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The Civil Service Fast Stream is a popular graduate scheme with stiff competition for job placements. Find out more about how to approach the application, online tests, work based scenario and video interview, and prepare to succeed with our practice pack.

Note: Purchasing this product will set you with our Fast Stream assessment Centre Preparation as well!


The Fast Stream Selection Process

The fast steam selection process consists of several stages in the application process.

Candidates are assessed against a range of behaviours and a selection of strengths outlined below.
Note that you will only move on to the next stage on the condition that you successfully passed the previous one.

Civil Service Fast Stream Online Tests

The first online tests consist of Work Style Questionnaires and Situational Judgement Questionnaires. Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires (SJQ) are both multiple-choice assessments.

The tests themselves are not timed, but candidates must complete these within 5 days. Should they pass, they will have an additional 5 days to complete the next stage.


The Work Style Questionnaire

Here the candidate is presented with statements regarding oneself and is asked to mark the point on the scale that best reflects the extent to which they agree or disagree with the given statement.

Candidates are presented with four statements per page, and asked to rate these on a scale, from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

The candidate is then presented with the same statements, however this time they are required to select one statement that is most like them, and one that is least like them.


The Situational Judgement Questionnaires (SJQ)

There are two SJQ tests for candidates to complete, the first is concerned with interpersonal skills whilst the second addresses thinking skills. 

The interpersonal skills SJQ assesses how well candidates make decisions and judgements in real work scenarios involving other individuals.

The SJQ consists of 12 video scenarios, each followed by 4 actions. Candidates are asked to rate these actions according to how effective they believe it to be:

  1. Counterproductive - an unacceptable action that would make the situation worse.
  2. Ineffective - poor action that will not help the situation.
  3. Partially effective - useful and would be of some help to the situation.
  4. Effective - a good action that will help resolve the situation.

The second SJQ assesses candidates thinking skills, specifically how well they can make judgements in work context with limited information.

This test also consists of 12 questions followed by 4 responses. However, here the candidate is presented with data in the form of tables, graphs and charts.

Candidates are asked to review the data and are then presented with different courses of actions which they need to rate according to their effectiveness. The same rating scale mentioned above applies here. 


Civil Service Online Application

Once you have successfully completed your online tests, you can now move on to a more complete comprehensive Civil Service fast stream application form.

In this application form you are given the opportunity to input your scholastic qualifications as well as answer some competency questions.

These questions centre on the key values of the Civil Service. In order to answer the questions correctly you need to incorporate the key values of the Civil Service into your answers.

Learning how to incorporate these values into your answers is an art form of sorts. 


Work Based Scenarios

The Work Based Scenarios consist of the Case Study and Learning Assessments. Both use multimedia and are both multiple choice format.

Both assessments are taken online in the same manner as the previous aforementioned online tests. Candidates have 5 days to complete this stage of their recruitment process.

The Case Study
This assessment consists of a scenario in which candidates assumes the fictitious role of a Fast Streamer and have numerous tasks to complete.

The Learning Assessments
These are similar to the case study assessment but the timeline of scenarios varies and candidates are expected to respond to these changes accordingly.


Fast Stream Video Interview

The Video Interview consists of 9 pre-set questions. Candidate's answers are recorded on video platform and later evaluated by an assessor.

Candidates can only record one answer per questions, once. Candidates are asked questions about their experiences, hobbies and motivators.

When answering the interview questions, candidate should have the key strengths (outlined below) in mind and answer in a way that demonstrates these.

Tips for the Video Interview

Before you start the video interview, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have a full hour set aside that is free from distractions?
  • Is my environment quiet enough for me to focus?
  • Am I dressed appropriately?
  • Is the room in which I am sitting adequately lit?

Make sure you are able to answer 'yes' to all of them, and then get started.

 

Additional Information

Depending on the specific scheme selected, you may also be required to fulfil additional information, such as an intermediate sift process, or a numerical test.

Assessment Centre

If you successfully pass these above stages, you will be invited to attend a half day Assessment Centre either in London or Newcastle.

Purchasing this product will set you with our Fast Stream assessment Centre Preparation as well!


Civil Service Fast Stream Key strengths

  1. Adaptable - You can adapt to variations in work or environment and your effectiveness isn’t impacted by change. You are flexible and versatile and act as an advocate for change.
  2. Enabler - You see the potential in everybody and encourage them to learn, progress and develop.
  3. Inclusive - You recognize everyone as an individual, accepting people for who they are and treating everyone fairly. You actively encourage and provide opportunities for others to share ideas and contributions.
  4. Improver - You look for better ways of doing things and enjoy coming up with new and original ideas.
  5. Learner - You are inquisitive, you seek out new information and look for new ways to develop yourself.
  6. Relationship Builder - You quickly establish mutual respect and trust, building long lasting relationships with others.
  7. Resilient - You have inner composure, recover quickly from setbacks and learn from them.
  8. Responsible - You take ownership for your decisions and hold yourself accountable for what you have promised to deliver.

Civil Service Fast Stream Behviours

  1. Seeing the Big Picture - Understand how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. Recognise the wider organisational priorities and ensure work is in the national interest. 
  2. Changing and Improving - Seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. Review ways of working, including seeking and providing feedback. 
  3. Making Effective Decisions - Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.
  4. Communicating and Influencing - Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others. 
  5. Working Together - Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support. 
  6. Developing Self and Others - Focus on continuous learning and development for self, others and the organisation as a whole.

For more information on Fast Stream key factors and behaviours, see official information.

Prepare for the Fast Stream Online Tests

Now that you have read through everything you need to know about the Civil Fast Stream online tests, you are ready to start preparing today. Practise with JobTestPrep and we will help you get ready to impress. With our practice exercises, guides, and tips, you're sure to be ready to succeed.

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