

Fast Stream Internal Audit Trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice the tests and competency examples!

Interview Advice:

Policy exercise- both options are equally viable and time is limited, so pick one quickly and start finding evidence you need rather than spending time deciding.

Policy advisor, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Always think about the competencies that you are demonstrating.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Review the competencies that they are testing for at each stage of the process. Don't worry about being 'polished' or giving the answer you think they are looking for. Try and talk to someone who has been through the application process before. Don't give up - it's a long process!

Fast Stream Graduate, Private Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice each stage in advance to prepare.

Interview Advice:

Know the Civil Service Competencies and your examples.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Consider how your skills, knowledge and experience relate to the Civil Service Competency Framework. When pointing these out, always push yourself not just to state them but also to explain them and why they make you a stand-out candidate.

Interview Advice:

Relax and try to act naturally, like you would if you already worked for the organisation and you were in a meeting. Practise talking honestly about what interests you in the work and why you are a strong candidate - don't just regurgitate the competences, explain them in relation to concrete points of your application.

Higher Executive Officer (Development), European Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know what competences are being tested in each part of the assessment centre and have a clear picture of what you need to do.

Interview Advice:

Prepare some examples of how you demonstrated the competences tested in advance.

European Fast Stream Trainee, European at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

It takes a long time so be prepared for a wait.
If you have a disability etc., declare it if you want to as they are very supportive and willing to make reasonable adjustments

Fast Stream Graduate, Department for Transport at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Research the whole process, especially the assessment centre, thoroughly - speak to as many people as possible.

Be aware of the pros and cons of this role, and ensure you are happy to be involved in work that may be unpalatable at times.

Senior Policy Advisor, Various at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Interview Advice:

In the interview at the Fast Stream Assessment Centre they like to ask what you have learned from your experience and what you would change/do better next time. Self-reflection seems to be key.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Take your time
Need to be flexible.

Interview Advice:

Read all the info that's sent to you.

WSM, DWP at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read the civil service competencies.

Policy Advisor, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Speak to someone who has done the Assessment Centre to get tips.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice the numerical and verbal tests beforehand.

Interview Advice:

Think in terms of Civil Service Competency framework - but if you get to the assessment centre, you'll get a guide on all that.

Policy Officer, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Plenty of practice with verbal and numerical tests. Realise that verbal tests often require you to make inferences that are not 100% logically watertight, but can be assumed from the passage..

At assessment centres be calm, do everything to be calm.

Interview Advice:

STAR - situation, task, action, result. Answer every question in that format. Focus on the action part.

Fast Stream Graduate, Department of Health at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be prepared, there is plenty of guidance out there but the assessments really will test all your skills. You don't have to be from a certain background, this is about your skills and capacity.

Interview Advice:

Apply your experiences to the civil service competencies.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Interview Advice:

Prepare for competency based questions.

Fast Streamer, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The application process is quite lengthy (1 year from start of application to starting your new job) so you will need to maintain momentum and your interest in the job. You will need to be as enthusiastic for the job in September as in March.

Interview Advice:

The interview process was competency based, although I think this has changed to be strengths based now. Either way, there is a formula to Civil Service interviews so study their advice in advance to anticipate what questions you might be asked.

Policy Adviser, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare for the assessment centre thoroughly.

Finance Business Partner, Home Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Do your research, understand the core competencies and the civil service code. .

Interview Advice:

Learn about the STAR method for answering interview questions.

Policy Adviser, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Have patience! It's a long process.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Same as all grad schemes. Research organisation, prepare.

Interview Advice:

Prepare using Civil Service Competency Framework. STAR format.

Finance rotational graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The assessment centre really does test the sort of things you may find yourself doing. In the group scenarios where you have to persuade colleagues with different priorities to your point of view, behave as you would if it were real. The interviewers would much rather see someone who can put their point across firmly and politely while maintaining relationships with colleagues than someone who gets their own way by force. In real life that isn't a success.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself. In the competency questions talk about what you did personally and what that achieved, rather than what your team or others did.

Assistant Private Secretary, Ministry of Justice at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be enthusiastic and inquisitive.

Interview Advice:

N/a

Policy Adviser, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare for the selection process. There is a lot of good practice material online.

Interview Advice:

Read the civil service competencies and prepare examples of when you demonstrated them.

Policy advisor, EU at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Study all the guidance and information provided carefully - everything you need to know to succeed in the process is in there. The Civil Service Competencies inform everything you do in the job and how your performance is measured, not just how your application is judged, so it is important to understand them and be able to demonstrate them through your experience at this stage.

Interview Advice:

The focus is on demonstrating all the Civil Service Competencies through your experience so make sure you have a few good examples for each one.

Lead Strategic Commercial Manager, Commercial at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice online tests. Apply again if you don't succeed the first time.

Interview Advice:

It's all competency based so read the civil service competency framework.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read the civil service competency framework.

Change Manager, Operations at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Learn how to write and answer competency questions.

Interview Advice:

See above.

Manager, Climate Change at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read the competency framework.

Commercial Fast Stream, Crown Commercial Service at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Carry out extra practice on reasoning tests if you're worried.
Make sure you have a quiet space available for the exercises.
Prepare for the FSAC by getting yourself familiar with the information provided.

Interview Advice:

Interviewer does know your background/education/work experiences - so be clear in your examples and provide context at the start. Have many examples ready in your mind before the day.

Policy Advisor, Central Departments at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Adaptability and the capacity to work excellently with others are key.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Look up exactly what will be required in advance of each stage of the recruitment process (the information is publicly available and easy to get hold of), and take a good amount of time to prepare for it. Talk to people who've got through it (and people who haven't).

Interview Advice:

The actual interview itself will be almost entirely competency based. Make sure you understand what this type of interview involves, have a look at the civil service competency framework, and prepare examples in advance. Note however that it's only a small part of the application process.

European Policy at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The process is very fair and anyone can be successful. Find out as much as you can about each stage in the process before you complete it (try online forums like studentroom). Also, make sure you read the instructions for every exercise very carefully.

Interview Advice:

If you don't know what a competency based interview is then look it up before you do competency assessment exercises. This also applies to the questionnaire in the first stage.

Fast Stream Trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read the Civil Service Competency Framework and attempt to understand the variety of work undertaken by the Civil Service.

Productivity and Efficiency Adviser, Productivity and Efficiency at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare for the online tests - too many good candidates fail here because they don't take this seriously enough.

Interview Advice:

Enjoy it - they're looking for someone who would enjoy working for the civil service.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be aware of the time windows for test and prepare well for the online tests. Think carefully about which scheme will be the most relevant to you.

Interview Advice:

Focus on acting confidently and collaboratively and take time to think when answering questions.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

There is extensive advice on the website- other than that, be yourself.

Interview Advice:

As above.

Middle manager, (regularly changes) at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

It's different to other graduate application processes so make sure you get as good an understanding of what the exercises as you can - it will save you time in the assessment centre.

It's more skills than knowledge based.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Interview Advice:

Try not to worry about how you did during a previous part of the day, just focus on the next section and try to do your best.

Aviation Policy, Department for Transport at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice, practice, practice the numerical and verbal reasoning tests.

Interview Advice:

Read the Civil Service Competency Framework over and over again, and then link back to competencies in the interviews.
Be enthusiastic!

Civil Service Fast Streamer, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

If you are not able to work autonomously with little management support in new environment it wouldn't be for you!

Interview Advice:

They very much focus on leadership qualities - look at the civil service competencies before you take part in the interview.

Advisor, Secondment at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Don't be put off by the fact that it's the public sector and the pay may not be comparable to the private sector (despite my comment above). The scheme offers a unique chance to network and develop, building expertise in areas valuable inside and outside of government and this is more than worth it for four years of a lowered salary. The expectation is that by the end of the four years you will be able to leave the scheme as a well-rounded individual who would be a highly-valued asset in both the public and private sectors with a competitive salary to match.

The application process may seem long (lasting around six months in total) but it's worth applying for and persevering with as the Fast Stream offers a brilliant opportunity.

Interview Advice:

Try to familiarise yourself with the Civil Service Competencies (easily searchable on Google/Bing), these set-out the traits expected of a model civil servant. Ahead of the assessment centre/interview try to think of personal examples that can be related to each of these competencies and prepare some responses in case you are asked on these.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Study ahead of the online numerical and verbal reasoning tests - they can really catch you out.

Be yourself at the Assessment Centre and remain calm - it's a tough day but panicking will have a negative impact on the rest of the day.

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare understanding and examples of all civil service competencies.

Policy advisor, Policy at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Take time to go through the guidance regarding the process - what happens at each stage, where you might be able to practice tests online etc. Also, although a large number of applicants and fast streamers are relatively fresh out of university, don't be afraid to give it a go if you have already been working in other sectors and are a little older - the opportunities it provides are fantastic, and with a little more worldly experience you are likely to be better placed to take advantage of them.

Interview Advice:

Think about the civil service competencies and how your experience can be framed in terms of these indicators. Use STAR approach.

Fast Stream Graduate, Health at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The application takes a long time and the tests are best done with peace and quiet. Research the competencies beforehand, and do the practice tests that are available online.

Try applying for as many roles as possible that look interesting, you would be surprised at the specialist schemes you may find yourself interested in.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you understand the civil service competencies (the guidelines are available online), and have several good examples for these. They don't have to be from work.

Try to talk to someone currently on the scheme.

Digital and Technology Fast Streamer, Digital and Technology at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Do applications for other graduate schemes for practice, even if you have no interest in them. I did the Deloitte application as practice.

Interview Advice:

Try to do a mock assessment centre if your university offers one. At the group exercise, remember that the point of it is to show that you can work well in a group, not to bully your policy position to the top! Make sure that you have good competency examples ready for the interview.

Criminal Courts Policy Advisor, Ministry of Justice at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

It is a long application process (but rightly rigorous) which should be taken one step at a time. Do the practice tests, and don't panic if you don't do too well on them. Take the real tests in a quiet environment where you won't be disturbed or timed out. Be patient with the results process, which depends on how well other candidates are performing.

There is advice published on gov.uk for how to approach the Assessment Centre, this is comprehensive and a lot more detailed than many schemes give about what to expect at interview. I also studied for example the Student Room which gave some candidates' insight into the process and found this useful. At the assessment centre keep calm and focussed. It is a good insight into the demands of the job.

Interview Advice:

Civil Service interviews are based on the Civil Service competency framework, which is also available on gov.uk. The assessors are looking to tick off each of the "desired behaviours" on the list at HEO/SEO level, so make life easy for them and stick to this schema, using the STAR technique to illustrate your examples. Focus on what you specifically did, what your thought processes were i.e. why it wasn't coincidence, why it was challenging and what the outcome was. Prepare a couple of different examples for each competency which you can draw upon. Standard interview tips also apply!

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be clear and articulate about why working for government is important to you. The process is long, but don't give up!

Policy Advisor, Water Quality, Defra at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Interview Advice:

Be yourself! There really isn't a civil servant "type".

Graduate Fast Stream, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare answers to competency based questions in advance.

Interview Advice:

Be honest about your abilities and what skills you need to develop.

Planning Manager, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Give yourself plenty of time and a quiet place. Don't leave it until the last day - you never know when internet gremlins will strike or something unexpected happens.

Interview Advice:

Prepare, be clear on your evidence and be yourself.

HR, Defra at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice tests beforehand.
Think outside the box for e-tray.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.
Why you wanted to join civil service?
Prepare beforehand with competency framework.

Graduate Fast Stream, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Give solid examples about how you meet the competencies. Make the examples quantifiable where possible. If you have the experience required for the role, you have a strong chance in getting it. If you happen to have a stats/maths degree, this role is definitely within reach. Draw on the complex things you have encountered in your degree, and present them in a simplified and uncomplicated way to show your deep level of understanding.

Interview Advice:

Read about the civil service values and understand how they relate to the position. Honesty, impartiality and integrity are crucial in government statistics, and understanding these principles will really help in interview and in the role.

Be ready to answer questions about maths/stats at interview! Go over basic statistical concepts and practice explaining them to someone who may not come from a stats background. Familiarise yourself with the competencies you will be assessed on, and prepare topics/examples to talk about. Talk about projects you are involved in which aren't necessarily stats based, but which demonstrate the civil service values (such as volunteering).

Statistical officer, Migration statistics at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prep well beforehand for the competency interview having varied examples to hand from different experiences.

Interview Advice:

Travel the night before, it is quite an intense day so best to be well rested!

Assistant Statistician, Performance Insight at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

When giving examples of your experience, think about the impact of the work you did, and how you could have done things differently. When you're writing about your analytical experience, don't just quote that you had a high mark on an exam or a piece of coursework at university; give examples of projects, how you chose specific techniques, how you checked that your methods were sound, etc. Specific examples are always better than generic statements.

Interview Advice:

Again, give specific examples of your experience. Think about why you've chosen the civil service and why you've chosen your specific scheme.

Assistant Statistician, Department for Transport at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

- Be thorough, consider the questions in light of the competency framework that you'll be marked against. Find other literature that provide advice on how to write your answers, the internet is genuinely your friend and there'll be loads of places that pr

Interview Advice:

The Civil Service Fast Stream Assessment Centre is really difficult - but you can prepare for it, and it will be worth it. Do loads of reading prior to the FSAC, ensure that you have a good grasp of key political and business issues (which hopefully you will have already from pre-existing interests or your education). But remember, that the FSAC whilst long, and tiresome, contains some generic parts.

Generic parts are: one on one interview (although come armed with examples which demonstrate the competencies) - but think about how you would perform well at any interview and group exercise (I used the internet to figure out optimal behaviour(s) and think about how to organise the discussion before hand.).

As for the other parts, I ensured that I was 'commercially' savvy and on the ball with any key considerations for broader central government issues/ initiatives.

Assistant Statistician, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Freestyle analytical thinking is more important than knowledge of specific techniques once you're in post - but the opposite is true for the interview and application process (at least currently). Brush up on the techniques you know, but don't think you'll just be doing hardcore number-crunching all day, as there's plenty of stakeholder engagement, project management-y things to do as well.

Interview Advice:

The group exercise isn't a place for sharks - you'll excel if you're relaxed, engaging with others and communicate well, not just if you get your own way. Before you go in there'll be some rumour murmurs of "they look for hand gestures to show good body language" or other such hokum; don't take these to heart and behave unnaturally!

Family Resources Survey Publication Manager, DWP: Data and Analytics at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Look into how government works and how policy decisions are made. Think about what the evidence is which underpins a published document, and that should help with an understanding of working life in the Civil Service. I joined via the fast stream and have progressed since then.

Interview Advice:

Try to speak to people who work within the civil service already - those on the fast stream etc. There is an assessment exercise for joining the fast stream, within which an interview is one aspect.

Economic Advisor, Dept of Education -Strategic Analysis & Research at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Go for it, very interesting. Fast-stream assessment can be a bit of a faff.

Interview Advice:

Be relaxed, try to find out as much as you can in advance.

Assistant Economist, Education at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Ensure that you revise your statistical techniques and understand assumptions/ basic principles of statistical theories. Only score yourself highly in techniques you feel comfortable talking about in interview. Think of times when you have had to apply these techniques and work this into your application.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared to do a short presentation on some data that you are given on the day. Be confident about your anwers and take time to think about the questions and your response. Be vocal in the Fast Stream assessment centre and draw upon good examples where possible.

Assistant Statistician, Statistics at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practise practise for the online tests. Once you get past these, assessment is competency-based, so find the competency framework online and have good examples ready.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Understand how a competency-based interview will work - it was the hardest part of the process. Also - many candidates succeed on their second, or third applications. It's never too late to think of joining the Fast Stream - the average age is 25 - despite it billing itself as a grad scheme.

Policy Manager, Business, Innovation and Skills at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Don't try to anticipate what answer is required - the Fast Stream is supposed to attract a wide range of applicants so answer honestly.

Interview Advice:

Keep calm, and come prepared with real life/work examples.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Learn as much as possible about both the Fast Stream and the way Fast Streamers are expected to learn and develop, including Civil Service Competencies. This doesn't mean listening to rumours or 'horror stories', but, if you do get a chance to speak to a current Fast Streamer, try and get a good understanding of how the job actually works. . I think it is easy to focus on tips for the day, but you will feel a lot more confident during the process if you don't feel in the dark.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have examples for the Civil Service Competencies.

Don't treat the assessment centre like a test, act how you would if it was a day at work.

Follow the Fast Stream on Twitter, they tweet tips from current Fast Streamers.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

A good foundation in intermediate micro and macroeconomics are pre-requisites for a role with the Government Economic Service. However you must also be ably to apply these concepts to real-world issues and understand how the government might design intervention to address certain market failures.

Interview Advice:

Try to get plenty or rest beforehand - the assessment centers for the Fast Stream schemes are an exhausting experience. Also, make sure you have examples to hand to demonstrate the required competencies (as outlined in the interview pack you will received). Structured, clear answers will get you a long way.

Economist, Office of Rail Regulation at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Demonstrate a range of competencies and desire to work in the Faststream

Interview Advice:

Practice competency examples and have plenty prepared

Assistant Economist, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice the numerical and verbal reasoning tests.

Interview Advice:

The interview is purely competency based, so think up your examples (in detail) beforehand.

Policy Advisor, DWP at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Take your time to complete each activity, keep on top of the different deadlines and practice the numerical and logical tests.

Interview Advice:

Before the interview, think of a range of examples and scenarios so that you have plenty to say and don't have to repeat yourself.

Fast Stream Trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be patient - application process is lengthy.

Interview Advice:

Competencies are assessed at various times throughout the day at the assessment centre. Don't worry if one task goes badly as you will be able to demonstrate your abilities at the other sessions.

HR Business Partner, Chief People Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice numeracy tests and get some experience of reading and writing under time pressure for the intray exercise.

Interview Advice:

Look up the Civil Service Competency framework. For the interview, prepare multiple, detailed examples of times you have demonstrated the relevant competencies. Get experience of working cooperatively in groups, analysing large amounts of information and writing under time pressure.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

It takes a long time but stick with it!

Practice tests for the online numerical and verbal reasoning are well worth doing and you will improve quickly if you do these.

Interview Advice:

Remember they're looking for you to evidence the Civil Service competencies, which are given to you in advance and widely published - so make sure you've got some clear examples to call on.

The interviewers will help you to draw these out by asking leading questions.

Marketing Manager (on secondment), Secondment at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Do your research, there's lots of information about the application process out there. Relax, it's quite a long process!

Interview Advice:

Think about real life examples that back up the claims you make and think in advance about how this matches up with the civil service competency framework.

Generalist Faststreamer, Generalist Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare: research online, go to the talks available.

Interview Advice:

Research the competency framework and prepare a couple of examples for each and be prepared to elaborate and have follow up questions.

Assistant Economist, Transport at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Process very fair; enjoy, practice numerical/verbal tests/thinking on your feet with friends.

Interview Advice:

Use names, eye contact, figures in arguments

Work Programme Strategy Adviser, Labour Market at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare for the psychometric tests and try and get in contact with people on the Fast Stream so you have a good understanding of what the scheme involves.

Interview Advice:

- In the assessment centre, be the sort of person you would want to work with.
- In the self-reflection forms, be really honest. They are looking for people who are self-aware and know how they can develop.
- In the analytical tasks, use the evidence.

Fast Stream Policy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be open minded about the departments that you are willing to work in.

Interview Advice:

Consider the Civil Service competencies in detail and think of examples for each.

Business Support Team Manager, DWP at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Look up the civil service competencies and keep referring back to them.

Interview Advice:

Look up the civil service competencies and keep referring back to them.

Operational Researcher, Food Standards Agency at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

You may not get in the first time, but you can always apply again

Fast stream trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be very specific about what you did when giving examples in your application form.

Interview Advice:

The Interviews have changed slightly since I did them!

Operational Research Analyst, Home Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Make sure you read CS competency framework

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have a good night of sleep before!

Leadership and Management Development Consultant, HR at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare as well as you can, and be patient - it is a long process!

Policy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Interview Advice:

Read up on the civil service competency framework, as this is how you'll be assessed.

Policy Advisor, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice online tests and E-tray! Relax at assessment centre.

Interview Advice:

Worth preparing answers that relate to recent experience of displaying competencies.

Continuous Improvement Lead, Criminal Casework, Immigration Enforcement at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice for assessment centres

Interview Advice:

Practice for assessment centres

Operational Researcher, Home Office Science at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The application is long and seems to go on for ever. However, it is really worth it and does pay off in terms of results.

Interview Advice:

The assessment centre can seem daunting, but as long as you prepare in advance, the important thing is to try to enjoy the day and make the most of your time.

Strategic Finance Advisor, UKTI at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read up as much as possible about the process and the different stages; use the Situation, Task, Action, Result format for your examples in application forms.

Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Really think about why you want to be a Fast Streamer

Digital Service Manager, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Apply early on and allow sufficient time to filter through each stage.
Don't be disheartened if you don't succeed first time around - most people don't!

Interview Advice:

Research the civil service, including current hot topics and contentious issues. For instance, try the civil service blog or online magazine Civil Service Quarterly

Corporate Service Reform Project Lead, Department of Business, Innovation & Skills at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Know the fast stream competencies well and make sure you demonstrate them at the assessment centre.

For economists - revise 1st year economics and practice explaining concepts in layman's terms.

Assistant Economist, Home Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practising online tests in advance of starting the application is important. The assessment centre is deliberately designed to assess you as a person rather than how well you have prepared so being yourself is probably the best advice anyone can offer.

Interview Advice:

They focus quite a lot on your motivation to join the civil service so try and have a clear answer to this, preferably something that stands out and avoids the typical public sector cliches. The rest is largely competency based so knowing the competencies and preparing examples in advance would be advisable.

Key Threat Manager, NOMS at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Take your time over the application form, read it through afterwards and get someone else to read it.
Do the practice stuff that is provided on the website.

Interview Advice:

Read the guidelines for the assessment centres at least a week before as preparation is needed.
Prepare things to talk about interviews and read up on current events in government.
Asked about contribution to a team and changing of a practice.
Asked about presenting and presuading someone to my point of view.
Asked about extra curricular activities.
Have multiple things to talk about i.e: not just uni

Orperational Research Analyst, Home Office / Operational Research at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read all of the information sent out by the Fast Stream on the Assessment Centre as it gives you all of the information you need. Do lots of practice psychometric tests to get used to how they work.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you prepare some answers for the interview - it's competency based and the civil service like answers to be framed using the CAR or STAR method.
Questions I was asked:
A time when you've worked in a diverse environment
A time when you identified a development need and worked to do something about it
A time when you had to juggle conflicting deadlines

Rotational Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Take application very seriously from start to finish. There are a lot of people who make it a goal of theirs to get through to the Fast Stream, and will do the same.

Interview Advice:

Discuss examples where you demonstrated each of the Civil Service competencies (can be found online).

Discuss motivation for joining the Fast Stream, and what you expect it to like.

Campaigns Office, HM Revenu and Customes at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice for the numerical reasoning test if you have not done maths for a while.

Interview Advice:

During the exercises - pace yourself. You will be given a lot of information to work with, so try to identify the most important bits and do not get bogged down too much in the small details.

For the interview make sure to familiarise yourself with the Civil Service Competencies and make reference to these when discussing your previous experiences.

Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Remember that you're not competing against the other candidates, you just need to show the best version of yourself and what you are capable of.

Interview Advice:

Don't think you have to win/be the best at everything. You will have good parts of the interview process and bad parts, just take a deep breath and move on to the next thing.

Fast Streamer, Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Try not to get too flustered on the e-tray exercise and practice for the numerical and verbal reasoning.

Interview Advice:

Read up on the civil service competencies and be prepared for questions on them, treat each exercise as a seperate event

Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice verbal and numerical tests online

Interview Advice:

Try to enjoy the day and relax
Just be yourself, rather than behaving how you think the assessors are looking for

Policy Advisor, Department of Communities and Local Government at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Obviously everyone says this, but they really aren't looking for a particular person, just a person who demonstrates they have a set of skills. So relax and show you can pass the tests, don't pretend to be a 'civil servant'

Interview Advice:

Look at the criteria properly before you go in and try to think of ways in which you have previously displayed the skills required.

Business Change Manager, Contract Compliance at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read the civil service competency framework and learn it inside out, the application really is entirely based upon that, as are subsequent career moves inside the civil service

Interview Advice:

All competency based. FSAC is intense but remember that it's a co-operative exercise, and everyone in your particular group could potentially go through. The assessors are reasonably senior civil servants that, generally, don't do this job all year round and they aren't out there to try and trip you up.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Keep track of when you need to complete the next section, and check out the application guide written by Fast Streamers.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you know the competencies well, and have examples of how you fit them.

Fast Stream Trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Do lots of practice tests online for the initial tests - some websites have free practice tests and I found these really helped.

Interview Advice:

Go through the civil service competencies and try to think of examples of things you have done which demonstrate these. In the group exercise don't just try and doggedly argue for your view - they are looking at how well you include others in a discussion as well as the way that you can put forward an argument.

Fast stream trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be yourself and try to show your uniqueness.

Interview Advice:

Use the STAR technique:
S=Situation
T=Task
A=Action
R=Result

Education Policy Manager, Workforce Development Strategy, Department of Health at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be organised in the application process as it is quite protracted. Ensure you read up on all the competencies required and think about how you can demonstrate you have met these.

Private Pensions at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

All about your competencies so focus on that!

HM Treasury at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

speak to people who have successfully passed the assessment, think of examples for the interview, practice to write policy briefs

Interview Advice:

think of examples for each competency

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Try to have fun at the social research and fast stream assessment centres - you have to ration energy carefully. The level of technical knowledge required is not that high; the main difficulty lies in the other areas of the application process.

Interview Advice:

Interviews are very strctured and focus on competencies. Have examples of times you have demonstrated these competencies memorised and make sure you have a veriety of examples to draw on (i.e. not all university work)

Social Researcher, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice, practice, practice online tests

Interview Advice:

Treat interviews and assessment centres like a day at work, be professional and focussed and dont 'act' a part if it isnt you.

Know competencies and how you fit into them with your experience.

Project manager, Digital and Technology at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Just focus on each stage of the application without panicking about the next. It is a long process, but focusing on each stage as it comes along helps you to get through it.

Interview Advice:

Just be yourself, and relax, and eat breakfast ahead of it! It's a full day at an assessment centre, so having as much energy as possible is important.

Assistant Economist, Health and Safety Executive at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Even though the application process is vigorous, try it anyway.
Practice the tests in advance.
Prepare well for the assessment centre by familiarizing yourself with the competency framework.
Take it one step at a time.

Interview Advice:

Competency-based interview so look at the framework for an idea of the questions.

In addition to interview, there are written exercises, a leadership/oral briefing exercise and a group exercise. Think about preparation for these as well.

Commercial Analyst, Commercial at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read up on the civil service competencies and do the practice tests online

Interview Advice:

look at the Fast Stream application guide, learn the competencies, and practise interviewing where you give examples of how you demonstrate the competencies

Assistant Economist, Intellectual Property Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Make sure you know before you sign up what your time allowance is for each task. On multiple choice sections, put down an answer quickly and then come back to review if you have time at the end.

Interview Advice:

Prepare to describe how different experiences you have had have led you to develop different skills. Think of answers in reference to the competency framework.

Project management lead, Allocations team, National College for Teaching and Leadership, DfE at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare fully - this is not an assessment process you will just walk through and unlike experiences at university.
Understand the skills being looked for and how to best convey them.
Get real life experience - a degree will not be enough.
Be calm if you get through to the assessment centre, take each part as a separate exercise.
It is not a competitive process in terms of beating other candidates - yes, the best get picked, but you need to work together on some tasks to reach best outcomes.

Interview Advice:

See Civil Service Competency Framework and in the guidance pack find out which competencies are being assessed.

Fast Stream, Civil Service Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice for the online tests.
In the written assessments really think about who your audience is and what the critical information is for them to make a decision. Work on the Must know, Should know, Could know basis - get the must down first, then should if it will fit, and put the coulds in an annex if you include them at all.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you have a concise example of showing leadership which you are ready to give - they almost always ask for one.

Single Source Procurement Regulations Commercial Policy Support, Commercial Policy at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Relevant experience is key - be detailed and honest with your examples

It's a long process especially for the streams with Final Selection Boards (FSB) like the DaT scheme.

Interview Advice:

Be honest - the FSAC (Fast Stream Assessment Centre) is a tough process but really digs in to your strengths and weaknesses so there is little point trying to pretend to be someone you're not.

Read up on current government initatives so you can apply your experience and knoweldge to what is currently being done. The blogs on Gov.uk are a great place to start for this

Read about the competency framework. You shouldn't tailor your performance to meet it but it's good to be aware of how you're being assessed.

DaT Fast STream Trainee / Data Exploitation Project Analyst, Digital and Technology Fast Stream / DWP IT CTOO at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read all the guidance available on gov.uk and using the Civil Service Fast Stream (UK) Facebook page. Expose yourself to as many life experiences and broaden your mind as much as possible before applying.

Organisation Development, Human Resources at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Applying for the HR scheme doesn't require a specific degree, and suprisingly a lot of people who apply for the job don't know much about politics.

I'd advise you to do less research on who you're MP is, and familarise yourself with the civil service competencies, as these are what you are judged on.

Interview Advice:

You're tested on some many diffrent things in the assessment centre (the interview is only a small part) that all you can really do is try and hone all your skills. This includes writing, numerical, interview and group work.

Policy Consultant, Large Department at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The initial stages, including the online tests, are designed to measure raw cognitive ability but the sad fact is people improve with practice and thus these 'objective' tests can be subverted by adequate preparation. The assessment centre is a very long day of intensive activity. You are measured not on 'competence' but 'competencies' which are illusive by uniformly applied performance standards utilised within the civil service. If you are able to speak to an existing civil servant about the 'process' involved in demonstrating how you have met these competencies, you will be well placed to

Policy Advisor, Policy at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Think about the competencies being looked at and think about how you have demonstrated them in the past.

Assistant Economist, DWP at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The assessment centres are quite reflective of things you may do in the job - if you don't enjoy the assessment centre, you may not enjoy the role.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Communication skills are probably the most sought after. Knowledge and expertise are of little use if you can't share them with others.

Interview Advice:

The Fast Stream assessment centre is a long day filled with time-pressured exercises. It's important to be well rested beforehand and to have enough to eat and drink.

Policy Adviser, HM Treasury at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

the application is rigorous and tough - use the website to prepare as much as you can

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice the numerical and verbal reasoning tests, make sure you have good examples for the competency interview and be yourself; they aren't trying to trip you up, they're looking for people who have the potential to work in the sector.

Interview Advice:

Just make sure you look at the Civil Service Competency Framework and that you have good examples of each!

BBC Policy Adviser, Department of Culture, Media and Sport at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Watch out for the e-tray; it can be a touch confusing.

Interview Advice:

Prepare carefully and think about the competencies the Civil Service is looking for; be sure to provide robust examples.

Portfolio Analyst, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practise the online assessments as many times as you can before you sit them.

Interview Advice:

Always talk about your personal contribution, not what the team or group as a whole achieved.

Government Property Profession Secretariat, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

They say that you can't prepare for the Fast Stream Assessment Centre - but you can!! Read everything you can find online and speak to as many people who have been though the process as possible. This means that you'll know what to expect, and have an idea about the competencies they are looking for you to demonstrate at each stage.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself - the best thing about working in the public sector is that they don't expect you to fit into any particular mould.

Policy adviser, Department for Education at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare for the numerical reasoning tests by using free online tests available - there are also loads of practice books you can get.

Interview Advice:

Read the latest guidance, and prepare competency answers.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Give it a go

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Speak to people who have done it before and look online for tips.

Interview Advice:

Prepare, the assessments are very tricky.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare for competency-based challenges at assessment centres and collabaration and communication skills.

Think about the Fast Stream role and be able to explain how it fits them and how they see themselves in it.

Interview Advice:

Prepare multiple examples of strong performance in difficult environments (e.g. working against a deadline, working with a difficult colleague) and tailor them to the Civil Service Competency Framework which you can find online.

Economist, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

practice for the online tests well in advance - some numerical skills you have may be a bit rusty and you need to respond quickly.
Answer the questions asked and in the style requested
Be concise but provide enough information
don't forget you can draw on all experiences from your life, not just job related.

Interview Advice:

Be concise, open, honest and friendly - don't waffle and do ask for clarity if required
If challenged be polite but firm if you disagree - not defensive
Be prepared to reflect on anything you have learnt from your experiences
Don't stick to the same example (no matter how amazing) it is good to show a little variety
Negative experiences are ok as long as you can demonstrate some learning from them

Senior Research Officer, Government Social Research at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Do lots of practice tests online to prepare for the numerical and verbal reasoning tests!

Interview Advice:

Look up the Civil Service Competencies and think of some examples you could talk about to demonstrate these. It doesn't matter what experience you have or what examples you use, as long as you can reflect on them and relate them back to the competencies.

Fast Streamer, Corporate Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare thoroughly, and get a good night's sleep before the final assessment. Don't be dishearted by getting knocked out the first round or the second round. If you want it, pursue it.

Interview Advice:

Be honest, and take your time in answering.

Change Integration Manager, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice the tests!

Interview Advice:

Read the guidance properly and prepare a variety of examples against the competencies

Fast Stream, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Do your homework on the scheme - prep on the tests, find out about different departments. Get a good night's sleep before assessment centre!

Interview Advice:

Have a good set of example you are comfortable with for each of the competency questions.

Strategy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. The application process for the Fast Stream is quite long and there are lots of steps so trying to be someone you're not will always get found out. Better to show who you really are and why you would be good at the job.

Interview Advice:

Prepare yourself well. Research how to answer questions in a competency based interview. They are very different to normal interviews and if you've never experienced them before, it's as well to try and get in some practice so that nothing unexpected throws you off your stride.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

work on skills beyond purely academic achievement

Interview Advice:

be calm under pressure

Assistant Economist, Local Growth at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Prepare thoroughly for the assessment.e.g. practice interviews, group exercises. Be confident on the day and believe in your ability; do not give up if any of the exercises don't go so well as you can make up for it in other exercises.

Interview Advice:

Prepare 2-3 examples for each competency so that you can shape any of them into an effective response.

Policy advisor, Education at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Carefully read the briefing materials provided and prepare accordingly, especially for the assessment centre.

Interview Advice:

The interview is competency-based. Make sure you know which competencies are being assessed and use a STAR model to prepare your answers.

Digital and Technology Trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice with the online tests, know some background to the scheme you are applying for.

Interview Advice:

Go through the competency framework and make sure to have several potential examples for each. Be enthusiastic about your views and application, be happy arguing your point but not overly pushy.

DaT, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Really learn the competency framework so you understand what they are looking for

Interview Advice:

Match your experiences to the exact competencies they are looking for in the interview and make sure you have a different example for each one.

Faststreamer, Department for Work and Pensions at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Focus on the competencies - make sure you link everything back.

Interview Advice:

Examples of when you have worked in a team, overcome challenges etc.

Consultation Manager: EPBD Policy, DCLG at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Make sure you fully read up on the process beforehand (this information is provided by the civil service recruitment team) as there are many tasks and it's best to know what you're going in to. It's a long day so get a good nights sleep and a good breakfast and don't get put off if you feel you've messed up on one part of it - there are so many different sections that are all assessed you can do less well on one and still be fine - just concentrate on the others.

Interview Advice:

Ask what a civil servant does? Competency based interview questions - get to know them and have some examples ready.

Policy Advisor, Policy at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The whole application process is designed very carefully to identify the best people for the role, so there's not much you can do to prepare. Know what they're looking for. Be patient - it's a long process.

There is very little you can do to prepare for the Assessment Centre. Lots of current Fast Streamers weren't successful the first time, and found that the best preparation you can do is having done it once before. So if you aren't successful first time, don't give up! Talk to people who have done it before, and read all the advice you can find, so you feel as prepared as possible for what the day will involve.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The assessment is very much competency-based - past experience and achievements count for nothing in themselves and need to be translated into evidence to support a particular competency, so plan for that in advance. Having said that, a wide range of experience of the commercial world and extra-curricular activities etc will be really helpful in building up a wide range of examples of times when you've displayed a particular competency.

Interview Advice:

It's very much like any other graduate assessment centre - there shouldn't be any particular surprises or pitfalls.

HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Really think about how you can best demonstrate the competencies being asked for.

Interview Advice:

Really think about how you can best demonstrate the competencies being asked for.

Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Research and don't be put off by the psychometric tests as you can practice these.

Deputy Head of Recruitment, Recruitment at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice, practice, practice before doing the online tests at the beginning of the application process. If you don't get through this hurldle then you'll have to wait a whole year to start the application again.

Speak to people who have been through the process - either via people you know or on places like The Student Room. It is really valuable to hear what they found difficult etc.

Fast Streamer, Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Think about the examples you can show from wider contributions and not just university. It is not essential to have extensive experience of carrying out research so don't let this put you off.

Interview Advice:

Try and be yourself and not what you think a typical civil servant should be. The interviewers are looking to get as much out of you as possible in the interview and not trick you in any way. There are several activities throughout the assessment centre, the interview is one of the few you can go in prepared for. Make sure you have thought through your strongest examples and practices structuring them in the STAR (situation, Task, Action, Result) format.

Social Research Analyst, HM Revenue and Customs at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Have some good examples for the competencies, it doesn't have to be policy or government related.

Try and be different, have personality and don't be afraid of being idealistic and passionate about making a change.

Interview Advice:

I was asked about drive, teamwork, leadership.

In Government we place HOW as well as WHAT in equal importance when we measure our work and output. So listening carefully, dealing with conflict, being likeable are all important traits to us.

Fast Streamer, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

I found it useful to read the advice on the Faststream website in great detail and then read about the work of different departments. I then asked my family to do practise sessions with me ahead of the assessment centre (the detail about the assessment centre is on the website) ie my family would choose a subject from the newspapers amd I would have to talk about possible solutions (and then do it again with different solutions). This really helped me to think about the different issues that the civil service faces and to start thinking about how I could structure my thoughts and a coherent argument.

Interview Advice:

The most useful thing I found was practise - I asked my family to give me practise interviews talking about what I had done at uni. The Faststream website gives details on the competencies required- so I did notes of how I had shown each competency and then in the practise interviews I used these examples. I found this really useful also from a confidence perspective as I find interviews very stressful- so just practising the interview helped me be more relaxed about the process.

Policy Advisor -Internal Audit, Government Policy, Department of Communities and Local Government at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Become as familiar as possible with the competency framework, and the sub-points for each competency, so that everything you do in the application process relates as closely as possible to the competency being assessed.

Interview Advice:

Ensure that you know what competency each question is assessing, and tailor your answer as carefully and as clearly as possible to the competency descriptions.

Government Social Researcher, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Assessment Centre (shared with Civil Service) is very challenging. Be prepared to apply more than once.

Interview Advice:

At interview try to be unflappable - questions are designed to see how you react outside of your comfort zone and when challenged to think on your feet. Remember to breathe before answering and relax.

A3 Clerk, UK Parliament Fast stream at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Try and be patient, it's a long process and each stage makes it feel like there's no end in sight but it's worth it. During the assessment centre, try to enjoy the day, even though you'll find it exhausting.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you research how competency based interviews work, the Fast Stream website has some good tips.

Graduate, Ministry of Defence at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Research and practice online numeracy and verbal reasoning tests and make the most of any opportunities to gain interview experience. Work experience or volunteering also offer clear examples where you have demonstrated compentencies or behaviours which will be asked in the application and interview.

Analyst, Higher Education at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Research the organisational structure of the Civil Service, how this is changing and how it will affect how Government interacts with the public. The 'Civil Service Reform Plan' is a good place to start.

Interview Advice:

Statisically the odds are strongly against any candidate applying to the Fast Stream and I would advise not to set your sights solely on the scheme. This will help ease the pressure on what is already a very competitive and long process.

I thought I had blown my chances in the first exercise of the assessment centre which allowed me to relax. I felt like pressure was off, this resulted in me performing strongly in the remaining exercises and I think was pivotal in my success.

Delivery Manager, Department for Transport at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The Fast Stream tries to come to lots of UK universities, try to attend one of the talks where you will have the opportunity to hear things first hand from the graduates.

HR Business Partner, Defra HR at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Speak to as many current Civil Servants/Diplomatic Servants as possible to understand what the career entails.

Understand the Civil Service Competency Framework, and what the Civil Service/Foreign and Commonwealth Office is looking for.

There is no specific path to get to the FCO/Civil Service i.e. there isn't specific experience that you need, however, you should look to develop your skills in: communicating and working with others, drawing conclusions from lots of information, being responsible for a specific piece of work (owning it) and getting it done in the face of a number of competing deadlines and priorities.

Interview Advice:

Read all of the instructions carefully.

Practice for every stage of the application process.

Sleep well the night before and bring water.

Diplomat, Diplomatic Service, Foreign & Commonwealth Office at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

If you find the practice numerical and verbal reasoning tests difficult, perservere. If you're able enough, practicing similar tests that are available online for free should do the trick.

Don't worry too much about the CV and application form - these may be considered when you're being assigned a placement if you get on to the scheme, but if you make it to the Fast Stream Assessment Centre, the interviewers and assessors won't get to see them. They actually won't know anything about you unless you tell them, as you're being judged on your ability and aptitude rather than past work experience.

Interview Advice:

The interview is competency based - they're looking for specific examples of when something happened, and the action you took that demonstrates your abilities, rather than generalised statements - "I always ensure that I'm collaborative" etc.

Try and approach all of the sections of the Assessment Centre separately - even if you think that one went terribly wrong, don't be disheartened - it probably wasn't as bad as you thought, and you can demonstrate the competency in another exercise.

Fast Streamer, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Understand why you are applying for the job (not just because it is a competitive graduate scheme).

Interview Advice:

Think about examples of things you have done and how they demonstrate ability/competencies beforehand. Don't panic! They are trying to get the best from you.

Policy Advisor, DEFRA at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read the advice given by the fast stream team very carefully - no-one is trying to catch you out and at each stage it is explained what they are looking for.

Prepare well - the numerical and verbal reasoning tests are where large numbers of people are cut from the pool. You can practice these online. Refresh your maths by looking at GCSE Bitesize - the maths isn't difficult, you just probably haven't done it for a while

Think about examples you can give for the competencies they are looking for before you arrive

Treat it as a learning experience - not many people get through first time. The feedback you'll receive is invaluable.

Policy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Take your time to review your competences and use the STAR model.

Interview Advice:

Why do you want to work for the civil service - this is harder to answer than you think, be careful not to politicise your answer.

Regional co-commissioner (London), National Offender management service at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Practice (interview practice, practice for sift tests etc). Understand why you're interested in a career in the civil service and what motivates you.

Interview Advice:

Demonstrate an enthusiasm for working in the public sector. Interviews are all competency based so have examples that you can readily draw on and when giving your examples be clear on what it was that you specifically did.

Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Make sure you address the competencies of the Civil Service in your examples. These are freely available on the website.

Interview Advice:

Difficult to prepare, as its competency base, but you can think about what the examiners are looking for in the different exercises.

Senior Economist, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Interview Advice:

The important thing in the Assessment Centre is to be friendly, relax, allow others to speak, and don't worry if you aren't the most forceful person in the room- they are looking for people with good people skills.
For the interview use the STAR techinque (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to explain how you meet each of the competencies. Don't be afraid to use the same example to illustrate different competencies.

Review project manager, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

The process is long and difficult, but extremely enjoyable. Practice numeracy and verbal reasoning tests, and study the Civil Service competency framework to make sure you develop an understanding of what's expected of you.

Interview Advice:

Describe every example in terms of STAR (situation, task, action, result). No experience is irrelevant if you can show you've learnt and grown from it. Stick to the civil service competencies when answering questions.

Policy Advisor, Neighbourhood Planning, Department of Communities and Local Government at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Don't be deterred from applying a second time round. Keep the competencies outlined on the Fast Stream website in mind for every activity that you undertake. Practice verbal and numerical reasoning before you take the tests. Bear in mind how long the application process can take (up to 7 months).

Policy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Read the latest civil service competencies and ensure you demonstrate these in your responses to questions.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you fully understand all the fundamental economic principles and theories and learn to apply this into everyday life. Also learn how to be able to communicate these economic principles into layman's terms.

Assistant Economist, Department for Transport at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

Ensure that you complete all of the practice tests that are made available, and if you are a bit rusty on working with percentages and fractions I would definitely do a little revision around these areas. Some of the tests that you have to complete in order to get through certain stages of the process require you to read and condense a great deal of information, you can't possibly read them in detail in the time allowed, therefore ensure you skim the information looking, and highlighting, any key points you think may be relevant.
The assessment centre is a very long, busy, stressful day so ensure you get plenty of sleep the night before and that you take a few snacks to nibble on throughout the day.

Interview Advice:

The interview questions are based around a couple of competencies, which you are aware of prior to interview. Therefore ensure that you have a number of examples ready, using the STAR principle. You will also be asked about why you are interested in joining the Civil Service Fast Stream and for background information about you, as the interviewer, has no prior information in respect of you and your application.

HR Business Partner, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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Application Advice:

- Unless you studied maths or statistics at university, the online tests will need some revision - make sure you leave yourself enough time to revise.
- Be prepared to apply more than once - you'll get better each time.
- It takes AGES to find out wheth

Interview Advice:

- It's all about competencies - google common competency questions on the interest and prepare examples accordingly.
- Frame your answers in the following stucture - what was the SITUATION, what ACTION did you take, what was the RESULT.
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Private Secretary, at Civil Service Fast Stream
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