University of Sussex
University of Warwick, graduated 2012
(BA English Literature)
First placement HR Fast Stream
Sept 2012 – April 2014
DWP – Civil Service Diversity and Equality team
The Civil Service Fast Stream
The Fast Stream is one of the UK’s leading graduate schemes
employing a large number of graduates into different
It consists of a 6 different schemes that involve contrasting
postings in different departments and different locations.
The Fast Stream is a demanding, varied and exciting
programme that allows you to amass a wide range of
experience in a very short time.
The Civil Service Fast Stream
There are 6 Fast Stream Schemes which you can apply for:
Graduate Fast Stream – central departments, diplomatic service,
Houses of Parliament, science and engineering
Analytical Fast Stream – economists, statisticians, social
researchers and operational researchers
HR Fast Stream
Technology in Business Fast Stream
European Fast Stream
Northern Ireland Fast Stream
The HR Fast Stream
The HR Fast Stream is one of the Schemes in the Fast Stream
which is aimed at those with an interest in the HR Profession.
It consists of two challenging 18 month placements in different
departments and different geographic locations.
The HR Fast Stream allows you to gain a wide range of HR
experience in a very short time with the aim of equipping you to
become the future HR leaders of the Civil Service.
What is Human Resources?
HR in the Civil Service
• The Civil Service has the largest variety of HR roles available
within any given organisation.
• Imagine any type of HR role, in any company and you can find
it within the Civil Service.
• There are a huge range of broad and specialist opportunities.
• Your role will have a direct impact on society.
• You will have responsibility from day one.
• Diverse, challenging and interesting opportunities available across
• A strong support network.
• Generous Terms and Conditions
• Full support to gain associate membership of the CIPD and a
recognised qualification – the Post Graduate Diploma in Human
• A competitive starting salary of £25,000 - £27,000.
Salary entry point & progression
G6 – (circa £53k)
G7 – (circa £43k)
AO – (c.£16k)
AA – (c.£15.5k)
SEO – (circa £30.5k)
(c.£25k – £27k for HRFS)
EO – (c.£21.5k)
to G7 in only
What we’re looking for
Prospective candidates should:
Hold or expect to achieve at least a 2:2 degree (any discipline)
Have a genuine interest in all areas of the HR profession and in pursuing a career
with Civil Service HR
Be flexible and geographically mobile
During the assessment process we’ll look for:
Inner confidence, strength and resilience
Motivation to learn and develop
The ability to apply analytical thinking and to bring fresh ideas
A keen focus on achieving positive outcomes for the Civil Service
The ability to communicate clearly and persuasively to create a positive impact
The Selection Process
Online Tests: October 2013 - January 2014
Consists of verbal reasoning, numerical tests and a competency questionnaire.
Practice tests are available on the Fast Stream website.
Supervised E-Tray Exercise: October 2013 - January 2014
Half day exercise at centres nationwide.
There is a practice exercise available on the Fast Stream website.
Assessment Centre: January 2014 - March 2014
Full day exercise at our assessment centre in London where you will be given a range of verbal and
Submit your application: 02 Sept - 31 Oct 2013
“There is no better place to be an HR
professional than in the Civil Service, and HR
can, and does, make a difference to the way
the Civil Service does business”
Head of Human Resources
in the Civil Service
This workshop will give you a flavour of what to expect from
the HR Fast Stream selection process.
It will introduce you to the 3 stages of the selection process
and the types of questions that you will be asked.
It will also provide you with some hints and tips for success.
Gender segregation is closely tied to the wide differences between male and female
earnings. Studies have shown that only about half of the variation in pay can be
attributed to lesser skills and training of women; the remainder reflects discriminatory
practices – the concentration of women in jobs that attract poor pay because they are
defined as low grade.
1. Variation in male and female salaries is not caused by discrimination. –
2. Most women are in poorly paid jobs.
3. Around 50 per cent of all variations in pay are due to women having been given
less training and skills.
Verbal Reasoning - Example 1
Japanese ascendancy has been attributed to many factors, among them cultural and historical
influences. Japan was a feudal society until little more than a hundred years ago and came quickly
into the industrialised era. This was thought to provide tight, integrated industrial and financial
structures. In particular, the broad cultural factors with which Japanese society seems imbued – the
extreme diligence and self-sacrifice of workers (the supposed Japanese ethic of ‘living to work’) and
the capacity to identify with common goals at all levels of the organisation – have been regarded as
the bedrock of Japan’s phenomenal success.
1. Japan’s industrial ascension took a fraction of the time of the UK’s, in part because of the tightly
integrated industrial and financial structures.
True/False/ Can’t tell
2. Japanese workers believe they work to live.
3. Japanese workers’ self-sacrifice has in part allowed Japan to move swiftly into the industrial era.
Verbal Reasoning – Example 2
1. In which year was the total number of defects per 1,000 televisions the greatest?
a. 2000 b. 2001 c. 2002 d. 2003 e. 2004
2. What was the overall percentage increase in the number of defects per 1,000 televisions in
Yorkshire, across the five years?
a. 21.11% b. 22.22% c. 23.33% d. 24.22% e. 25.55%
3. What was the ratio of the number of television defects per 1,000 in Yorkshire to Hampshire in
a. 1:3 b. 3:4 c. 4:3 d. 3:2 e. 3:1
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
York s hire
Ham ps hire
Television defects per 1000 purchased
in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Hampshire
Numerical Reasoning – Example 1
MEXICO CITY 9000
NEW YORK 5500
RIO DE JANERIO 9200
Flight distances from major airports from London
1. If it takes 10 hours to fly to Chicago from London, then how many hours would it take to fly to Sydney? (assuming same
a. 25 b. 26 c. 27 d. 28 e. 29
2. A flight from London to Rio de Janerio is re-routed to Mexico City. In kilometres what is the difference in the flight distance
now flown by plane?
a. 200 less b. 100 less c. 100 more d. 200 more e. 500 more
3. Two planes leave London half an hour apart. The first plane arrives in Mexico City 15 hours later at 04.00. If both planes
fly at the same speed, when does the second plane arrive in Rio de Janerio?
a. 04.00 b. 04.15 c. 04.20 d. 04.25 e. 04.50
Numerical Reasoning – Example 2
Online tests: Tips for Success
Familiarise yourself with verbal and numerical reasoning;
Make sure you work through the practice assessments which are available
on the Fast Stream website;
The assessments are timed – always be aware of how much time you
Consider the questions carefully to ensure you have fully understood what
it is they are asking;
Base your answer on the information provided; and
If you are stuck on a particular question it is best not to dwell on it but to
move on to the next question.
An E-tray exercise is a type of work sample exercise.
Work sample exercises are used for assessment purposes as they:
Ask people to make judgements and decisions about practical issues
Reflect work-related situations and assess how well people would
perform in such situations.
Provide evidence about an individual’s performance against a range of
work place competencies which are considered key to a role
Minimise subjectivity, bias, and irrelevance in the selection process
What is an E-tray exercise?
The FS e-tray exercise is a computer-based assessment which requires
you to read and respond to a series of messages presented in an e-mail
You will make decisions on a range of issues presented in a fictional
These decisions may require you to solve problems or respond to
enquiries and requests for information.
All of the information that you need to make these decisions will be
made available and no prior knowledge is relating to the scenario is
The Fast Stream E-tray exercise
E-tray Exercise: Tips for Success
Work through the practice e-tray exercise and guidance which are
available on the Fast Stream website;
Keep track of the time;
Try to work at an even, steady pace;
Read the instructions carefully to ensure that you have fully
understood what you need to do;
Base your answers on the information provided (remember to review
all background information including any e-mail attachments); and
If you are stuck on a particular question move on to the next
The Assessment Centre
The Assessment Centre takes place at our testing centre in London and it
consists of the following activities:
A written exercise
This written exercise (for which you will use a customised PC) is in two parts which last 15
minutes and 90 minutes respectively. Part one is designed to test your capacity for
constructive thinking by asking you to come up with innovative ideas to address a particular
challenge or problem. Part two is designed to test your ability to make decisions and
communicate with impact.
A group exercise
This oral exercise lasts approximately 45 minutes and is designed to test your ability to build
productive relationships, to communicate with impact and your drive for results. You will be
given approximately 30 minutes to prepare for the exercise by yourself after which you will
come together as a group to discuss the scenario.
Preparing and giving a briefing
You will be asked to present a solution to a fictitious problem and then asked
questions about your topic at the end of your presentation. It lasts up to 30 minutes
and is designed to test your ability to plan and achieve results, think constructively
and communicate with impact.
The one-to-one interview will last around 40 minutes. Your assessor will be
evaluating your ability to learn and develop and your ability to build productive
The Assessment Centre
Be confident Demonstrate
work in HR
Get plenty of
Draw on your
online – read
passion for HR
Assessment Centre: Tips for Success
unsure – ask!
How to apply
Apply online from 2nd
Applications close 31st
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Additional sources of information
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