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Government of Canada face-to-face interview tips

Congratulations! You have past the initial screening process and are now invited to a face-to-face interview. Unfortunately, this is the phase where many unprepared candidates fail due to a lack of preparation, a knowledge of the process or the "unspoken" rules. This article will help provide a brief summary on how to prepare adequately. Here [...]

Alternative Work Arrangements in the Government of Canada

Flex- Time Flex-Time allows employees of the Government of Canada to work during pre-arranged hours (usually between 7:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m.) provided that they complete 7.5 hours each day. In this arrangement, employees usually have a "core" time that they need to be in the office and fixed periods for lunch. In this arrangement employees [...]

Graduate Recruitment Test (GRT) – Free sample questions

The Graduate Recruitment Test is one of three Post Secondary Recruitment tests used to screen applicants. The Graduate Recruitment Test consists of four types of questions: Similarities - These questions provide you with 5 pairs of words and require you to choose the pair that illustrates the closest relationship. Here is a sample of this [...]

2013 Rates of Pay for Economists (EC) for Post Secondary Recruitment Candidates

As a  student selected from the Post Secondary Recruitment campaign, you will most likely be offered a position at the EC02 or EC04 position. What was negotiated? As of July 12th,2012, the rates of pay on Treasury's board website are reflected in the table below as "Present salary". Under that, was the new negotiated rates [...]

Selecting a post secondary degree to become a policy analyst at the government of canada

I receive many emails from students or professionals inquiring as to which post secondary degree(s) are the best to pursue to increase their chances of securing a position as a Policy Analyst in the Government of Canada. Which post secondary degree should I choose? If your goal is to be a "Generalist" (not specializing in [...]

Networking in the government of canada

The Government of Canada is a large bureaucracy where things move slowly. There are numerous rules and regulations governing its everyday functioning. Unfortunately, this also includes the hiring of personnel. Will a government official actually meet with me? Despite what people may think, government officials love to talk about their jobs. So much, that it's not [...]

The pros and cons of a rotational position in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD)

For many job applicants, a position with DFATD is a dream. Being stationed in prestigious cities such as London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, New York, and the Bahamas is what typically come to mind. Others dream about rubbing shoulders with powerful decision makers and attending several networking and cocktail events on a regular basis. There are [...]

Trudeau’s riding would benefit the most under the proposed Liberal Canada Child Benefit program

A recent study by the Canadian Press has shown that Trudeau’s Montreal-area riding of Papineau could receive the most under the proposed Liberal Canada Child Benefit program. At $ 57,665, the Papineau riding has the lowest median income for two-parent families in Canada. The generous $22 billion plan will eliminate the child tax credit and would [...]

Job pool frequently asked questions

Over the past years, I have received many inquiries from candidates in a job pool. I would like to address some of the questions that I have received in the past. What is a job pool? A job pool is a list of qualified candidates who have successfully completed various levels of screening. The hiring [...]

Behavioural interview questions examples

Several individuals have asked me if I can provide sample behavioural interview questions. Below I have  briefly defined what are behavioural interview questions. As well as drafted ten  behavioural interview  questions that could be used for students or members of the general public in the Government of Canada. Remember that in behavioural interviews that the panel is [...]