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I'm unclear on how many stages are left. Is it just the video interview or is there an assessment centre/face-to-face interview after?
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i was just wondering, how many people are actually on the scheme? and what is the interview stage like after the video interview? is it an assessment-centre-style day?
Congrats to those who've got through!

So last year there were... 1912 applicants, 182 invited to interview, and about 70 of us started as interns.

When I applied the VI was the last stage... I don't know if they've changed that. The application pack I had made it sound like a face-to-face interview but it got changed to a video one.

audreywannabe I found questions were quite similar as I'm pretty sure they were targeting the same competencies. I think the format of the VI is the hard part! Rather than the questions themselves. Just getting use to being timed and talking into a camera etc
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Hey guys, an e-mail has just come through re the video interviews. Its definitely the final stage and is on the same behaviours as the written application. I know this has come up before but does anyone have any definitive authority as to whether its ok to use the same examples? Thanks!!
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Oh wow fair enough, it said in the booklet thing that there would be interviews after them, but this puts a lot more pressure on these video interviews haha. In last years thread I think people talked about reusing examples being ok
Hey guys, an e-mail has just come through re the video interviews. Its definitely the final stage and is on the same behaviours as the written application. I know this has come up before but does anyone have any definitive authority as to whether its ok to use the same examples? Thanks!!
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Hey stick with it dude! I'm a dual national too and it's taken me ages to get used to this competency approach. A lot of it comes from experience. This is my second time applying for the FCO and Fast Stream and did better second time round!
(Original post by liebemanc)
In the exact same boat as you - also rejected and I’m also a dual national and I felt like my application was really strong, I really felt a ticked off all the compentencies, ah well.I must say I’m surprised to have heard back so quickly when they’re still sifting until 31st March - I’m guessing this means we didn’t make it past the initial first stage? Quite gutted because I really want to work for the FCO but I feel I’ll never make it with this competency type of approach haha
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Thanks I will definitely apply again next year, and to the fast stream this year, going to try and brush up on my competencies in the meantime and hope it'll work! haha. Are you still waiting to hear back? Good luck if so
(Original post by Uncle_Fester)
Hey stick with it dude! I'm a dual national too and it's taken me ages to get used to this competency approach. A lot of it comes from experience. This is my second time applying for the FCO and Fast Stream and did better second time round!
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Hello - does anyone know how long we'll have to complete the video interview? I'm away on holiday for 4 days, and I'm just really hoping that we have a week to do it rather than just a few days. Also, is everyone revising the 10 competencies? That's what it seems like should do, but I'm finding it quite hard to think of enough examples! I'm still really excited though.
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Yup I started in September and finish at the end of May.

My experience is probably a little different to most interns as I work in a different building where there's only 3 departments so it's quite a small, friendly, "community". And I'm the only intern there. Whereas the main building is huge!

I'm working in Protocol in one of the departments that organises events... so certainly not what I envisaged but pretty perfect for me so I've been really happy with my placement. Other interns in my induction had all kinds of placements - Private Office, Consular, Geographic desks, HR, Sanctions, Arms Control, Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Diversity & Inclusion etc. So lots of variation!

My team have been great. I've been made to feel like a "proper" member of staff and given the responsibility of a full role even though I'm "just an intern". But at the start I got plenty of mentoring so I was never made to feel like I'd been thrown in the deep end not knowing how to swim! My Line Manager has also been really supportive of me getting L&D, so I've worked on projects and events with the other departments in my building, and signed up for additional training (there's loads of stuff going on in the main building). I've also volunteered for a few events that needed extra staff.

The interns are also great as a group - we have a whatsapp chat and one intern is organising weekly "conferences" where he tries to get an FCO staff member in to discuss their role or what their department is doing and other interns can talk about their jobs too. There's also an internal Intern mailing list so I quite frequently get emails from other interns about events their department are hosting or volunteer opportunities etc. Being disabled I don't get to be as involved as I'd like and I don't get to socialise outside of work - but the opportunities are there! (Incidentally - as someone disabled I've found the FCO very supportive!)

I'd definitely recommend it and I'm hoping to stay in the FCO after my internship. It definitely gives you a lot of opportunities, and I think whatever department you end up in you'll be learning transferable skills that will help in any Civil Service job. "Organising events" certainly wasn't what I expected to be doing this year, and it might not seem like I'm getting the most useful experience compared to someone who's perhaps writing Ministerial briefings or dealing with policy... but in the Civil Service, as you'll have gathered from your application, it's all about competencies (now changing to Success Profiles with behaviours and skills which are essentially the same thing)... so I'm definitely covering Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Partnering and Collaborating with Others etc etc. so I've plenty to talk about in future job applications.
And of course you get the benefit of the Fast Pass for the Fast Stream (assuming they offer that again!).
Hello Sophia,

I noticed that you are an intern at the FCO. I was also interested in this scheme but was unsuccessful this year. If you do not mind can you give me an idea about what examples you used when answering the behavioural questions: Delivering at Pace, Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service and Working Together.

Thank you in advance
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Hello, I was also wondering if we have to revise the 10 competencies. In the email it said that the behaviours we will be assessed on during the interview are the same as the ones we did for competencies.
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Hello - does anyone know how long we'll have to complete the video interview? I'm away on holiday for 4 days, and I'm just really hoping that we have a week to do it rather than just a few days. Also, is everyone revising the 10 competencies? That's what it seems like should do, but I'm finding it quite hard to think of enough examples! I'm still really excited though.
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Hello Sophia,

I noticed that you are an intern at the FCO. I was also interested in this scheme but was unsuccessful this year. If you do not mind can you give me an idea about what examples you used when answering the behavioural questions: Delivering at Pace, Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service and Working Together.

Thank you in advance
I'm afraid I really can't remember the exact examples I used, sorry!

I find the competencies quite hard/not very logical... I've been applying for some external vacancies and for Making Effective Decisions I used an example that my Line Manager had used on my Fast Pass. For the Fast Pass that example was graded 3/4 (at required level with limited development required) and signed off at that rating by the Cabinet Office. The same example for for 2 Home Office job applications at the same grade (EO) was graded 2/7 and 3/7 which is...
2 Minimal demonstration Limited positive evidence provided
3 Moderate demonstration Moderate positive evidence provided
Yet when I applied for a Home Office job a grade higher (HEO) with the exact same example.... 4/7 (Acceptable demonstration Adequate positive evidence provided).

So, basically, I wouldn't worry too much!
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Has anyone received their video link yet ?
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Nope not yet! I'm surprised as they said it would be early this week
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Has anyone received their video link yet ?
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Ahh that’s reassuring, thought maybe I just hadn’t received it, hopefully it will come through soon!
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I haven't either. I wonder how long we will get to complete it after we receive the link?
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Has anyone received their video link yet ?
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Just received mine! So VI is definitely the last stage right?
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Fraid not! I got my video interview offer too. The VI is the stage before interview/assessment centre. That is the final stage from what the documentation shows.
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Just received mine! So VI is definitely the last stage right?
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The video interview is the final stage, my interview invitation reads “we have chosen video interviewing for this final stage of the process”.
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Fraid not! I got my video interview offer too. The VI is the stage before interview/assessment centre. That is the final stage from what the documentation shows.
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Oops! it appears that Paulska is right here. Just reviewed the application process and their 'Interview assessments' triggered a 'assessment day' alarm in my head. It appears that this is merely the time they take to review the interviews. My bad!
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The video interview is the final stage, my interview invitation reads “we have chosen video interviewing for this final stage of the process”.
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Anyone have any ideas what the questions will be like? and how are you guys practising?
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Do you think it's best to revise all 10 competencies? I wasn't too sure, so have focused on the main 4.
(Original post by GeorgeD96)
Hello - does anyone know how long we'll have to complete the video interview? I'm away on holiday for 4 days, and I'm just really hoping that we have a week to do it rather than just a few days. Also, is everyone revising the 10 competencies? That's what it seems like should do, but I'm finding it quite hard to think of enough examples! I'm still really excited though.
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