All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Kent County Council employees based on 33 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
3.5/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.8/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.8/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
3.1/5
 
Company Culture:
3.4/5
 
Career Progression:
3.3/5
 
Colleagues:
3.9/5
 
Training:
3.6/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.7/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.6/5
 

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Kent County Council

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Average end time: 17:00

Average number of working hours: 8.5

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Application Advice:

I think first and foremost the applicant should want to work within the Public Sector and should strive to make a difference. Being adaptable and willing to learn is key. However, if the candidate has any doubts regarding their level of knowledge in the subject area, this should not be a concern, as a huge emphasis is placed on training and development and these can be learnt whilst doing the job.

Interview Advice:

It is always best to be over-prepared. Think about various situations you have found yourself in that have demonstrated key competencies such as teamwork or dealing with conflict and have some answers prepared. This will help to calm any nerves and provide you with some examples.
The candidate should also research the organisation and learn the key priorities or issues that are a hot topic so that you are up to date. Overall, show your enthusiasm and try not to be nervous, the staff are all very friendly and will put you at ease.

Trainee Operational Researcher, Business Intelligence and Development at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

If you want to gain skills in various professional areas but are unsure what you want to do ultimately this is a great opportunity. As for the application, think outside the box.

Interview Advice:

Focus on your competencies and supporting examples. Look up who is interviewing you on LinkdIn and always have a question or two to ask about the organisation at the end.

Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Research the structure and strategic aims/objectives of the Authority.
Demonstrate where possible your attraction to the Public Sector and delivering better outcomes for residents/taxpayers.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for competency based interview questions (i.e. tell me about a time when you had to deal with...)

Management Trainee, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Take your time filling out the application form. Do not miss out any sections, check your grammar, refer to your actual experiences, and get someone else to read through your application before you send it off.

Interview Advice:

Do your preparation on the company and role. Be enthusiastic and be prepared to follow-up/provide more detail and context to the 10 questions answered in the application form.

Transport planner, Highways, transportation and waste at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Consider why exactly this role is suited to you, and what made their graduate scheme stand out from anything else.

Interview Advice:

Be sure to be up to date on news about the council, so that you have a good base knowledge of the council's transformation, and how it operates.

Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

This organisation demands the best from you, so make sure you prepare well to ensure you give it. The role is a fantastic one and one I would highly recommend for those looking to get a range of experience in a short period of time in an organisation that wants to push you forward.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you show you are willing to be flexible. Many councils in the country are having to face diminishing budgets from central government and are thus going through transformation programmes, so you need to show you are ready for that. The organisation and its staff value your social skills, so be sure to present those in a professional manner.

Graduate Management Stream, at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

If you have a real interest in making a positive difference to your community and having a respectable work life balance then apply!

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, be honest, work out why you want the job before being interviewed.

Management Graduate, Community Safety at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Take time on the application form
Revise SHL tests
Read assessment centre prep - be yourself, talk to people (everyone's nervous)
Read up on KCC's recent decisions and pressures they are currently facing

Management trainee, Kent Graduate Programme – Management stream at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Research the organisation, be yourself and think about how your skills and experiences can be applied to improve highways in Kent

Interview Advice:

Use examples to support your answers.

Have relevant questions to asks the interviewers.

Take your time, don't rush your answers and think about what your being asked.

Data Analyst, at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Do your research about KCC and it's ambitions, be open and honest and show your enthusiasm for the sector.

Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

At each stage make sure you have examples to clearly demonstrate the skills you possess, how they are applicable to local government, and how you can develop them further.

Interview Advice:

You need to think about how you handle 'Change'. This is a big topic at the moment in Local Government, and the chance for you to show innovative thinking.

Graduate Management Trainee, at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

1. To put a lot of time and effort into the application forms.

Interview Advice:

1. To do your homework on what Kent County Council do and how they serve the local community.
2. To be ambitious and enthusiastic throughout the interview process.

Development Planner, Highways Transportation & Waste at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Answer all questions of the application form as best as possible. Ensure you include anecdotes and specific examples when answering the questions. Demonstrate your desire to work for Kent County Council and within the public sector. Be innovative with your answers as the programme is highly competitive and you need to stand out.

Interview Advice:

Make sure you research the organisation and have read the main strategic documents for Kent County Council, it is often highly desirable if you can link your answers to KCC documents and demonstrate your passion for the job. Before your interview take the time to properly think of situations where you have had to work as a team or manage a project as this will ensure you are well prepared for any possible interview questions and saves you trying to think on the spot. Always be polite, maintain eye contact and be yourself - its understandable to be nervous.

Highways and Transportation Graduate – Kent Graduate Programme, Transport Strategy Delivery at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

When applying, be sure to employ words such as "accountable", "honest", "open" etc... These reflect Kent County Council's valuable and will be market highly by whoever is checking your form.

Interview Advice:

Prepare by thoroughly looking through the Kent County Council website as it is likely you will be asked questions relating to the services provided by KCC. In some cases, you may even be asked specific questions about certain policy documents.

Don't worry too much about coming across as a "public sector type". A lot of the people who interviewed me had worked both in the public and private sectors and understood that you may come from a different background or have other aspirations than those relating to politics or the public sector.

Graduate Management Trainee, at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Be genuine and enthusiastic!

Interview Advice:

In the assessment centre strong team players get very far - it isn't a case of 'who shouts the loudest.'
Have a strong idea of what the council does, why you want to work there, and what you can bring to the table.
Use example and experience from anything you might've done in the past - however exciting or mundane - and show that you can apply this to the questions in the interview.

Management Trainee, at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

- Expain carefully how you meet the skills outlined in the application form.
- Make sure you research the Council, in particular it's main strategies and policies.
- Use references from previous employment, education and extra-curricular activities.
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Interview Advice:

- Know about the Council's main strategies.
- Why do you want to work for a local government body?
- Diversity
- Make sure you have some questions to ask the interviewers that shows you're keen and interested (no questions about salary).

Highways and Transportation Graduate, Highways, Transportation and Waste at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Ensure that you have the passion for and are committed to public service before applying.

Interview Advice:

Be well prepared and have an understanding of the organisation and its culture. Speak with conviction about your interests in the authority and the work that it does.

Management Graduate, Social Care, Health & Wellbeing at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Apply if you want a broad experience and want to gain a good footing in the public sector.

Interview Advice:

Have some good examples of work you have done previously to showcase your skills.

Management Trainee, Adult Social Care at Kent County Council
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Interview Advice:

Relax and enjoy the assessment centre

Management Trainee, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Give lots of examples of the experience you've had and explain these. Make sure you are backing everything up with examples that actually show you have the skill. Think outside the box as well, not all examples have to be work related.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and be prepared. Make sure you remember what you spoke about in your application and the examples you gave. Make sure you've thought about possible questions you could be asked and have an idea of how you would answer them. Do some research about KCC, as there is a lot going on that you will be expected to know about. Most importantly, be yourself. The interview is a formal situation, which some people find difficult. If you try and be as relaxed as possible, you'll make the situation easier for yourself.

Management Graduate, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Ensure you evidence your skills and experiences clearly in the application.

Interview Advice:

Learn about the KCC values and core competencies and incorporate these into your answers.

Ensure you know what services the county council provides vs. the borough/district councils.

Management Trainee/ Programme Coordinator, Specialist Children’s Services Transformation at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

To answer the questions keeping the person specification and job description in mind the whole time.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself and let your personality shine through.

Project Coordinator, Troubled Families Programme at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Complete the application form using the person specification - refer to this at all times and evidence all of the points requested.

Interview Advice:

Be confident. Do your reading and research. Use the STAR technique at all times.

Management Trainee, Graduate Services at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Provide real world examples to show how you demonstrate the skills required - even if it is not strictly work related. Evidence is needed in order to fulfil the criteria.

Interview Advice:

Find out the criteria for the role and get some examples in place that can be tailored to a number of different questions.

Freight Officer, Highways and Transportation at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Answer the question you are asked. Make sure you are evidencing excatly what the question wants you to, and use specific examples. If you are vague, the person reviewing your application cannot give you credit for it.

Interview Advice:

Research the local authority and the qualification, you may be asked about it.

Auditor, Internal Audit at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Take the time to read through your application carefully to ensure that you have answered questions in sufficient detail and do not have any grammar or spelling mistakes. Don't worry if you do not have a great deal of work experience as you can use examples from school, university and extra curricular activities to complete your application.

Interview Advice:

At the assessment centre, be yourself and don't assume that taking the lead on every task is the only way to succeed; collaborative working is highly valued.

Do your research on Kent County Council for the interview and consider which areas of the Council you are interested in and why. Be sure of why you want to work in the public sector and have ideas of where you would like the graduate programme to take you.

Graduate Management Trainee, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Read the questions carefully, and make sure you answer them fully. Check your answers for word count, spelling and grammar. Evidence your experiences and skills well, thinking of any examples from school/ uni/ private life/ volunteering; KCC will take all of these into account.

Interview Advice:

Be prepared but not rehearsed. Be confident (it helps if you feel prepared!). Take your time when thinking about and answering questions; it is not an exam! Most importantly, be yourself and don't everthink it!

Management Trainee, Property & Infrastructure Support at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

The application experience (assessment centre/interview etc) can really help you learn a lot about yourself, even if you don't get the job. Think about specific examples of work/volunteering experience you have had to back up your application. There is a lot of publicly available information on KCC, do some research to help you.

Graduate Management Trainee, Graduate Management Stream at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

You must have a passion for working in the public sector, and be committed to becoming a fully qualified accountant.

Interview Advice:

You must have a good understanding of KCC and the services it provides to the residents of Kent - I would advise doing as much research on KCC as possible.

Finance Trainee, Finance Systems Team at Kent County Council
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Application Advice:

Be open minded and positive, and you will get the most of it.

Interview Advice:

Convey your enthusiasm for working in local government (i.e for the public.)

Research/ think about why you want the job and what you want to get out of it before you begin.

Management Trainee, Kent at Kent County Council
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Best:

Personal and professional development is encouraged allowing you to shape your own career. The staff within the company are all very friendly and supportive, creating a nice working environment.

A healthy work/life balance is also encouraged meaning that your hours can be flexible and you are trusted as an employee.

Worst:

The organization is very large which can means communication across departments and teams can sometimes be a challenge.

Trainee Operational Researcher, Business Intelligence and Development at Kent County Council
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Best:

Everyone wants to help you.

Worst:

A lot of talking and deliberating before any decisions get made.

Kent County Council
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Best:

Training and support offered.
Working time/arrangement flexibility.
Huge organisation - so potentially meeting new people all the time.

Worst:

Sometimes institutionally biased towards certain methods/ideologies despite being a politician (member)-led environment.

Management Trainee, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council
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Best:

The possibility of working alongside senior management and shadowing opportunities.
Continued training and development encouraged.
Flexible working.

Worst:

When working in local government you have to handle political conflicts at times and it can take a long time for decisions to be made.

Transport planner, Highways, transportation and waste at Kent County Council
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Best:

The varied workload.

Worst:

A lot of travel is involved, as teams are scattered across the county.

Kent County Council
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Best:

There is generally a real openness to changing for the better. There are challenges that the organisation is facing but many staff are ready to work on those.

Worst:

Political sensitivity.

Graduate Management Stream, at Kent County Council
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Best:

They are very supportive, encouraging on-going development.

Worst:

On occasion, you may have to follow (elected) member direction even if you do not agree with it. However, I have yet to personally encounter this.

Management Graduate, Community Safety at Kent County Council
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