Interview questions for jobs with the government in the UK

Are you interested in jobs with the government in the UK? Government jobs are very diverse in nature, so it's hard to give you an exact listing of the interview questions that you may come across. However, there are some standard questions that often come up across the board. Whether you're applying for a job as a political advisor or a government scientist, it's a good idea to prepare answers to these interview questions...

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why have you applied for this position?
  • What do you know about this department / organisation?
  • Talk us through your career history.
  • Talk us through your education history.
  • Why are you the best candidate for this job?
  • What do you believe that you can bring to this position?
  • What are your greatest strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Do you have experience working with XXXX (usually a technical programme or software system)?
  • How would you deal with YYYY (hypothetical situation)?
  • Name a time when you have dealt with ZZZZ.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
  • Why are you leaving your current position?
  • Do you have any holidays planned?
  • What is your salary expectation?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Also be prepared for detailed questioning on any aspect of your CV - for example, the duties of a job, the projects that you managed, the figures that you achieved etc.

As you can see, these are all fairly standard interview questions. Interviews for government jobs rarely include any trick questions that are designed to catch you out - so just stay calm and answer to the best of your ability.


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