Bit of a non sequitur but i have to vent my frustration! I still haven't heard!
Question: if they need to assign a mix of scores, ages, genders and experience to each department, does this mean they make a compatible group and send that to the dept (in which case it does not really matter what your score was in terms of how quickly you get assigned) OR does it mean that they work from the top assigning people quite quickly at first and then slower and slower as they try to tesselate the remainder, ie needing to satisfy their mix criteria?
The former theory would suggest that departments already mentioned on here as having assigned people (BERR, Home Office, DfT, MoD, HMRC ... any others?) would have filled all their places and therefore i can assume I am going to a different department.
The latter theory would suggest that those assigned so far have higher FSAC scores than me (I would not be surprised!)
Anyone care to speculate?!
Just to flag up with all of you who are about to join the Fast Stream, I met up with some other FSers from various departments and they tell me the next intake will be starting sometime in September. Don't panic if you haven't heard - just keep hassling Cabinet Office. You may have already done that but you'll find that although it might seem like trying to get blood out of a stone, in a years time you'll be that stone trying to hold onto that blood while some trade press magazine is trying to get something from you - for example.
It may well be that some departments are still going through their business planning process and don't know how many people they'll need for which posts, in which case Cabinet Office can't get back to you to say yay or nay.
A couple of things to throw on your horizon, every month we have a cross Whitehall gathering - ask your grade manager about it when you arrive, and there's also a Fast Streamers Ball later on this autumn - again, you should be told about this when you start. (Last time around over 200 people went to it.)
So...keep your eyes peeled for all things social when you start.
Hi All- I hope i get to meet some of you. It does seem as if the Commons is a bit more isolated....oh well....
anyway, a friend of mine asked me today about how to get through the online tests. Despite doing them in October last year, I cant remember how many verbal questions there were and how many numerical and in what time frame? Anyone remember?? Secondly can anyone recall how many questions followed from each stem??
And finally, I prepared by doing different questions from different online sources and my university careers centre stuff, but are there any good single sources that people can recommend??
Practising numerical tests can make a massive difference. I managed to get a top 5% nationwide score for a numerical test at a consultancy firm despite not being great at maths, and that I put purely down to practice.
re: numerical reasoning
I got a great book from amazon which basically takes you back to really simple maths but helps you do it faster and has loads of practice. I just did the chapters on percentages, interest, and the graph analysis stuff. It's called 'How to Pass Numerical Reasoning Tests' (by Heidi Smith) and it does exactly what it says on the spine!
I don't think it matters how well you've done in the verbal/numerical parts if you don't "score" well in the competency questionnaire. It's not the kind of thing you can cheat at (i.e. giving them the answers you think they want to hear, it's put together in such a fashion that you'll soon find yourself coming unstuck if you do that, 'cause they're very good at picking up inconsistencies in your responses) but I re-iterate that it definitely helps to think confidently about yourself, your ability to work as part of a team and to "think outside the box". This rather strange advice will make more sense when you actually fill it in!
Arn't we the 2008 intake?