Application process & timeline
Online application: closing date 5pm 11 November 2016
The application process begins with an online application form. You'll need to log in by providing an email address and a password. You'll be asked to provide some basic personal information and answer some eligibility questions. We'll check this information before the numerical and verbal reasoning test stage to ensure you are eligible to apply.
We also want to gain an insight into what motivates you and how you respond in different circumstances, so we'll ask you to complete some motivation and scenario-based questions. There are word limits for your responses, so you'll need to be clear and concise. We'll review these answers to assess your understanding of HM Treasury and how well you meet the competencies of the Policy Adviser role. We'll be focusing on your motivation and the competencies Collaborating and Partnering and Leading and Communicating, set out in our competency framework.
Situational Judgement Test
As part of your online application form, you will be asked to complete a situational judgement test (SJT). This will assess your judgement and your approach to situations that you might encounter in your day-to-day work as a Policy Adviser. Each question will describe the situation and there will be four multiple choice answers. You'll need to pick what you think would be the best way to respond, and the worst way.
Online numerical and verbal reasoning tests: week commencing 21 November
If you are shortlisted after the situational judgement test, you will be asked to complete a numerical reasoning test and verbal reasoning test. All of the tests can be completed online at a time of your choosing. You'll have 7 days to complete the tests and the deadline will be stated in your test invitation email.
Assessment centre: January/February 2017 - Invitations sent in the week commencing 19 December
The final stage is to attend an assessment centre in central London. This will include a presentation on a policy topic, a written exercise designed to simulate the type of written work you would do as a Policy Adviser, and an interview. More information on these exercises will be provided in the assessment centre invitation. At the interview you will be able to ask any questions you may have.
Job offer or feedback to help in your job search
We'll let you know within a week of your assessment centre whether you've been successful. Start dates for successful candidates will be in April 2017 or September 2017. If you're unsuccessful, you can request feedback.
If you were unsuccessful by a narrow margin, we might get in touch about non-graduate scheme jobs available at HM Treasury, normally at the level below Policy Adviser. There’s no guarantee that any such jobs will be available. If you’re a near miss your details will be kept until December 2017, and you'll be contacted if a job is available through this route.
The Treasury believes a diverse workforce has a positive impact on our work and we want to do everything we can to ensure that we reflect the society we serve. In order to ensure we treat people fairly, irrespective of their background, we ask all applicants to complete a short diversity questionnaire. This information is kept securely and will only be used for monitoring purposes. It will not be disclosed to those making selection decisions.
At every stage of the selection process, we will ask you to let us know about any adjustments you require so that you can participate fully in the selection activities.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
The Civil Service is committed to promoting diversity. We want to support your application as best we can. For that reason, the Treasury operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for candidates with a disability. You can tell us in your application form if you'd like to opt in to the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.
If you apply via Guaranteed Interview Scheme you will need to meet the minimum requirements for the role in order to be invited to the assessment centre. As our selection process is designed to include several steps, we cannot assess this based on your application form alone. Whether you meet the minimum criteria will be determined by:
- Passing the Situational Judgement Test (with reasonable adjustments where necessary)
- Passing the verbal and numerical reasoning tests (with reasonable adjustments where necessary)
- Demonstrating the competencies outlined in 'What we are looking for' to a satisfactory level in your application form answers
If you have any queries regarding the application process, please call us on 0845 301 7999, or email us at HMTreasuryGraduates@tmpw.co.uk