Civil Service Fast Stream - HR Fast Stream Interview Questions & Answers

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  • HR Fast Stream

    3.8571/5 | Interview date: July 2015 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Public Sector

    Difficulty rating 20.0 / 100

    Interview process

    After applying online I completed several psychometric tests, including verbal and numeracy. Following this I completed an E-tray exercise where you given a fake email account and answer emails based on a fictitious scenario.

    If you are successful you are invited to attend the assessment day.

    Arrived at 7.30am to the Assessment Centre in London. There were around 30 of us being assessed that day.

    A series of different assessments judged by a variety of assessors.

    It lasted till about 4-5pm depending on the timetable you were given.

    Most difficult question

    You must have examples to prove you fulfil their competencies. When they interview you they have a check box based on how you demonstrate you fulfil the competencies - make sure you have LOTS of examples.

    Interview tips

    You MUST learn the competencies that they assess you by! Memorise each one, and develop strong arguments/evidence as to how to fulfil each one. It is the ONLY thing they assess you on. No points for personality if you don't fulfil the competency criteria.

    Time management - you will be given a LOT of information to read in the exercises. Think carefully about how you read and select data.

    Try and find someone who has done the assessment day already, ask them about the feedback they received and what they learnt.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    We were divided into groups of 6 and then given timetables for our day. It comprised of:

    - one group exercise - given limited time to read a booklet of information on different policies and your 'views' on them, which ones your supported and didn't support. Then sent into room with your group to argue why your policy was best and come to unanimous conclusion. Assessed by 3 diff people.

    - leadership exercise - given scenario as a manager, given limited time to read information. Then had to present to an assessor, answer qu's.

    - written policy exercise - 2 hours

    - interview

    Throughout the day we have to do our own self assessments on how we feel we did in each exercise.

    Interview steps


    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

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    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 4/5

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