We have designed our selection process to not only give us the chance to understand more about you, but also for you to learn about some of the work we do at UKGI.
At UKGI, we recognise that moving job is difficult decision to make, especially as many of our applicants are moving from the Private Sector into the Public Sector for the first time. We want to make it as straight forward as possible so you know what to expect once you apply to UKGI.
The selection process
Once you have applied for a position at UKGI, a typical application will follow the process set out below, but of course can vary from role to role. The recruitment team will let you know what is expected at each stage as you progress through the process.
The recruitment team are happy to discuss any part of the interview process with you, so do get in touch via [email protected]
Work with us
UKGI is continually on the lookout for top candidates from both public and private sector backgrounds. You can see what roles we have available through our vacancies page.
If there is nothing suitable make sure you sign up for our job alerts so you are notified of new roles, or submit your CV so we can consider you for future opportunities.
This is likely to be the first time we will hear from you, so it is worth taking the time to draft your CV and covering letter ensuring they reflect what we are looking for in the role. Your covering letter should demonstrate how you meet the key skills required of the role and why are you interested in working for UKGI. We would encourage you to familiarise yourself with our values and the civil service behaviours when drafting your submission.
Once we have reviewed your application, if we think you have the right skills for the role you have applied for, we will set up a screening call with one of the recruitment team. The call will provide more information about the role and UKGI and give you an opportunity to bring your CV to life. The recruitment team will create a shortlist of applicants from these calls to present to the hiring manager.
We use a tool called Predictive Index to enable us to better understand what motivates and drives you in the workplace. It is a behavioural tool that, based on your responses to a short questionnaire, will create a profile of how you may typically behave in different situations. The assessment isn’t used to screen you in or out of a process, it is used so we can pick up any points to speak to you about further at interview. You can request a copy of your report once the recruitment process has concluded.
This introductory call is an opportunity for you to speak to a UKGI colleague who works in a similar area to you. This call is an opportunity for you to get more of a feel for UKGI, what we do, and understand how your skills may add value to the organisation. It is an opportunity for us to delve deeper into your technical skills and to understand better how you align with our values.
If you are successful at this stage we will invite you to a panel interview; if not the recruitment team will be happy to share some feedback with you.
The panel interview usually consists of three panel members. Questions will be a mix of technical and competency based and often we ask candidates to prepare a short presentation or case study as part of the interview. If this is the case we will let you know the details as your interview process progresses.
When answering competency-based questions the STAR method is a helpful way to make sure you are covering all the points we need.
Situation – Describe the overall situation you were in.
Task – Tell the interviewer what your responsibilities were, or what tasks were set to you.
Action – Describe what you did, and how you went about it.
Result – Finish the example with the outcome of the situation and any feedback you received.
The panel interview is usually the final stage, however if we need further information from you, or think it would benefit you to speak to someone else at the organisation to understand more about what we do, there may be a final conversation.