If you have applied for Asylum Decision Maker or wider Home Office positions in the past you will notice some changes to the usual recruitment process to make it easier and quicker for candidates.
Assessment and provisional offers are fast tracked as part of these campaigns, we would recommend you completing your online test (BBA) as soon as possible to ensure you can complete the recruitment process sooner and secure your new role (if successful)
Expand each of the sections below to understand a little more about each element of the process: -
You will complete an online application form. The progress of your application will be highlighted to you as you complete the relevant sections.
Once you have submitted the application you will receive a confirmation email and an invite to undertake a Behavioural Based Assessment.
Behavioural Based Assessment
The test will consist of a series of Game Based Assessments that look at your natural tendencies in a variety of situations. The purpose of the assessment is to identify the most crucial behaviours necessary to become high performers within the organisation. For more guidance on how the assessment works, please click here.
This assessment can be completed on a smartphone, tablet, or a laptop/desktop computer, and you will need to set aside 45 minutes to complete the assessment.
If you apply for multiple vacancies you will only need to take the assessment once as the result will be shared across all applications.
The written test is an exercise designed to see how you communicate with others in writing. You do not need any knowledge or experience specific to the Asylum Decision Maker role to be able to complete the exercise, nor do you need any specific knowledge or experience relating to the scenario presented.
The test on average will take you 50 minutes, you should be able to complete in one sitting and this must be your own work.
All applications are screened for plagiarism and copying of examples/answers from internet sources. If any is detected the application will be withdrawn from the process.
Once you submit your answer at the end of the test you will not be able to change or update your response
Online Assessment Centre
Within your Online Assessment Centre for Asylum Decision Maker roles you will undertake a Presentation exercise and a Live Interview.
This will ask you to deliver a short presentation based on the question sent with your invite to OAC. The purpose of the presentation is to assess that you can communicate and influence effectively and to showcase your skills as an Asylum Decision Maker. To help you prepare, please reference the Civil Service Behaviours. Following this you may be asked some follow up questions about your presentation.
The interview will consist of strength-based questions.
Strength based questions seek to find out what people enjoy and when they are at their best. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. It is important that you answer the questions as openly and honestly as you can, thinking about the kind of work you enjoy doing and the Asylum & Human Rights role you are applying for.
Please take your time to read and understand the Success Profiles - Civil Service Strengths Dictionary. This will provide you with an overview of the behaviours and give you a greater understanding about what we are looking for in the job.
Interviews will be conducted using a video platform. To check your technology please use the OAC Environment Checklist.
Where we are not in a position to offer posts immediately, we will place candidates (who meet the standard), on a merit/reserve list for up to 12 months. A reserve list may be created for other similar roles for a period of 12 months. Selection will be in Merit Order to fill the same role or similar roles with closely matching essential criteria and Success Profile elements without further assessment.
Near miss offers may be made at Administrative Officer (AO) grade to candidates who do not meet the required standard for Executive Officer (EO). These roles may be permanent or Fixed Term appointments dependent on business requirements.
Provisional offers of employment at this stage will be made via email. Please keep an eye on your Application Centre and inbox for updates.
Please note, offers need to be accepted within 5 calendar days, details of what happens next will be on the correspondence. If you do not accept the provisional offer within 5 calendar days, your offer may be withdrawn.
Please refer to FAQ or chat bot if you have any queries relating to your offer. Contact information is also available on the advert.
Applying for more than one Asylum Decision Maker vacancy
Please note that this vacancy consists of several linked adverts for the same roles but in different locations.
If you wish to apply for multiple locations, your assessment scores will automatically be carried across.
If you have received multiple job offers you will be requested at provisional offer stage to confirm your preferred location.
Please note, once you have agreed a start date for one location, you will be automatically withdrawn from any other locations.
When an offer of employment is made to you there are some additional requirements that must be completed before you can start. These are known as pre-employment or vetting checks and you must satisfy the requirement to prove your identity, where you live and your right to work in the UK. If you successfully pass this first stage, further checks are undertaken against criminal records, your health and employment history.
We will ask you to provide an ID document, proof of address and right to work in the UK. A list of acceptable ID documents will be disclosed in the advert. You can also use our ID document checker.
Please ensure that you provide the documentation requested within 48 hours of receiving the request since we are unable to proceed without them and your offer might be withdrawn. If you anticipate any problems in supplying this documentation please do not hesitate to the Recruitment Team on 0345 528 0427 or email HO-Recruitmentemail@example.com.
As a Disability Confident Leader, we seek to offer interviews for disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria, as published in the relevant job advert.
We offer a similar scheme for Veterans, in line with the initiative, A Great Place to Work for Veterans, and also for civil servants at risk of redundancy. If you wish to apply for consideration under these schemes, please complete the appropriate section on the online application form so that we can make any necessary arrangements.