Stage 1

Online Application and Security Questionnaire

You will need to complete an online application form, and submit a CV along with a cover letter. A security questionnaire will also need to be submitted along with your application. Due to the nature of GCHQ, you should expect to be asked to disclose highly sensitive information.

Stage 2

Sift Tests

If your initial application was successful, you will need to complete a sift test. This is a short self-assessment questionnaire designed to assess your suitability for the role. Depending on the role that you have applied for, you may also be asked to complete the preference sift test – a longer personality test that will focus more on your working style and preferences for the GCHQ.

For some roles, no additional testing is required.

Stage 3

Numerical Reasoning Test

You will be asked to complete a standard numerical reasoning test.

Stage 4

Verbal Reasoning Test

You will be asked to complete a standard verbal reasoning test.

Stage 5

Interviews

If you successfully pass the online tests the next stage is an interview. Many roles will require you to attend two interviews. The first interview is a competency-based interview that will include CV-related questions. The second interview is a technical interview based on the technical skills you need for the role you have applied for.

Stage 6

Personality Test

Finally, you will be asked to complete a personality test. This will be used to see whether you have the traits required to be successful at GCHQ.

You should receive a response, regarding the outcome of your application, shortly after this stage.

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