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Application Advice

We want to make sure that you can make the best first impression possible at every stage of your application process. This page is designed to help you understand what we’re looking for and how to prepare for each step.

Timed written questions

There are two questions where we’ll ask you to write a response within a limited word count and time frame. One question will ask you a question based on the behavior Working Together. The other is a job simulation question asking you to respond to a scenario you may face as a Policy Adviser.

We’ll assess your answers to the application questions against the following behaviours of the Civil Service Success Profiles:

Working Together – forming effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds.

Communication – communicating in a straight-forward manner, choosing appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact.

You can find more information on these in the Civil Service Success Profile Behaviours, Level 3. The ‘positive indicators’ for these competencies will tell you a lot about what we’re looking for.

For the job simulation question, no prior knowledge of the subject will be needed. We’ll provide you with all the information you need.