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Graduates who join us will be involved in developing policies that impact all areas of government and make a difference to millions of lives every day.

Application process & timeline

Online application: complete by 10am on 5 November 2018 for an April 2019 or September 2019 start date

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 assessment centre 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 behaviours of the Policy Adviser role. We’ll be focusing on your motivation and the ‘working together’ behaviour, set out in the Civil Service Success Profile Behaviours.

Please contact the HM Treasury recruitment team on 0845 301 7999 or between 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday if you experience any issues in submitting your application.

Situational Judgement Test: part of application

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: 13 to 20 November, 2018

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 5 days to complete the tests and the deadline will be stated in your test invitation email.

Assessment centre: 7 January to 14 February, 2019

The final stage is to attend an assessment centre in central London. This will include a structured policy conversation 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 two weeks of your assessment centre whether you’ve been successful. 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 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. The Treasury is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and a Top 50 Social Mobility Employer. 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.

Reasonable adjustments

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 the 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 behaviours outlined in ‘What we are looking for’ to a satisfactory level in your application form answers

See our page on Application advice to help you throughout your application.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please call us on 0845 301 7999, or email us at