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First Secretary Dept Foreign Affairs - anyone through to video interview?

  • 12-11-2018 10:44am
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    Registered Users Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Beanzy


    Hi there, don't think there's a thread on this already, so said I'd start one.

    Has anyone applied for this? I've had confirmation that I'm through to the video interview, taking place this week. Never done one before, so wondering if anyone else in the same boat? Am private sector, with no public or foreign policy experience, but plenty of management and policy development experience in my current role. Not entirely sure how I position this for the third question, which specifically references foreign policy expertise, or "interest" in. Am plenty interested in this, specifically Brexit, but anyone can say that - not sure how to give it meaning!

    Anyway, just a shout-out to see if there's anyone else in the same boat.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7 ✭✭✭ adwickham


    I'm also through to the video interview stage. Does anyone know if you get a break in between recording answers to the 3 questions? I want to see if I have time to catch my breath/look over my prompts between each response. Thanks!


  • Registered Users Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Beanzy


    @adwickham, I have no idea... I presume so. Am I losing it or did we get an email with the 3 questions? I remember seeing something, and now I'm looking on my PublicJobs message board and my emails, and can't find anything...

    When are you planning to do yours?

    ETA, found the questions! In the first email confirming I was through to this round.

    Good luck to all!


  • Registered Users Posts: 7 ✭✭✭ adwickham


    I completed my responses this afternoon. I can confirm you can take a break between each of the responses so you can take a look back over notes before each one. Good luck all.


  • Registered Users Posts: 35 Starblue


    adwickham wrote: »
    I completed my responses this afternoon. I can confirm you can take a break between each of the responses so you can take a look back over notes before each one. Good luck all.

    Oh that’s great to know, thank you. Good luck with your app!


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    I hope to complete my video interview on Thursday evening. Having to try and condense my responses to 3 minutes is proving difficult! Good luck to all


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Beanzy


    Wel, I did mine on Thursday. You wouldn't think 3 x 3 minute answers could take so much prep, thought, condensing, practising etc. The questions were hard to condense into 3 minute replies, with a single example, given how diverse a range of areas they covered. The middle question I ended up finished replying with 10-12 seconds to go, so just smiled like a demented fool at the camera until the time elapsed.

    We shall see. No idea how they prune down further using this method, but hey-ho.

    Good luck all.


  • Registered Users Posts: 35 Starblue


    Yeah it was harder than I thought it would be to chatter away without any responses or interaction and I definitely left out stuff! Be good to get the feedback anyway whatever happens. I wonder how long we’ll be waiting, they shortlisted really fast


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    Does anyone know how many were shortlisted?


  • Registered Users Posts: 18 PublicBen


    LKBeenit wrote: »
    Does anyone know how many were shortlisted?

    Publicjobs won’t release stats while a campaign is ongoing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1 Natalie_B


    Does anyone have any idea how long it will be before results of the video interviews are out?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18 PublicBen


    Natalie_B wrote: »
    Does anyone have any idea how long it will be before results of the video interviews are out?

    Out today.


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    How did everyone do? I am through


  • Registered Users Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Beanzy


    Me too!


  • Registered Users Posts: 18 PublicBen


    I didn’t get through. Well done to those that did.

    I’m going to look for feedback to see where I went (not that I’m contesting the decision btw). Just learning going forward. Thought I had done enough to pass - obviously not.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,726 ✭✭✭ Jessibelle


    Me three, kind of!. I passed the interview but am just outside the batch being called forward, so if there's a second batch, I'll be in the running :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 Ballyguff


    Well done to those who got through. Do you know yet what the next round is and when/where it will take place?

    Does anyone have any thoughts/insights into how likely they are to call a second or third round?


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    Message says 'I refer to your recent video interview for the above competition. In conducting Stage 2 of the selection process, 3 boards were convened to assess candidates with the top 60 candidates progressing to the next stage of the selection process. As you are one of these candidates, you are now invited to attend Stage 3 - Final Interview.'


  • Registered Users Posts: 3 Ballyguff


    LKBeenit wrote: »
    Message says 'I refer to your recent video interview for the above competition. In conducting Stage 2 of the selection process, 3 boards were convened to assess candidates with the top 60 candidates progressing to the next stage of the selection process. As you are one of these candidates, you are now invited to attend Stage 3 - Final Interview.'

    Did it give dates for the interview?


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    Yes, in December


  • Registered Users Posts: 11 ✭✭✭ Beanzy


    Mine is January. I got the same message as LKBeenit. Have you all indicated Dublin only on your applications? I put Limerick, but the division based there (Irish Aid) would be smaller than the actual DFAT in Dublin, so not sure what the chances are of vacancies actually becoming free there.

    Anyone else apply for Limerick?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    Beanzy wrote: »
    Mine is January. I got the same message as LKBeenit. Have you all indicated Dublin only on your applications? I put Limerick, but the division based there (Irish Aid) would be smaller than the actual DFAT in Dublin, so not sure what the chances are of vacancies actually becoming free there.

    Anyone else apply for Limerick?

    I applied just for Dublin


  • Registered Users Posts: 7 ✭✭✭ adwickham


    Did those doing December interviews get the familiarisation materials yet?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 18SpookyBooks


    I hope everyone got on well 🀞ðŸ»

    Anyone any idea when we will get results?


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    I hope everyone got on well ��ðŸ»

    Anyone any idea when we will get results?

    I'm hoping it will be this week


  • Registered Users Posts: 12 18SpookyBooks


    I gave in and rang them yesterday - they are processing results now, will definitely issue this week
    LKBeenit wrote: »
    I'm hoping it will be this week


  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭ fi314


    Results out!


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    Well, how did people do? I have been placed on the panel. Does anyone have any info on how many they will be appointing? Also, will I be informed when or if I am in clearance? I'm new to this process so thanks!


  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭ fi314


    Panelled but very high so doubt it will get to me. Bittersweet! Has anyone heard how many they estimate will be needed?


  • Registered Users Posts: 23 LKBeenit


    fi314 wrote: »
    Panelled but very high so doubt it will get to me. Bittersweet! Has anyone heard how many they estimate will be needed?[/QUO

    I am in early 20s on open comp - is that too high to be called do you think?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 124 ✭✭ fi314


    Yeah I am late 20's on the open. They just promoted 15 internally so I wasn't hopeful they would need so many more. I wonder how many they panelled in total? Has anyone got feedback?


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