Civil service Job application, interview result

I got the email below, someone said its a "merit" email and the next job of that grade should be mine, anyone know anything about this "Merit" thing?

"
This vacancy attracted a number of highly qualified applicants and after careful consideration of all of the applications we are sorry to tell you that you have not been selected for appointment.


However, as you were a strong candidate we would like to keep your name on a reserve list. This list will be valid for 12 months from the date of this correspondence and if another vacancy arises for the same position we will contact you.

This email does not constitute a job offer.

Thank you for your interest in this position."
Aye mate, I'm on 2. Haven't heard nothing from either of them since I received the email months and months ago :lol::lol:
 
How do you find the competency question at interview process? I find it highly fucking inconsistent if I am honest :lol:. Can give the same answers at two different interviews for the same level job and score differently.

Are we talking the marvellous world of competency based interviews here?

I have input the same data for similar jobs, not got interviews and got interviews, no idea why, I should at least get face to face feedback on the interview as I actually work at the place of the interview and know the people involved.
 

Stubbs ftm

Winger
Are we talking the marvellous world of competency based interviews here?

I have input the same data for similar jobs, not got interviews and got interviews, no idea why, I should at least get face to face feedback on the interview as I actually work at the place of the interview and know the people involved.
Competency based applications and interviews are shite.
Supposed to be moving away from them in the Civil Service
 
Are we talking the marvellous world of competency based interviews here?

I have input the same data for similar jobs, not got interviews and got interviews, no idea why, I should at least get face to face feedback on the interview as I actually work at the place of the interview and know the people involved.
Yes mate the competency based interviews. I am on a reserve list for DWP at an AO level job, came out thinking the interview was terrible and I had no chance. I recently went to an EO level interview at Washington for HMRC, came out confident as I have ever been and scored miserably, 2s&3s :lol:
 

gardni

Midfield
A long time ago I got one of these, it would have been my first job so I was pretty disappointed at the time. They phoned pretty much the same day I think at worst 24 hours and offered me a job.

Little did I know how disappointed I'd be after finding out what working there is like.
 

houst69

Striker
I got the email below, someone said its a "merit" email and the next job of that grade should be mine, anyone know anything about this "Merit" thing?

"
This vacancy attracted a number of highly qualified applicants and after careful consideration of all of the applications we are sorry to tell you that you have not been selected for appointment.


However, as you were a strong candidate we would like to keep your name on a reserve list. This list will be valid for 12 months from the date of this correspondence and if another vacancy arises for the same position we will contact you.

This email does not constitute a job offer.

Thank you for your interest in this position."
You really want to work for the civil service? It's fucking shite.

Anyway you stood no chance, your not a woman and you have no disability
 

Cee Jay

Striker
Yes mate the competency based interviews. I am on a reserve list for DWP at an AO level job, came out thinking the interview was terrible and I had no chance. I recently went to an EO level interview at Washington for HMRC, came out confident as I have ever been and scored miserably, 2s&3s :lol:
Can you remember who interviewed you ?
 

Cee Jay

Striker
I can't remember the names, no. I would recognise the faces though. Why?

People were all being roped in to do some interviewing recently....
Unusual that people being appointed to Washington as it’s a transitional site....strong message coming out is that WVP is full and they’re trying to create room to accommodate people possibly arriving from closing offices( who can’t or won’t go to BPV)
 
People were all being roped in to do some interviewing recently....
Unusual that people being appointed to Washington as it’s a transitional site....strong message coming out is that WVP is full and they’re trying to create room to accommodate people possibly arriving from closing offices( who can’t or won’t go to BPV)
You must work in the civil service?

I was completely shocked that I failed the interview tbh. Then again, I prefer interviews where you can build a bit of rapport, doesn't seem like you get the chance with the civil service.
 

Cee Jay

Striker
You must work in the civil service?

I was completely shocked that I failed the interview tbh. Then again, I prefer interviews where you can build a bit of rapport, doesn't seem like you get the chance with the civil service.

Guessing it depends who the interviewers are ......colleagues doing the recent HO and O sifts are generally quite good at trying to establish rapport and getting candidate to relax.

Many are just stepping in to help out and not from a natural HR background , not that that’s any consolation to interviewee mind
 
Guessing it depends who the interviewers are ......colleagues doing the recent HO and O sifts are generally quite good at trying to establish rapport and getting candidate to relax.

Many are just stepping in to help out and not from a natural HR background , not that that’s any consolation to interviewee mind

I was interviewed at Lympstone Marine base recently, the first irratant was the stupid old bitch interviewing me thinking she was on time for the interview when 40 minutes late. Then she had to read the competencies and questions. Then told me it was flexi time then specified working hours, and holidays. The job was re-advertised about a month later, I didnt reapply (I did also have a shit interview, but just looking at the 2 fuckers interviewing me did put me off somewhat)
 

alanturing

Central Defender
I know the roles involved, no headphones, I have 20 years of experience in customer service, 15 as a manager, headphones are a fucking pain, but not the end of the world

Mate, the training is crap it’s all about number crunching and the quality of cases you deal with on your training (all live cases by the way) don’t matter. Live cases being done by trainees with little checking. Numbers numbers numbers ad nauseum.
It’s not a career it’s a sentence.
 

DonaldDownTheWing

Central Defender
I work for the civil service. It basically means there was x amounts of posts, and that you weren’t offered it. However if someone leaves, they go to the reserves.
 

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