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    • G212121
    • By G212121 11th Apr 16, 6:27 PM
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    DWP reserve list ??? Confused
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    • 11th Apr 16, 6:27 PM
    DWP reserve list ??? Confused 11th Apr 16 at 6:27 PM
    Hi I applied for a job with Dwp and following interview received this email

    - You’ve reached the required standard but we’re unable to offer you a job immediately.
    We`ve placed you on a reserve list from which future appointments may be made. -

    Slightly confused I'm on a reserve list for 12 months and think maybe I should just take this as a reject or not, my question is, has anyone got experience of being on a reserve list and if so how long was they on the list for? Is there any way I can find out my position on this list?

    Many thanks x
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    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 11th Apr 16, 7:56 PM
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    • 11th Apr 16, 7:56 PM
    It's not a rejection as such. As the letter says, they have basically had too many people who reached the required standard. To avoid DWP having to start the whole recruitment process again in a few months time they keep additional prospects on the 'reserve list'. I have known people be offered jobs from the reserve list but it's impossible to say how long it might be before an offer came along.
    I certainly wouldn't stop looking for employment on the basis of being on the reserve list.
    • G212121
    • By G212121 12th Apr 16, 2:12 PM
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    • 12th Apr 16, 2:12 PM
    It's not a rejection as such. As the letter says, they have basically had too many people who reached the required standard. To avoid DWP having to start the whole recruitment process again in a few months time they keep additional prospects on the 'reserve list'. I have known people be offered jobs from the reserve list but it's impossible to say how long it might be before an offer came along.
    I certainly wouldn't stop looking for employment on the basis of being on the reserve list.
    Originally posted by TELLIT01
    Thank you for replying. Just have to sit back and wait now I guess hopefully will be posted
    • G212121
    • By G212121 12th Apr 16, 2:20 PM
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    • 12th Apr 16, 2:20 PM
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    • 12th Apr 16, 2:20 PM
    Well done! I have an interview with them coming up and im so nervous!
    What did they ask you? Was it difficult?

    Congrats on passing the interview stage and I hope you get placed somewhere soon
    Originally posted by CG2016
    Thank you and good luck with your interview, don't be nervous I know it's harder said than done lol I was very nervous but the interviewers made me feel very at ease. The interview was a lot easier the past interviews I've had, just make sure you prepare your answers as they expect you to use the STAR approach.

    The questions they asked me were based around for compentencies, How you worked at pace
    When you produced quality work as a team
    When you had to make a difficult decsion
    What you did to reach a deadline

    I applied for an AO role what role have you Gone for ?
    • sammyjammy
    • By sammyjammy 12th Apr 16, 4:48 PM
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    • 12th Apr 16, 4:48 PM
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    • 12th Apr 16, 4:48 PM
    I'm so glad to hear they were nice, that makes a huge difference. Iv been working on answers using the STAR approach and it sounds so weird when I say them out loud.

    I applied for an EO position in London, I'm thinking our competencies are slightly different but I'm still going to work on answers to the questions you got asked just in case!

    Keep us updated if you hear back from them and I'll let you know how I get on!
    Originally posted by CG2016
    Don't waste your effort, concentrate on the competencies you were asked about in your application, that is all they will ask you about.
    "You've been reading SOS when it's just your clock reading 5:05 "
    • scottishsavingsgirl
    • By scottishsavingsgirl 26th Apr 16, 12:44 AM
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    • 26th Apr 16, 12:44 AM
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    • 26th Apr 16, 12:44 AM
    Hi I applied for a job with Dwp and following interview received this email

    - You’ve reached the required standard but we’re unable to offer you a job immediately.
    We`ve placed you on a reserve list from which future appointments may be made. -

    Slightly confused I'm on a reserve list for 12 months and think maybe I should just take this as a reject or not, my question is, has anyone got experience of being on a reserve list and if so how long was they on the list for? Is there any way I can find out my position on this list?

    Many thanks x
    Originally posted by G212121

    Firstly, well done for passing your interview. Being put on the reserve list is disappointing, but at least you didn't receive a rejection.


    Did you have to give them a list of location preferences? If you did and there are no positions available at any of your choices, you will automatically be put on the reserve list.


    Due to everyone being listed in order of merit, it could be that all the positions have been given to applicants who may have received a higher score. You should check the "feedback" section for your application on Civil Service Jobs. This way, you can see how you scored for each competency (there will usually be comments as well) and it might give you an indication of whether being put on the reserve list is due to a location issue (no available jobs) or your score.
    • kelleyb77
    • By kelleyb77 17th Mar 17, 8:01 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 8:01 PM
    Reserve list - DWP
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    • 17th Mar 17, 8:01 PM
    Hi all,

    I recently applied for a Work Coach position with DWP.
    Received interview invitation and had interview on 24th Feb 2017.
    Heard back today I am on the reserve list.
    My competency feedback scores from interview are as follows : 6,7,7,7.
    The reserve list is for 6 months.

    Chances that somebody scored higher than me or that there are no positions right now ?

    I know with the Universal Credit reforms coming in, they will be having a reshuffle towards the end of the year.

    Thanks in advance.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 17th Mar 17, 8:31 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 8:31 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 8:31 PM
    Hi all,

    I recently applied for a Work Coach position with DWP.
    Received interview invitation and had interview on 24th Feb 2017.
    Heard back today I am on the reserve list.
    My competency feedback scores from interview are as follows : 6,7,7,7.
    The reserve list is for 6 months.

    Chances that somebody scored higher than me or that there are no positions right now ?

    I know with the Universal Credit reforms coming in, they will be having a reshuffle towards the end of the year.

    Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by kelleyb77
    As for your question, Im afraid we have no idea if anyone scored higher than yourself, its possible though. Same with available positions, just keep an eye out for any positions and apply.
    Je Suis Charlie
    • JIL
    • By JIL 18th Mar 17, 11:04 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 11:04 PM
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    • 18th Mar 17, 11:04 PM
    Hi all,

    I recently applied for a Work Coach position with DWP.
    Received interview invitation and had interview on 24th Feb 2017.
    Heard back today I am on the reserve list.
    My competency feedback scores from interview are as follows : 6,7,7,7.
    The reserve list is for 6 months.

    Chances that somebody scored higher than me or that there are no positions right now ?

    I know with the Universal Credit reforms coming in, they will be having a reshuffle towards the end of the year.

    Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by kelleyb77
    They are excellent scores, being as it's scored out of 7.
    • goldsounds
    • By goldsounds 19th Mar 17, 7:44 PM
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    Hi all,

    I recently applied for a Work Coach position with DWP.
    Received interview invitation and had interview on 24th Feb 2017.
    Heard back today I am on the reserve list.
    My competency feedback scores from interview are as follows : 6,7,7,7.
    The reserve list is for 6 months.

    Chances that somebody scored higher than me or that there are no positions right now ?

    I know with the Universal Credit reforms coming in, they will be having a reshuffle towards the end of the year.

    Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by kelleyb77
    You scored higher than me. I scored 21 in total and was on reserve list for 6 weeks before being offered WC post.
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 19th Mar 17, 7:58 PM
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    It's impossible to say how long you may be on the reserve list. It depends on demand in your area, and that can vary greatly. For example, staff where I worked have recently been informed that the office will close in the next couple of years. As a result many of the younger staff are looking to leave a.s.a.p. That may create short term vacancies, but it's more likely that management will simply work existing staff to a standstill!
    • jbond
    • By jbond 21st Mar 17, 2:29 PM
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    Given what's been going on over the past few years at the DWP, I'm surprised anybody wants to work there!
    I would suggest that you've got to be utterly desperate to want to work there!
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 21st Mar 17, 3:13 PM
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    Given what's been going on over the past few years at the DWP, I'm surprised anybody wants to work there!
    I would suggest that you've got to be utterly desperate to want to work there!
    Originally posted by jbond
    That may well be the case, but for many people any job is better than no job and rightly so. I wouldn't ever return to working in DWP (thankfully I'm now retired anyway), but for those who haven't been working it will show as a positive on their CV.
    What I can't understand is why anybody would want to move from their current employment to work at DWP. The days of jobs in the Civil Service being easy, well paid jobs for life, with gold plated pensions and great additional benefits is long gone - if they ever existed.
    • jbond
    • By jbond 21st Mar 17, 3:30 PM
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    That may well be the case, but for many people any job is better than no job and rightly so. I wouldn't ever return to working in DWP (thankfully I'm now retired anyway), but for those who haven't been working it will show as a positive on their CV.
    What I can't understand is why anybody would want to move from their current employment to work at DWP. The days of jobs in the Civil Service being easy, well paid jobs for life, with gold plated pensions and great additional benefits is long gone - if they ever existed.
    Originally posted by TELLIT01
    Yes, I totally accept what you're saying. Depending on the position applied for, if it's front line, like advisor or Work Coach, you may soon find out that the stress will make you wish you hadn't applied!
    Unless of course, you're one of those sadistic-by-nature people (without a conscience), in which case, you'll do swimmingly!
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 21st Mar 17, 5:16 PM
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    Yes, I totally accept what you're saying. Depending on the position applied for, if it's front line, like advisor or Work Coach, you may soon find out that the stress will make you wish you hadn't applied!
    Originally posted by jbond
    Unfortunately I can confirm that working in processing offices is just as stressful and demoralising as front line working. In both areas there is basically a choice of hitting targets by doing the job badly, or risking being put on a performance improvement programme if you try to do the job properly (which can't be done in the time allotted)
    • Whizzbie
    • By Whizzbie 30th Mar 17, 5:24 PM
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    Hi,
    Have you heard anything further from DWP? Have you found out any more details about how the reserve list works? I'm in the same situation as you but for a different role, still DWP. I wonder if there are 2 reserve lists...1 for internal staff and 1 for external. I'm not very hopeful that the position I am in will even come up again in the next year!
    I wonder what % of people on the reserve list actually get offered a job! ��
    I want to remain hopeful but not let it take over my life! ��
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