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    Hey guys, got an offer from the GLS last year and posted this in another thread that's probably buried - hope it's helpful for those of you currently in the process:

    (Original post by thetfordkid0)
    Hey there, I was offered a Sept 2017 TC at the GLS but chose another TC that I was offered from a law firm. I also volunteered at the CAB for up to 2 years which drew me to the GLS as well! Thought I would just let you know further details of the application process if you'd like.From what I recall, there are 4 stages to the application process:

    1 - Application: Long form to fill in but nothing detailed required other than your work experience. This also includes a situational judgement test that is fairly easy due to the common sense nature of the test, e.g. multiple choice of what actions to do if you have a conflict with a colleague.

    2 - Verbal Reasoning: Those who are successful by passing the situational judgement test are then given a verbal reasoning test to do. Standard type (forgot which company, could be made by the UK Gov specifically), and requires a pass.

    3 - Critical Reasoning/Watson Glazer: This is a toughie, being a standard Watson Glazer BUT you have to be within the top X% of people who pass this test. I believe it was about 100-150 who get to the final stage from 3000+ applicants.

    4 - Assessment Centre: This is split into two halves -

    First half (1 hour) is the written assessment which is answering a number of questions based on a short fact file given to you that requires no prior legal knowledge, e.g. what are the pros and cons of doing X based on the current law (extracts given to you) and the documents provided.

    Second half is the interview (1 hour) which I felt was split into 3 segments: First 15 minutes was to answer questions from the panel on your written assessment, including correcting any mistakes, adding anything on, etc. Afterwards, the questions are competency-focused and an assessment grid is strictly adhered to (this is available to you on their website). I felt that this was very much of a grilling on competency-based stuff, and was absolutely gruelling. Finally, there are a few personal questions on motivations and wider knowledge, e.g. why GLS, tell us some law issues you have been interested in, public law interests, etc. Then a chance to ask your own questions.

    Following this, you will (hopefully) get 2 responses - firstly whether you have PASSED the assessment centre, but this does not guarantee that you get the TC, and secondly whether you scored high enough in those that have passed to achieve the TC. I got the email as to whether I passed the day after (I was in the last AC slot) and received a phone call for the TC offer a couple days afterwards. I believe it is 35 trainees taken on in total.

    You also receive a full report of your AC on your strengths and weaknesses and your marks for each section, which was extremely helpful for reflection although I did get mine a good 2 or so months after the AC.

    One key thing to note is that you will have the choice of 3 departments - GLD, BIS and NCA. There are limited vacancies specifically for BIS and NCA, but your choices are important as it will be those who are in charge of the relevant departments that will be choosing who to offer TCs to.

    Hope that's been helpful, and if you have any questions on the application process let me know!
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    (Original post by thetfordkid0)
    Hey guys, got an offer from the GLS last year and posted this in another thread that's probably buried - hope it's helpful for those of you currently in the process:
    The AC has got easier since I did it it seems :p:
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    I rushed the end and did the last three questions in about 30 seconds so pretty sure they are wrong. The rest I was happy with though. Does anyone know if that is likely to mean its the end for me? Or does anyone have any idea how many people are at the VRT stage...and how many are to go on to the next? I am wondering if its a case of needing to meet a certain benchmark i.e. a passmark or whether its a case of being in a certain slice of the total number of candidates? I am hoping I can scrape through. SO disappointed.
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    (Original post by anwha)
    I rushed the end and did the last three questions in about 30 seconds so pretty sure they are wrong. The rest I was happy with though. Does anyone know if that is likely to mean its the end for me? Or does anyone have any idea how many people are at the VRT stage...and how many are to go on to the next? I am hoping I can scrape through. SO disappointed.
    It's hard to know if it's the end, because it will depend on your overall mark - some people may go through it quickly and get questiosn wrong throughout. As hard as it is to wait and see, there really is no point second guessing these things.
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    (Original post by Ethereal)
    It's hard to know if it's the end, because it will depend on your overall mark - some people may go through it quickly and get questiosn wrong throughout. As hard as it is to wait and see, there really is no point second guessing these things.
    Ethereal, i know what you mean...I should just law of attraction that invite to the next stage email into my inbox...I felt solid on the first 20...then gradually more rushed...with the last three being basically unread!

    I wonder if its a case of getting a passmark at a certain level...or if you are pitched against everyone and you have to be in a certain slice to reach the next round. Do you know?
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    I missed the deadline to apply by four hours :/

    Thought it said 5pm not 12!!
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    (Original post by anwha)
    Ethereal, i know what you mean...I should just law of attraction that invite to the next stage email into my inbox...I felt solid on the first 20...then gradually more rushed...with the last three being basically unread!

    I wonder if its a case of getting a passmark at a certain level...or if you are pitched against everyone and you have to be in a certain slice to reach the next round. Do you know?
    I suspect it is the latter - I think (but I could be wrong as I'm a bit out of touch with this now) each stage is intended to filter down towards the 100 or so they want to take to assessment centre
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    (Original post by Lord Jon)
    I missed the deadline to apply by four hours :/

    Thought it said 5pm not 12!!
    That's got to hurt!
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    (Original post by anwha)
    I rushed the end and did the last three questions in about 30 seconds so pretty sure they are wrong. The rest I was happy with though. Does anyone know if that is likely to mean its the end for me? Or does anyone have any idea how many people are at the VRT stage...and how many are to go on to the next? I am wondering if its a case of needing to meet a certain benchmark i.e. a passmark or whether its a case of being in a certain slice of the total number of candidates? I am hoping I can scrape through. SO disappointed.
    I did exactly the same. I'm so dissappointed as well. I did really well in my practice tests but in the real one I started to run out of time, and after about question 21 I started to rush them all, and ended up selecting completely random answers on the last 3 questions 😩 We can't do anything now except wait for Tuesday.
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    (Original post by Lord Jon)
    I missed the deadline to apply by four hours :/

    Thought it said 5pm not 12!!
    this almost happened me!
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    (Original post by Ethereal)
    That's got to hurt!
    It's peed me off a lot tbh! I learnt a lesson about organisation though from it...

    Looks like I'm giving it a shot next year then
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    (Original post by anwha)
    this almost happened me!
    Such an annoying feeling. Tbh I've had a rough year so a lot of deadlines slipped past me...
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    (Original post by anwha)
    making me feel SLIGHTLY better about it then...that even if you are good...you can mess up a bit in the real thing. maybe i should stop thinking that's it for me and just wait and see.
    It might be for you, but don't lose heart. You always have the option of qualifying elsewhere and then applying for qualified posts
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    When do we hear? Is it Tuesday?
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    (Original post by thetfordkid0)
    Hey guys, got an offer from the GLS last year and posted this in another thread that's probably buried - hope it's helpful for those of you currently in the process:
    Awesome post, thank you! Do you have any insight to the marking criteria for the competency stuff?

    I had a competency interview for another civil service job a few years, and despite feeling prepared I think that was probably hands down the worst interview I've ever sat in. Needless to say I didn't get the job.

    I was able to meet one of the interviewers last week at a HMRC event and she said they really, really put in boot in for these... so now I am worried! Especially as there seems to be a shorter gap between AC and tests so I won't be able to have a mock interview at school.
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    (Original post by monokurobuu)
    Awesome post, thank you! Do you have any insight to the marking criteria for the competency stuff?

    I had a competency interview for another civil service job a few years, and despite feeling prepared I think that was probably hands down the worst interview I've ever sat in. Needless to say I didn't get the job.

    I was able to meet one of the interviewers last week at a HMRC event and she said they really, really put in boot in for these... so now I am worried! Especially as there seems to be a shorter gap between AC and tests so I won't be able to have a mock interview at school.
    It's a sliding scale (probably from 1 - 5) on how well you evidence that competency.

    The absolute key thing is to:
    - give a very brief description of the situation you are talking about
    - give a very brief explanation of the specific task within that situation
    - give a reasonable amount of information about what [b]you/[b] did - frame this around the competency in question
    - finish by saying what the outcome was
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    Did anyone get email confirmation or anything after completing the VRT?
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    (Original post by GeneralStudent95)
    Did anyone get email confirmation or anything after completing the VRT?
    I did yesterday but I think this was only because I telephoned about it on Wednesday.
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    (Original post by GeneralStudent95)
    Did anyone get email confirmation or anything after completing the VRT?
    Nope. Not me.
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    (Original post by Galf)
    I did yesterday but I think this was only because I telephoned about it on Wednesday.
    (Original post by divamk)
    Nope. Not me.
    Great thanks — I didn't receive one either. I was just wondering if that was normal or whether I should get in touch with them, but it seems to be alright!
 
 
 
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