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How Tests & Interviews Work
 

Our entry-level training helps individuals seeking diplomatic or internationally focused careers with the federal government. Described below are how the competition works, the services we offer to assist you, and our client success rate.

The Foreign Service Competition

The Tests

Several thousand applicants will enter the Post-Secondary Recruitment campaign to be hired by Global Affairs Canada (GAC), formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), or the Department of Citizenship and Immigration (CIC). Rotational and non-rotational positions include political/economic officers, commercial/economic officers, program administration-international officers, management/consular officers, immigration officers, commercial officers and policy officers.

For 2016, the initial online PSEE tests for these positions will be carried out in late October.

  • Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE) Sub-test 1 (Reasoning) – a multiple-choice problem-solving and reasoning-ability test with four types of questions
  • Public Service Entrance Exam (PSEE) Sub-test 2 (Judgement) – a multiple-choice situational test with options in graduated scales of effectiveness or ineffectiveness

Candidates must pass the online PSEE tests before advancing in the competition.

The subsequent supervised in-person PSEE tests written a few weeks later are:

  • Another PSEE Reasoning test, the same as the online Sub-test 1, but with more questions
  • Another PSEE Judgement test, also the same as the online Sub-test 2, but with more questions.

The Interview

Candidates who emerge successfully from the in-person tests and possible computer-screening for selected attributes are invited for the day-long personal interview process.

In the personal interview you are questioned about:

  • Hypothetical situations and how you would solve them
  • Past experiences in relation to job-based behavioural criteria
  • A role-play exercise with the candidate interacting with an assessor may be used
  • Possibly your reasons for wanting to join government and personal suitability for the job

The group simulation exercise involves several candidates in a session that assesses analytical and communications skills, ability to work under pressure, teamwork and common sense.

A short writing exercise is included for the GAC interview process in 2016.

The assessment board evaluates overall potential based on intellectual, verbal and interpersonal skills known as “competencies”. International affairs questions are not part of the interview.

Our Services

The key to your success is knowing what to expect on tests and how to approach the behavioural interview process effectively.

The PSEE study materials for the online and in-person tests [click here] provide current, comprehensive information to help you focus your preparation, save time, and perform well.

For candidates who succeed on the tests, one-on-one Interview Coaching [click here] is accessible across Canada and abroad.

Our Clientele

Our clients range from undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in all disciplines to individuals already in the work force, including many professionals and government employees interested in switching careers.

Why Use Our Services?

  • Outstanding Success Rate
    The success rate of our clients in obtaining Foreign Service and related international positions is more than triple that of those who do not use our help. In real numbers, over 800 former clients work in GAC and CIC.

  • Established Reputation
    No service offered by government, universities or the private sector—past or present, in North America or abroad—matches our expertise or placement record over the past 25 years. Please take the time to read the testimonials sent to us by clients and supporters displayed under Client and Supporter Comments [click here].

For additional information on what we do and why we know how to help you, see our Standard Programs and Services [click here], About Us [click here] and the Profile of our Director [click here].

Get the Edge on the Competition

Save time and significantly improve your chances to be selected for the diplomatic service or related international career. Contact Us today [click here]. The advice and help we can provide to you will be invaluable.