Finance the Future is the new name for the London Treasurer’s Graduate Finance Programme, reflecting that there are now other councils participating in the scheme. Candidates now have the choice between 15 London Boroughs and the GLA, East Midlands, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire and East Sussex councils. The aim of the scheme is to train graduates to become Local Government finance professionals, whilst gaining a CIPFA qualification at the same time. This article will take you through the challenging recruitment process step by step. Stages of recruitment process:
Running throughout the entire recruitment process, here are a number of skills and behaviours considered key for successful performance as a finance trainee.
The application form is your first opportunity to introduce yourself as a candidate for the Finance the Future scheme. As well as the usual requests for information about you, your education, and employment history. In addition, there are four behavioural questions for you to answer. These questions are looking for your responses based on some of the key behaviours listed above. You have a 300 word limit to each answer, so don’t forget to plan your answers in advance and ensure that every word you include counts.
The behavioural questions are:
The next stage of the application process is an online numerical reasoning test. Numerical reasoning tests assess your ability to analyse numerical data in order to gain information. The tests are generally time limited. You may be allowed to use a calculator in these tests as well, so ensure you refresh your memory about using a calculator with JobTestPrep’s guide. Practising ahead of taking the test will help you sharpen your skills and learn how to answer questions quickly and accurately. The test is provided by CEB’s SHL, so see how JobTestPrep’s SHL style practice packs can help you improve your score.
If you pass the online test, you are next invited for a telephone interview. This interview will further explore some of the information on your application form, as well as asking more behavioural questions (see the list above). These questions are essentially competency questions, and the interviewers are looking for you to provide examples of where you have displayed these competencies in the past. The STAR method will help you organise your answers. See JobTestPrep’s STAR method pages to find out more about how to answer in this way. The telephone interview has some advantages over a regular interview - you can wear comfortable clothing, and keep your answers written out in front of you, but it can also contain the same pressure as an interview when it comes to answering questions.
If you are successful in the telephone interview, you will now be invited to an assessment centre.
In order to make sure to get your best chance for success, it is crucial to prepare for the tests in advance. Prepare with our practice resources today to ensure that you are on the road to success.