Application process & timeline
Online application: complete by 12 noon on 17th November 2023
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 then need to provide some basic personal information and answer some eligibility questions. We’ll check this information before the assessment centre stage to ensure you’re eligible to apply. You’ll also be asked to select the office location (London or Darlington) that you would like to be considered for, as well as your preferred start date of April or September.
Situational Judgement Test: part of application
As part of your online application form, we’ll ask you 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’ll 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 verbal reasoning test: 27th November to 4th December 2023
If you’re shortlisted after the situational judgement test, we’ll ask you to complete a verbal reasoning test. You’ll have 7 days to complete the online test and the deadline will be stated in your test invitation email.
Written questions: 12th to 19th December 2023
If you’re successful after your verbal test, we’ll ask you to complete our written questions. We want to gain an insight into what motivates you and how you respond in different circumstances, so we’ll ask you to complete a behavioural and scenario-based questions in a set amount of time. There are word limits for your responses, so you’ll need to be clear and concise.
Virtual assessment centre: from 25th January to 27th February 2024
The final stage is to attend one of our virtual assessment centres. This will include a structured policy conversation on a policy topic, a written exercise designed to simulate the type of written work you’d do as a Policy Adviser, and an interview. More information on these exercises will be provided in the assessment centre invitation, and can also found on our virtual assessment centre page. At the interview you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have.
We’ll let you know within a week of the assessment centres finishing whether you’ve been successful. This will be in early March. 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 were a ‘near miss’ from our assessment centres your details will be kept for one year after you applied, and we’ll contact you if a job is available through this route.