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did you find the tests difficult?
how far did you get and how long did it take?
I seem to remember this is why my mate worked his way up the grades the slow way since he didn't want to be shoved around to do anything at all.
Still, once you get to Grade 7 you're pretty much buying all the drinks for all time.
Just being a Grade 7. Or Grade anything for that matter.
I AM BENDER, PLEASE INSERT GIRDER.
I failed the test that was like "Would you grass your boss if he was stealing?" because all the answers were the same
Yes - I'd go behind their back
Yes - I'd tell them first then grass
Yes - I'd beat him up too for stealing HM property
i've done some practice ones which i OWNED so... argh.
But my maths skills were awful compared to now
she said the tests aren't difficult as such, but they involve a different way of thinking and there are certain tricks that she and everyone else in her intake used to get through - she didn't say what they were though so I'm not much help really.
They did send her somewhere crap within the first two years, she was at the Home Office in Croydon dealing with a Judicial Review caseload, pretty much my idea of hell on earth. She's in China now though, that's probably a bit better.
from the other civil servants who worked their way up the non-fast stream way.
But that's only because the faststreamers are all insufferable twunts.
even the nice ones feel the need to mention their FT status at the drop of a hat. plus, imo, you never get good or the hang of anything. you just get pushed pillar to post and then get scared of scs.
ONLY DO IT IF YOU WANT TO BE SCS. it's a waste of everyone else's time and patience otherwise. plus i'd make a much better grade 7 than them because i did the time and got their on my own merits thank you very much.
plus, grade 7 salaries inner london start around £44k. not that good imo.
grade 5 on the other hand... £70k and upwards depending on where you are.
A new fast-tracker started working underneath her and immediately requested a move saying that she wasn't senior enough to be supervising him and that he would only work under her manager, so my friend had a word with her boss. Her boss said, "Did you tell him to 'Fuck Off'?" When she said no, he opened his office door, called the guy inside and told him to Fuck Off.
found the tests pretty tricky tbh, im a law graduate and the maths stuff just merked me, im a words man. did all the self assessment ones and got a bit dispirited tbh but think i did the main ones better, so many stages to go through tho jeez
they are looking for a specific type of person (as alluded to above by others). the backstabbing ruthless kind. this kind of person does not go down well in the civil service. which means most of your friends will be fast-streamers. who are backstabbing ruthless kinds.
don't get me wrong, i know a fair few of fast-streamers personally and through work. in fact i know or have known 6. 5 of them are/were absolute cunts.
it's a great way to get into the civil service and learn about a vast array of things in a very short space of time. it's not for the faint-hearted, though, and i would advise against it. apply for an EO job in the civil service and work your own way up if you want to be a civil servant. EO salaries start in the low to mid £20k region.
can i ask: do you actually WANT to be a civil servant? can i also ask why?
wewrotethebook.co.uk or something like that....
its a little easier, they let me in, but you have to become an accountant.
but the wikijobs site and forum is really great for this kinda thing
The maths one was well hard.
It is fairly easy to get the "right" answer to the "what would you do" style questions.
But... getting the correct answers means "either", you are a "cunt", you are a "liar" or you are "both".