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How to apply

Application process

There are several phases in the Fast Stream application process. Some of these assessments are multimedia in that they present information in video, audio, graphical or visual formats, as well as text. We hope you find it an engaging process and one that gives you a real insight into the role of a Fast Streamer.  

At the initial application stage you will be asked to complete some background information which will include some diversity questions - which are for monitoring purposes only and will have no bearing on selection outcomes - along with the opportunity to identify your preferences in terms of the different Fast Stream schemes, you can choose up to four.

Assessment Phases

  1. Online Tests - consists of Work Style Questionnaires and multimedia Situational Judgement Questionnaires. These are multiple-choice assessments. Candidates have 5 days to complete the Online Tests, which are not timed.
  2. Work Based Scenarios - consists of an Online Case Study and Learning Assessments. Both use multimedia and both are multiple-choice. Candidates have 5 days to complete the Work Based Scenarios.
  3. Video Interview - consists of a video-based interview where your answers to a series of pre-set questions are recorded and subsequently evaluated by an assessor. Candidates have 5 days to complete the Video Interview. 
  4. Additional information - depending on the schemes you have chosen, there may be additional information to be completed, an intermediate sift process, or a numerical test to take. Candidates have 7 days to complete any required additional information sections and/or numerical test.
  5. Fast Stream Assessment Centre - if you pass the above stages you’ll be invited to attend a half day assessment centre in either London or Newcastle. The Fast Stream Assessment Centre (FSAC) reflects some of the key elements of a Fast Stream role and will consist of a leadership exercise, a group exercise and a written analysis exercise. Information is presented via an iPad tablet, alternative formats are available. The FSAC takes 5 hours. 
  6. Final Selection Board - most schemes will then require a Final Selection Board (with the exception of the Generalist, Human Resources, Commercial and Finance schemes). We’ll ask you to attend this final assessment if you reach the required standard at FSAC.

Candidates with a disability

Fast Stream is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to supporting candidates with a disability who want additional support. An individual with a disability will be given the option at application stage to by-pass the Situational Judgement Questionnaires and also request appropriate reasonable adjustments at each assessment stage.  Adjustments may relate to additional time extensions, different test formats or other modifications.

Candidate feedback

At completion of each assessment stage, whether you are successful or unsuccessful, you will be offered written feedback that summarises your performance.

Post successful application up to starting your role

If successful, when you start work will depend on which Fast Stream scheme you’ve applied to. Most schemes start in September or October 2020.

Support during the application process

Please check the FAQ page on the website and log into your account for information both before and during the application process. If you have any other issues please contact us on faststream.applicationsupport@cabinetoffice.gov.uk