You’ve sailed through the online tests, you’ve done the e-tray, you’ve passed the video interview- and now it’s on to the Fast Stream Assessment Centre. Well done for making it so far! Read on to find out how to give the FSAC your very best shot.
Don’t forget to read the 2017 FSAC Guide for practice exercises, and check our Facebook page for other opportunities for support. We’re here to help you get through it- do get in touch with any questions.
– QMUL Fast Stream Outreach Team
- Get to know the competencies (Fast Stream ones are Level 3). Each exercise will highlight different ones. See the competency framework below.
- Take a look at the practice scenarios in the FSAC guide – they’re very similar to the actual exercises you’ll get on the day.
- Dial-a-Fast Streamer- if you contact us through our Facebook page, one of us will do our best to chat you through the assessment centre by phone.
- Make sure to unwind and get a good night’s sleep- you can do it.
On the day:
- Eat breakfast and stay hydrated.
- Dress professionally, but prioritise comfort.
- A digital watch is useful for keeping track of time in the exercises.
- Remember that you aren’t directly competing with the other candidates- if all of you perform well, you could all get through. Be friendly and collaborative, and don’t get intimidated.
- Keep your spirits up- every exercise is scored individually. If you feel like you weren’t at your best in one, regroup before the next challenge.
- Don’t neglect the self-assessment that they’ll ask you to complete after each task. Take time to correctly identify the competencies you demonstrated effectively and which ones you need to develop- it’s important to show your own awareness of your strengths.
- Enjoy it! It really helps if you pretend that you’re already a civil servant during the exercises. The day is tiring but it can be a lot of fun if you get into it.