I recently fell at the first hurdle of the civil service fast stream selection process - I didn’t pass the situational judgement test or the psychometric test. What annoys me is that there is no real way to prepare for these tests (other than looking at the competencies of the civil service - which I did), and there was no way of making myself stand out prior to this test as someone with more qualifications (plus I have a first) and work experience where I have demonstrated many of the competencies the civil service look for.
My question is what’s the point of these degrees, and work experience, if the graduate recruitment process is not even set up to screen for these things - they are more interested in random tests which for me seem to be a crapshoot that do not reflect people’s genuine capabilities in realistic scenarios. Additionally what is the point of striving for a first if you don’t even get to tell people you have a first before you go in for selection? Surely having a first demonstrates a level of dedication and hard work above a 2:1? I’m just a bit frustrated right now as you can imagine, and I don’t know how I’m going to make my additional qualifications and experience count for anything applying for other graduate schemes.