The Kent County Council Graduate Programme is a popular scheme offering graduates trainee positions across a number of business areas. The Finance Stream is dedicated towards training future finance officers for Kent. Eligibility criteria for the course are very strict and applicants must be able to prove they can meet these requirements before applying. With so many applicants for so few places, the Council are sure they can take only the best. Preparing to prove your worth at each stage is crucial. Prepare for each assessment with JobTestPrep to give yourself the best chance of success.
The application process for the Finance Stream contains three steps:
In order to progress through the application process, you have to demonstrate you have the following competencies:
The application form is used to decide whether or not to invite you to interview. Only the information contained on your form will inform this decision, making it important that you include all relevant information on the form.
The application form contains several questions for you to provide more information about yourself in 250 words or less.
→ Motivation and previous experience
→ Communication skills
→ IT skills
→ Partnership working
→ Please provide any other information you feel is relevant to your application.
Verbal reasoning tests are tests that use the written language to test your ability to understand, interpret and use information. In these tests you are usually asked to read a section of text and then answer a multiple choice question or verify whether a statement is true, false, or you cannot say based on the information included in the passage. Most verbal reasoning tests are time limited, which add pressure as you try to understand the information and give an answer quickly. Preparing for a verbal reasoning test hones your comprehension of information skills, and allows you to improve your speed and accuracy at taking the test. Prepare for your verbal reasoning test with JobTestPrep.
Numerical reasoning tests use numerical information in the form of a table, graph or chart to assess how you understand data and use it to inform your decisions. Questions are often based on one or more information source, and involves some form of basic calculation (the four basic operations, percentages and ratios). You will be told in advance whether or not you can use a calculator in the test. This test is also timed. Taking practice numerical reasoning tests can help you become familiar with the skills required in a test, and help you become quicker and more accurate in answering questions, improving your score overall. JobTestPrep’s numerical reasoning practice packs can help you prepare to improve your result.
If your information in your application form impresses the recruitment team, you will be invited to an interview. The interview is your opportunity to show that you have the skills they are looking for in a graduate trainee. The interviewers are also looking for evidence that you have thought carefully about your decision to apply to Kent County Council. The questions are you are likely to face are behavioural, based on the skills required for the job.
Interviews can be nervous occasions, but with good preparation you can be confident that you have the answers ready to any question you may be asked. Read more about how to approach interviews with the JobTestPrep free guide to interviews. A mock interview is also a very good way of pulling together your preparation and ensuring that you know how you will respond in real interview conditions.
In some cases you may be asked back for a second interview.
Your assessment results are combined with the impression you have made at interview to decide whether to give you an offer of a position, making it imperative that you impress at every stage of the application process. Prepare for each assessment with JobTestPrep and get the position you want!