Interview Questions


"I had to talk about a time where I had multiple projects, and what my solution for the problems facing adult social care would be (and I was honest and said I didn't know but looked to find out - the interviewers are looking for critical thinking skills much more than someone who just knows things!)."
Midlevel, London
"My interview had a lot of focus on the council and its plans for the future, so read the Corporate Plan. I also had to identify why I was interested in local government and this council in particular."
Graduate, Hertfordshire
"I was asked why I wanted to work in local government and for West Sussex and what challenges I felt were facing the council and local government as a whole. I also had to describe myself in three words with explanation, talk about what my long term goals were/where I saw myself in five years, and give examples on how I showed certain skills in my past experiences, such as teamwork and initiative."
Graduate, Chichester
"During my interview I had to show why I wanted to work in local government and when I had worked as a team/taken on the role of leader. I had to tell my interviewer which areas I was interested in working in (i.e. public health, social care etc), and whether I would move here if I got the job."
Graduate, Gloucester
"The NGDP appoint for attitude and train for skills, so I was asked to give my opinion on this. I had to show how the HR service contributes to raising the morale and engagement of staff at a time when there is uncertainty and continuous change. I think it is important to explain what experience you have and how you could apply that in the future. If you don't have that experience yet, show how you would go about it. Your mind-set and attitude towards things is often more valuable than the experience you have."
"I was asked about different elements of my application form - to elaborate on experiences I'd mentioned or consider different ways of approaching them. I was also asked questions on commitment too, and on my experience with the public sector - they definitely want you to demonstrate your passion and keenness for the role. There were a couple of curveball questions on moral dilemmas - just stay calm and be honest!"
Graduate, London


"I was asked to act as a local authority officer and pitch an idea for a charity event to senior local authority officials. I was also instructed to act as part of a fictional senior management team with other applicants and deal with a range of issues."
Graduate, Ipswich
"Interview questions included: why do you want to work in local government? What are the biggest challenges facing local government? How have your extra-curricular activities shaped where you are today?"
Midlevel, London
"The interviewer asked me questions such as 'why do you want to work for this Council in particular? 'What do you think are the biggest issues affecting this city?' 'In your opinion what is the difference between leadership and management?'"
Entry level, Sheffield
"I was asked about how I would approach a specific problem or project, examples of how I had worked on projects in the past and what I hope to achieve on the scheme."
Graduate, London
"I was asked general questions about experience, skills and drive to work in local government, in addition to questions to test my understanding of local government."
Graduate, Halifax
"Some interview questions included: why do you want to join Local Government? What are you looking to get out of this graduate scheme? Where do you see yourself in five years' time?"
Graduate, Norwich
"I was asked questions about why I wanted to work in local government, why I wanted to be part of the NGDP, why I wanted to work at Surrey County Council, and what attributes I had which I thought made me suitable for the role."
Graduate, London
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