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3.4/5
 
Overall Rating:
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Application Advice:

Tailor application to the company.

Interview Advice:

Important to demonstrate commercial awareness and be aware of relevant sector news.

Trainee Solicitor, Planning at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Read the competencies carefully as all selection tasks centre on these. Always have evidence to demonstrate a competency.

Interview Advice:

Read the competencies carefully as all selection tasks centre on these. Always have evidence to demonstrate a competency - it isn't enough to say I am sure I could do that.

Statistician, Marine Management Organisation at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Practice makes perfect!

Interview Advice:

Don't be intimidated! The application process can be daunting, but it is really friendly and they all want you to do well.

Assistant Private Secretary, National Statisticians Office at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Be aware that a statistician job in government is often more about reporting and data extraction/matching that in statistical analysis. Make sure you check what your exact role will be when being offered positions.

Interview Advice:

The FSAC for fast stream required a lot of energy and confidence (real or otherwise...). Make sure you rest up and have lots of 'innovative ideas'.

Assistant Statistician, Strategic Analysis at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Practice the maths and English assesment just before you do the actual one. It will warm you up.

Interview Advice:

A lot of different tests as it was Fast stream. Combination of normal fast stream stuff and a statistical assesment.

Example questions:

Difference between bar chart and histogram.

Explain OLS.

Assistant Statistician, Department For International Development at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Do it! Government is a great place to work because of the variety of areas in which you can work, and because almost everyone you'll work with really cares about what they're doing and delivering a great service.

Interview Advice:

Do your homework and practice writing and delivering arguments.

Assistant Statistician, Evidence and Analysis Unit at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Think carefully about your experiences and how they relate to the Civil Service Competency framework.

Interview Advice:

All based on civil service competencies.

Assistant statistician, Statistics at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Don't leave it until the last minute! Be honest.

Interview Advice:

Research Civil Service competencies and prepare your answers around these.

Assistant Statistician, at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

It is very technical. Focus on technical skills.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself.

Senior Data Scientist, Knowledge and Intelligence at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Give examples of how you have used statistical techniques.

Interview Advice:

Think about how you would explain statistical terms in a simple way.

Assistant statistician working on developing housing conditions evidence, Welsh Government at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Work on being able to explain statistics in a simple way, use examples you have of disseminating statistics to a wider audience and having impact.

Interview Advice:

Explain statistics in a simple way, using examples of projects that you have worked on.

Assistant Statistician, at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Focus on answering the questions concisely. Do the practise tests for all the online tasks - and don't panic with the time limit, it's meant to be tough.

Interview Advice:

Focus on answering the competency questions and having examples prepared for these. Don't worry too much about generic interview questions - these don't really come up it's all about the competencies which they tell you beforehand.

Assistant Statistican, ONS at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Revise key words/concepts and their definitions.

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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Look at competency framework and make sure you show yourself in such a way as to demonstrate the capabilities required.

Interview Advice:

Make it clear what *you* have done - if you say 'we' for everything, it's impossible to pin down your contribution (my interviewer made me re-answer questions to be specific about my role in situations). This can feel a bit uncomfortable if you're not the sort of person who likes telling everyone how great they are, but it isn't about showing off, it's about telling the interviewer what you specifically did in a situation.

Assistant Statistician, at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

You need a solid grounding in data and analysis, but this can come from all kinds of degrees, don't think you need to have done Mathematics or Statistics to apply. The roles of most GSS members are not pure stats either, so you don't have to be deeply knowledgeable or passionate about methodology or the more technical aspects of statistics to succeed.

Interview Advice:

Have some good examples to hand of how you have used analysis and show that you understand the whole process: from defining the question, collecting the data, cleaning it, conducting analysis, and presenting or communicating it. This can come from studies work or anywhere, you just need to show that you were able to understand a problem and use what you know to find solutions

Strategy Advisor, Strategy Unit at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Research the job role, read about the experiences of other applicants, speak to family and friends to see if you already might know anyone in the civil service who can talk to you. Practice online tests!

Interview Advice:

Be ready with answers to competency based questions with a STAR structured response. Ensure you have an example of when you worked in a diverse environment/team and the lessons you learned there.

Assistant Statistician, DECC at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Prepare thoroughly on statistical knowledge and how you used it in the past. Application process involves practical statistical work so be prepared for that as well. Research well what exactly is the job you are applying for. Make sure you meet the criteria.

Interview Advice:

Be positive and be yourself. The interviewers are not judging you, they are there to help you so if you know your stuff and have the confidence you will be just fine.

, at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Put your whole heart and soul into your role and you won't be left disappointed.

Interview Advice:

Memorise the Competency Framework.

Assistant Statistician, Education at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

I applied through the fast stream. This is a very long process and not many applicants are successful so it's a bit of a commitment. Also the security clearance can take a long time so you may not be able to start immediately. I applied in my last year of university (November- February) and began my post in September.

Interview Advice:

Two long days of assessment centres. Asked about work projects I'd managed, experiences handling conflict and working with other people. Lots of written tests- summarising evidence and giving opinions.

Assistant Statistician, Surveys at Government Statistical Service
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Interview Advice:

Competency based - ultimately they're scoring you in the area of skills they tell you about beforehand. Revise these areas and make sure you can talk confidently about what they involve and what you've already done.

Questions about who you are personally don't really come up and aren't relevant to the scoring.

, Defence Economics at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Even though it's an analytical role, you'll only be productive if you have good 'soft' skills as you'll need to collaborate and negotiate a lot, so definitely think about situations where you've successfully applied soft skills in an analytical context.

Interview Advice:

I joined through the Fast Stream process. This is daunting but there is plenty of advice around to help with it. My two cents worth, is to just enjoy it if possible!

Statistician, Property Analytics at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Keep an open mind about which government departments you'd like to work in. Think about trying a range of roles in your early years. In your application talk about things that you've done/how you've applied what you've learned at school/college/university, not just hypotheticals.

Interview Advice:

Think about challenges you've had to overcome in projects, especially around dealing with people, e.g. difficult customers, changing priorities.

Statistician, Personnel Statistics at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Read up on specialist knowledge for the assessment centre and go along with a creative and collaborative spirit and lots of thinking outside the box.

Interview Advice:

Understand the value of diversity in a working environment.

Assistant Statistician, Home Office, Crime Statistics at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Read profession and civil service competencies thoroughly and be prepared to give examples of how you meet these.

Statistical Officer, Home Office at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Your statistical ability will be thoroughly checked and is more important than your specific experience.

Interview Advice:

Keep technical explanations simple.

Statistical Officer, Ministry of Justice at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

You have to be prepared to perform against the company competency framework.

Interview Advice:

The interviewers are looking for experience in meeting competencies. If you go for a specialist role you need to demonstrate your ability against your professional framework as well as the general one.

Senior Statistical Officer, Marine Management Organisation – Effort Management at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Write in the STAR format.
Use the Civil Service Competency framework to help frame your answers better.
Use as much of the 250 word limit as you can.

Interview Advice:

Don't be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question or rephrase.
Feel free to use the same example multiple times.

Statistical Officer, KAI – HMRC at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Know the basics of statistical techniques and think about how you have/ would apply them to real data. Don't be afraid to go basic - first principles are often missed. You need to tell/ show us what you know, preferably through examples, focusing on what you did.

Interview Advice:

Don't say "we", say "I"! We want to know what *you* did, not what your team did. Smile. Be confident but don't try to overcomplicate things - as with the application advice, don't neglect first principles.

Statistician, at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Most applications within the civil service stick rigidly to the competency framework - make sure you know the keywords from this and exploit it.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you can explain what you did in a specific situation and how this is related to the competency framework.

Higher Statistical Officer, Department for Education at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Look for examples where you have applied methods outside of a theoretical setting. Ensure you give plenty of time to the examples you submit given that it is a competency based process.

Senior Statistical Officer, Statistics at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Provide detailed examples of statistical techniques and when you have used them rather than definitions.

Interview Advice:

Think about interview example questions in advance.

, at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Brush up on your knowledge of statistics before the application/assessment centres.
Read through the Civil Service competencies carefully before filling in the application form. Use examples for the competencies which provide clear evidence of your knowledge/experience.
You don't need a maths or stats degree to become a government statistician - you just need a numerate degree. There are plenty of psychologists, biologists and engineers who have joined the GSS.

Assistant Statistician, Department for Work and Pensions at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Take the time to properly read anything and complete any practice parts that are available. Also, take your time when answering questions and consider what behaviours you show that fit in with the civil service competencies.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and take your time. If you're unsure of a question ask them to repeat it or clarify what they mean.

Statistical Officer, Forecasting at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

The guidance provided by the GSS / GSG is comprehensive.

Statistical Officer, Dept for Work & Pensions at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Be flexible and willing to learn from a wide range of people.

Lead Communications Analyst, Strategic Communications at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Don't exaggerate your statistical knowledge - be honest about your level of experience as the interviewers will use this information to determine which techniques to test you on at interview.

Interview Advice:

Ensure you have concrete examples for each competency. Be prepared to talk about two statistical techniques, including their limitations, assumptions etc.

Statistical Officer, DWP at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Prepare! Particularly for the short statistical test you need to take if going into the statistics profession. Questions are competency based so use STAR and have examples around the competencies they outline.

Interview Advice:

"Can you tell me about a time you have improved a process", "Can you explain what a mean is in lay terms", "Can you tell me about linear regression", "Can you tell me about a time you have had to meet work to a required deadline and how you went about doing this"

Higher Statistical Officer, EFA at Government Statistical Service
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Interview Advice:

Solid statistical basics are more impressive than flimsy knowledge of advanced techniques. e.g. explain to someone with no statistical knowledge what the term average means.

Statistical Officer, Fraud, Error and Debt Analysis at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Do not put too much emphasis on the context behind when you demostrated a particular skill, but rather what you did and why you did it.

Interview Advice:

When answering statistical competencies the interviewer would rather you explain a simpler statistical technique well, than a more complicated statistical technique badly.

Data Scientist, Data and Analytics at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Be very clear in the application for the competency questions about what you did and what the consequences of your actions are.

Interview Advice:

Revise the principles of the statistical tests you mention in the application.

Be able to calculate percentages clearly and practice describing the key features of data in tables.

Analytical officer, Ofsted at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Apply for any civil service job (within reason), even if it's temporary - you'll learn a lot and once you're in, it will be much easier to get a permanent position.

Interview Advice:

Competency based interviews take some getting used to. Practice helps. There are loads of online resources. As for the statistical skills, the technical level of detail is rather low, go for width of knowledge rather than depth.

Assistant Statistician, Scottih Government, Communities Analysis Division at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

The assessment can be a bit scary, but this isn't a good enough reason not to try!

You aren't being assessed outside of the exercises - don't feel like you have to talk to anyone!

Assistant Statistician, DfE at Government Statistical Service
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Application Advice:

Give it a go.

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Best:

Lots of social events and activities to get involved with. Good training and support available. Lots of International opportunities.

Trainee Solicitor, Planning at Government Statistical Service
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