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Senior Policy Advisers

If you join us you 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 12 noon on 25 February 2019

The application process begins with an online application form. 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’ll ask you which stream you would like to apply for (financial services, economics, tax or strategy), and you’ll also be able to give a second preference if you feel you’d be suited to more than one area of work.

The application form includes a question about the experience and expertise you can bring to HM Treasury, and a scenario-based question. There are word limits for your responses, so you’ll need to be clear and concise. We’ll review these answers to assess how well you meet the criteria for the Policy Adviser role. In the question about your experience, we’ll focus on how your experience and expertise matches with the criteria set out in the ‘senior policy adviser – about the role’ section. Please ensure your answer addresses the criteria set out for the first preference stream you’ve selected as well as the general requirements of the role. In the scenario based question, we’ll focus on the ‘working together’ behaviour, set out in the Civil Service 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.

Online numerical reasoning and situational judgement tests:

After you complete your application, you will be invited to complete a numerical reasoning test and a situational judgement test. The tests can be completed online at a time of your choosing. You’ll have at least 5 days to complete the tests and the deadline will be stated in your test invitation email. The tests are not timed, and the length of time you take to complete them won’t make a difference to your score.

The numerical reasoning test is designed to assess your ability to handle numerical information and draw conclusions from it. The test is in a multiple choice format.

The situational judgement test will assess your judgement and your approach to situations that you might encounter in work. 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.


Assessment centre: 3 to 16 April 2019

The final stage is to attend an assessment centre in central London. This will include an interview and a written exercise designed to simulate the type of work you would do as a Senior Policy Adviser. More information on what to expect and what we’ll be assessing will be provided in the assessment centre invitation. At the interview you will be able to ask any questions you have.

At assessment centre stage, you’ll be asked to provide further information about your preferences and priorities around the type of work you want to do.


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.

When we match successful candidates to roles, we will seek to place candidates in roles where they will be able to use their skills and experience. We will also take into account your preferences and priorities to make the best match possible between successful applicants and the roles available.

If you were unsuccessful by a narrow margin, we might get in touch about similar jobs available at HM Treasury. These might be at the level below Senior 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. Please let us know after your assessment centre if you don’t want to be contacted about this.


The Treasury believes a diverse workforce has a positive impact on our work and we seek to do everything we can to ensure that we reflect the society we serve. The Treasury is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader 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 available 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.

Disability Confident 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 Disability Confident Scheme for candidates with a disability. You can tell us in your application form if you’d like to opt in to this.

If you apply via the Disability Confident 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, experience and expertise outlined in the section ‘About the role’ 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