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Kent County Council

Graduate Management Stream, at Kent County Council

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Research the Civil Service Competencies.

Interview Advice: Rehearse examples of Civil Service Competencies.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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

Interview Advice: Read the competency framework.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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!

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Generalist, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy, Ministry of Justice at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.)

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy advisor, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Always think about the competencies that you are demonstrating.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, Private Office at Civil Service Fast Stream

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!

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Practice each stage in advance to prepare.

Interview Advice: Know the Civil Service Competencies and your examples.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, Department for Transport at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service

Home Affairs Desk Officer, Cabinet Office at Civil Service

Application Advice: Make sure you are well acquainted with the Civil Service competency framework and keep in mind how you can demonstrate them in all of the assessment activities.

Interview Advice: Have clear and honest examples which reflect your development of the necessary skills and competencies; and ensure all examples are applied to future contexts: e.g. not just 'this is what I did' but 'this is what I did and this is how I would use that experience and expertise in this role'

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Senior Policy Advisor, Various at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

WSM, DWP at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Take your time Need to be flexible.

Interview Advice: Read all the info that's sent to you.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Advisor, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Read the civil service competencies.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Officer, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, Department of Health at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Streamer, at Civil Service Fast Stream

Interview Advice: Prepare for competency based questions.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Adviser, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Adviser, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Have patience! It's a long process.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Adviser, at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Be enthusiastic and inquisitive.

Interview Advice: N/a

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Change Manager, Operations at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Read the civil service competency framework.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Manager, Climate Change at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Learn how to write and answer competency questions.

Interview Advice: See above.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Advisor, Central Departments at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Productivity and Efficiency Adviser, Productivity and Efficiency at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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

Interview Advice: As above.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Aviation Policy, Department for Transport at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Advisor, Secondment at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy advisor, Policy at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Prepare understanding and examples of all civil service competencies.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, Health at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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!

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Graduate Fast Stream, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

HR, Defra at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Graduate Fast Stream, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Buckinghamshire County Council

Graduate Trainee, All departments at Buckinghamshire County Council

Application Advice: Say yes to any task that's being given to you and figure out how to do it as you go along. The whole process is a learning opportunity and if you fight for a variety of tasks, you will get the best out of it.

Interview Advice: The old cliché of being yourself is the best advice here. My assessment centre for BucksCC was around my 3rd one and it was certainly the one in which I acted most like myself.

Industry: Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Implementation Team at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Take your time, sell yourself as much as you can, but ensure it is direct and to the point, understand what it is that the organisation wants and fill out the application accordingly. Ensure that what you put in the application makes sense and reads easily, maybe even enjoyable to read. Make them remember your application out of the hundreds or thousands that they will go through.

Interview Advice: Be confident, ensure punctuality and politeness throughout. But make them remember you, make them think you're better than the rest, that your a team member and would be great within their organisation. Do your research on the organisation and the interviewers if possible, some background or in depth knowledge into what is going on within the organisation can put you in a strong position.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Managemen, London council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Answer questions honestly and don't try and second guess what you are being tested on.

Interview Advice: Be enthusiastic and know background about the specific council as well as the wider context for the area of the country that you are talking about.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Use the 'skills and behaviours' page on the ngdp website to help structure your answers.

Interview Advice: When you interview with Councils know what their key priorities are and how they are working to address they specific issues they as a local authority are facing.+

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Answer what you feel is write rather than trying to guess what is right. This graduate scheme is not centred on what is right or wrong but the thought process behind decision making, do what comes naturally.

Interview Advice: Be confident in promoting all the skills you have

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Demonstrate your ability to be innovative and to be able to use your own initiative.

Interview Advice: Understand the council you are interviewing at and demonstrate how you can communicate and interact with others. Show enthusiasm for self development.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Public Health at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Show a genuine passion for improving the lives of others. Most importantly: research local government, what it is, what it does and the challenges facing it in the coming years.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Kent County Council

Management Trainee, at Kent County Council

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Kent County Council

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Kent County Council

Management Trainee, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council

Interview Advice: Relax and enjoy the assessment centre

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Advisor, DWP at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Generalist Faststreamer, Generalist Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Business Support Team Manager, DWP at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast stream trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Advisor, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Strategic Finance Advisor, UKTI at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Key Threat Manager, NOMS at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Rotational Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Streamer, Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Graduate, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Business Change Manager, Contract Compliance at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream Trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast stream trainee, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Application Advice: Be yourself and try to show your uniqueness.

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Commercial Analyst, Commercial at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream, Civil Service Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Advisor, Policy at Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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!

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Portfolio Analyst, Cabinet Office at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy adviser, Department for Education at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Streamer, Corporate Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Change Integration Manager, HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Stream, at Civil Service Fast Stream

Application Advice: Practice the tests!

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

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Strategy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy advisor, Education at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Amey

Graduate, at Amey

Application Advice: Make your CV work for you, look at ways which jobs you've had in the past could relate to the role you are applying to. Think about the skills you have, how would they benefit you in this job role?

Interview Advice: Why do you want to work for us? I wouldn't give a generic answer to this. Really think about why you want to work for the company, what interests you about it? What opportunities do you think this company as opposed to other companies and the role you have applied for would offer you?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Amey

Management Graduate, Project Management at Amey

Application Advice: Innovation and modernisation is high on the company's agenda. So if you can demonstrate that you are innovative they will like this.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Advisor, Policy at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

HMRC at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Customer Programme Officer, Customer and Transformation at National Graduate Development Programme

Interview Advice: Stay calm and be confident and consistent - much of the assessment is assessing how you stay calm under pressure. If you have an natural affinity with innovation and problem solving, you'll be fine.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Various at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Don't try to impress too much with 'flowery' words in your application form - try to think what the recruiter is looking for in a successful applicant. This can often be found on the ngdp website! Repeat this back to them in a clear and succinct manner. ...without it sounding like you're repeating the website word-for-word. Know why you want to apply for a role in local government from the off as your motivations behind applying will get rooted out sooner rather than later (i.e. be passionate about local government, rather than it just being another application to add to the grad scheme pile).

Interview Advice: Know the differences between all types of councils (unitary, upper-tier, lower-tier, metropolitan, etc.) and the services they provide. Research the council where you're being interviewed: know their corporate prioirities, key areas of work, working culture, location, etc.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Graduate Management Trainee, Policy at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Be yourself, be passionate and go somewhere close to heart. I care about the Greater Birmingham region a lot more than I would about other places in the country, so I want to work extra hard to improve it.

Interview Advice: Be yourself, be passionate and go somewhere close to heart. I care about the Greater Birmingham region a lot more than I would about other places in the country, so I want to work extra hard to improve it.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Surrey County Council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Write full answers and make sure you back up every statement - i.e. when exactly did you demonstrate a certain quality, what did you do, how did you do it? Use the job specification to identify what qualities are being looked for and match your answers to this. Show clear understanding of what local government actually does and the huge range of functions it has - there's more to it than pot holes and bins! Convey your motivation for working within local government and demonstrate your understanding of how it differs to other parts of the public sector.

Interview Advice: The two assessment centres are largely competency based and can not be prepared for. Familiarise yourself with the competencies required and keep these in mind when undertaking the activities. The interviews vary greatly depending on the council but are designed to ascertain your motivation for working within local government and your understanding of the council and the wider local government sector. Identify what exactly it is about local government that interests you and your motivation for working within the sector. Demonstrate your understanding of the current (and future) substantial challenges facing local government and the innovative ways councils are trying to overcome these. Think ahead about where the sector is going and identify particular challenges for the individual council. Don't be afraid to give some opinions!

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: To understand the perspective of a local authority: its purpose, fundamentally, and the context in which it is operating, and to bear this in mind throughout your application.

Interview Advice: A focus on saving money/gaining value for money underpins all local authority business and you need to demonstrate that you understand this. Also remember that it is a political organisation.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Take time completing the application form. Make sure you don't run out of time on the first assessment and be confident in the presentation.

Interview Advice: Show an interest in local government, even if you don't have work experience in local government show how any previous experience will help.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Interim Customer Improvement Manager, Customer Services at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Demonstrate your passion and drive for working in the public sector.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Apply!

Interview Advice: Expect it to be tough - all of us who got through the various rounds found the process gruelling and stretching. Hone your writing skills and presentation skills.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Fast Track Manager, Transformation at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Really think about what motivates you to work in this sector.

Interview Advice: Research individual council thoroughly.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: If you're interested in working in local government, or even the public sector more broadly, then the NGDP is great way to experience working in different areas of local government as well as to build skills and experience that will help you in your future career.

Interview Advice: At the interview stages, councils are looking for graduates that are the best fit for their council so it's always good to highlight what you can bring to that particular council.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Commissioner, Adult Social Care at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Understand the distinction between Local and Central Government and the relationship between the two. Understand the issues that the specific Local Authority is facing and how it interprets and implements policies in a way that corresponds to the needs of the community that it serves.

Interview Advice: Why Local Government? Why this Local Authority in particular?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Kent County Council

Project Coordinator, Troubled Families Programme at Kent County Council

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Kent County Council

Management Trainee, Graduate Services at Kent County Council

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Transformation at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Try to see the bigger picture and understand how local government works. Also try to get into the mindset of work rather than the student mindset when applying.

Interview Advice: Make sure you have done your research on the local authority you're applying too and that you understand the challenges facing the sector and that council in particular. Also make sure you know how local government works and the difference between and officer and a councillor.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, General at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Demonstrate why you are interested in Local Government through having knowledge and understanding of the sector (its services, challenges and opportunities in the future) as well as demonstrating the attitudes of a local government officer- team work, spending money wisely, working for a with communities etc. in your application.

Interview Advice: As the final interview is held at your host authority, it pays to have a good understanding of that council, what challenges it faces and its priorities. Although it is an advances to have visited the council's area before, its not the end of the world if you havent as long as you can sell why you chose that council over all the rest of involved council.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: It is very hard to do, but the most useful thing I could have been told throughout the application process and interview stage is to just relax and be yourself. The assessors are looking for natural competencies and not who shouts the loudest or sounds the smartest. If you can articulate your points clearly and reasonably and still smile you have gone a long way to being a good candidate!

Interview Advice: At the interveiw stage you have proved your competency and the council are just looking for the best fit for them. Again, just be yourself. In preparing, it is really important to look at the history of the council, its core values and vision and what you can bring to this direction of travel.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee (Graduate), at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Show why you want to work in local government specifically - rather than central government. Talk about past experiences with public sector or charitable work.

Interview Advice: The first couple of assessment centres are practical based and you really do need to be yourself. There are group exercises where you need to get the balance right between being heard and being too pushy! For the interview stage with the council, make sure you've researched the area thoroughly, know some facts and be really explicit as to why you specifically want to work in that city/borough. Be passionate about it.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee – currently Neighbourhood Regeneration Officer, Various at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Take some time to learn about the role of local governemnt, the breadth of the services that it offers, and the broader, national political content in which they are working.

Interview Advice: If you make it to the group exercise, stay calm and read the brief properly - so many people seemed to get the worng end of the stick.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee – Local Offer Co-ordinator, Children’s Services at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: If you are committed to the idea of working in the public sector and are willing to push yourself completely out of your comfort zone, this will be an amazing experience. If you're just looking for "any job" or are expecting experiences / lessons to land in your lap, don't apply.

Interview Advice: Be yourself. Don't try and tell them what you think they want to hear, but stick to your principles.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, South Norfolk Council at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Do your research both for local government and for your individual councils. Check up on latest policies and ways of working to get an idea of what you would be asked to do in real life.

Interview Advice: Be prepared to justify your answers. the answers you give may not be right but if you show reasoned logic, that plays in your favour.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Transformation of Public Services at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Do your research and be passionate and interested in local government and where it is going. If you do so it will stand you in good stead to progress and do well. In the public sector or elsewhere.

Interview Advice: Be confident, informed and enthusiastic. Also it is important to have specific examples to draw upon to show why you would be suited to the scheme.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

SEND Reforms Development Officer, Children and Families at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: If you want a fast learning curve which develops you as an individual, then apply for the programme.

Interview Advice: Be yourself.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Children’s Services at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Really think about why you want to work in the public sector and research the various different models of local government which operate across the UK. Try to be aware of what local government actually does and the services it provides, as well as the challenges it faces and the main political discourses concerning its future.

Interview Advice: It could be useful to have a few examples of councils that are doing innovative work across the country and, of course, if you make it to interview, read up as much as possible about the council you're being interviewed for.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

National Management Trainee, Deputy Chief Execs at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: If you haven't considered a career in local government you should, and the NGDP is most definately the best way to start.

Interview Advice: The recruitment process is hard. I actually was recruited locally by the Authority that I work for now. There was a group excercise that was very much in line with themes in local goverment, such as 'How do we provide high quality services with less public money?' It's really improtant to know the relationship bewteen national policy and local outcomes. More importantly its about your attitude, local goverment is open to change and needs strong leadership skills so try and show that you have these qualities.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Graduate Trainee, Various at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Demonstrate interest in local communities, and an awareness of the current financial constraints on local government. Don't approach local government thinking that it will be an easy ride, you need to demonstrate that you are commercially aware, can think on your feet, and can present your ideas well in both formal and group situations.

Interview Advice: Local government is a very particular area to work in, focussed on the local needs of a population, think about why this is important to you.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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National Graduate Development Programme

Policy Officer, Commissioning Group at National Graduate Development Programme

Application Advice: Show passion for public services and interest in/knowledge of current social issues. Willingness to learn is more important than solid experience.

Interview Advice: As above. Know a bit about the borough you are interviewing with - why would it be interesting to work there?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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NHS

NHS Graduate Management Trainee (Informatics), Informatics at NHS

Application Advice: Examine your motivations for joining the NHS as this is integral to working within this organisation. On the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme you will be exposed to high level management structures, processes and be in a position to influence change. Be clear about what you want from the Scheme. There is a big educational element to this position for all 4 specialisms (general management, health informatics, finance, HR) and the position will be as engaging as you allow it to be for you. Although a trainee, the placements you will be working in will challenge you and you will have high expectations placed on you. Be prepared but enjoy the journey!

Interview Advice: Be honest with yourself - question your motivations, your aspirations. What can you offer to the NHS and management? What can the NHS and the Scheme offer to help you develop? This is as much about getting a job you enjoy as it is about the NHS employing the right person.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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NHS

Business Manager, Surgical Division at NHS

Application Advice: Take every opportunity that comes your way. Volunteer for everything and never stop learning

Interview Advice: Why do you want to work for the NHS?

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Kent County Council

Graduate Management Trainee, Kent Graduate Programme at Kent County Council

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Kent County Council

Management Trainee, Property & Infrastructure Support at Kent County Council

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!

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Fast Streamer, Fast Stream at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

A3 Clerk, UK Parliament Fast stream at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Graduate, Ministry of Defence at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Fast Streamer, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Policy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Review project manager, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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

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.

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Civil Service Fast Stream

Policy Advisor, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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).

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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Private Secretary, at Civil Service Fast Stream

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. - Commercial and

Industry: Charity, Education & Public Sector, Fast Stream (Generalist)

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