Thank you for your interest in applying for a role at Department for Transport! You’re likely looking at this page because you’ve applied for a position within DfT or one of its executive agencies, or you’re thinking of submitting an application.

This page is designed to guide you through what you can expect during the application process.

Please be aware that this is a general guide and some campaigns may have additional stages or assessments when finding a suitable candidate. It’s recommended you read the advert you’re applying for in full alongside this page to ensure you have all the necessary information available to you.

Success Profiles: created to support your success!

The Department for Transport, alongside other Government Departments recruit using Success Profiles. This means that for each role, we consider what behaviours and experience you will need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, as well as driving performance and improving diversity and inclusivity.

The selection process 

Your recruitment journey will lead you through three stages:

  1. Application
  2. Interview/assessment
  3. After the interview

Please refer to the relevant Success Profiles documents throughout the first two stages to ensure you are providing evidence that allows you to shine!

1. Your application

First, you are encouraged to become familiar with the role profile you are interested in. You may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Next, you will be expected to complete an online application form via Civil Service Jobs. All communication from us will be via email, so you will require a valid email address in order to log in and apply. Please also see Things You Need to Know for further information about our recruitment process.

While considering your experience, if you are asked to provide a CV and personal statement, please tailor these to provide evidence of the behaviours, strengths or technical skills highlighted within the job advert. Our Candidate Guidance provides tips on the best way to write your application.

Once you have hit the “submit” button, we will email you to confirm that we have received your application. Your submitted application will then be assessed against the Success profiles framework. Well done for taking the first step!

Please note that feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Online tests

For some posts, we may want to assess you by using a psychometric test. This is one of the most effective ways of assessing people fairly, consistently and transparently.

Any necessary tests will be stated on the job advert, and you’ll be sent an email invitation containing instructions on how to proceed to take your test online.

There are five commonly used tests:

  • Civil Service Verbal Test (Verbal Test)
  • Civil Service Numerical Test (Numerical Test)
  • Civil Service Judgement Test (Judgement Test)
  • Civil Service Management Judgement Test (Management Judgement Test)
  • Civil Service Work Strengths Test (Work Strengths Test)

You may be asked to complete one or more of these, but don’t worry, no specialist knowledge or experience is required for our tests. We do, however, ask that you only provide your own answers.

Once you have completed the test, you can access test feedback by visiting your Application Centre.

2. Your interview

If you have been invited to be interviewed for the role, you will receive an email to inform you of this offer. This will normally contain a selection of dates and times, so you can choose a slot that suits your availability. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

It’s time to get excited!

Interview dates and locations

We will aim to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates. 

Please note: We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. This means there is a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview. 

Please continue with your application journey as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly.

How will your interview look?

The selection process will be designed specifically for your role. As a result, if you are invited to interview, your assessment could include: 

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  • a telephone Interview.
  • a video Interview.
  • a face-to-face interview.
  • an interview with one or more exercises or a presentation.
  • a full day of activities including interactive, written and timed exercises. 

Your interview may consist of a range of questions. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any given situation, as well as specific examples of things you have done.

The job advert will specify which strengths and behaviours you will be assessed on, as well as any technical skills you may require. 

Your interview may also include questions about:

  • what energises and motivates you.
  • how you would manage situations relevant to the role.
  • your previous experience.
  • your professional skills and knowledge.

3. After the interview

After your interview, you may be wondering what happens next…

Shortly after the interview, you will receive an email notification that will inform you of the outcome. Just remember, whether you are successful or unsuccessful on this occasion, your journey doesn’t end here!

If you are successful

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Congratulations! This is just the beginning. You will receive email updates regarding the next steps of the onboarding process. In readiness for your new role, for security purposes, the below checks will be carried out.

As part of pre-employment screening, you will be subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment. 

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5-year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government. 

You must also pass a disclosure and barring security check. If you are transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check may be carried out. 

As soon as the above checks have been cleared, you can look forward to receiving further information about beginning your new appointment.

If you are unsuccessful

In some cases, we hold a reserve list for up to twelve months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the reserve list, you may be considered for the post. Within the reserve list period, your application form and selection information may be shared across the department and its agencies.

If we don’t hold a reserve list for the role you applied for, there are always plenty of other DfT opportunities to explore.

Check out Civil Service Jobs to continue your search for the role that is waiting for you.

Good luck on your journey!