Information on the GLS Legal Trainee Scheme application process
Guidance on our application process and hints on how to prepare
About our application process
It’s not just our work which is unique. Our recruitment process is different too.
Blind recruitment policy
If you meet all elements of the minimum criteria, the personal information you provide is not seen by anybody making a decision about your application.
At the application stage, your responses in the 3 online tests are marked electronically.
At the assessment centre stage, the GLS assessors only see your name and employment history (which will only be used in a positive way to assist with questioning in the interview). Factors such as the university you attended, the classification of your degree, your gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or social status are not shared with anyone. Consequently, they do not influence our decision-making at any stage of the recruitment process.
The information you provide against these categories in the application form is used to analyse our recruitment process and the effectiveness of our marketing strategy once the recruitment process has finished.
Competency based recruitment
We use a ‘competency based’ approach throughout our recruitment process. This means that we have analysed the competencies that our trainees need and we test for these throughout.
You can see the competencies on the How to Apply page.
The extent to which you demonstrate these competencies will determine whether you are offered a post. Before the assessment centre, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on what to expect and how to prepare for the competency- based interview.
As a legal trainee in the GLS, you’ll need to be able to analyse and interpret complex information; have the ability to make reasonable deductions and assumptions from available information and have excellent judgement.
We use three online ability tests: a situational judgement test (SJT); a verbal reasoning test (VRT) and a critical reasoning test (CRT) to test your ability in these important areas. Examples of all three tests can be found on the How to Apply page.
In the SJT and VRT you’ll need to achieve a pass mark to move to the next stage of the process. In the CRT, you will also need to achieve the pass mark but only the highest scoring candidates will be invited to the assessment centre.
Please note: Candidates applying under the terms of the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) who achieve the pass mark in the CRT will be automatically advanced to the assessment centre.
How to prepare for ability tests
To help you prepare for the VRT and CRT, you may wish to:
- Look at the examples provided on the GLS website. This will give you an idea of how the tests will work
- Look for other practice tests on the internet or speak to your careers team to see if they have examples you could practise
- If you are familiar with the structure of the tests and the style of questioning, you will be able to focus on the questions themselves
When it comes to taking the tests:
- Make sure that you have a good internet connection and that you are somewhere quiet so that you can focus on the tests without any interruptions. Once the tests have begun, the timer cannot be stopped
- Keep an eye on the time. Try not to spend too long on a particular question
- Make sure that you have fully understood what you have read and what you are being asked to do
You can’t prepare for the SJT in the same way. The questions are based on the types of scenario you may encounter as a trainee in the GLS. However, spending time reading about the work of our trainees may give you an insight into our ethos. The best approach is to draw upon your experience and instinct to indicate how you would (and wouldn’t) respond.
Remember that the SJT is untimed and you have until the close of the competition to complete it (as it forms part of the application form). Therefore, you could, for example, read each question and consider (without looking at the possible multiple-choice options at this stage) how you would react to the given situation and what would be the best and least effective approach i.e. what you would and would not do.
You could then compare your approach to the given options and choose the ones that are nearest to your own thinking. This is, of course, only a suggested approach. You should make use of all the time available and approach the test in the way which feels most comfortable for you. The real key is to focus on the question and not try to guess which of the options we are looking for. You should also leave plenty of time to double check that you are happy with your answers before you submit your application.
Published: 1 July 2016
From: Government Legal Service