Applying for Government of Canada jobs: Testing and accommodation measures

We want to make sure that you have the support you need to fully demonstrate your abilities.

After you’ve applied, if you’re screened in, you may be asked to write a test or series of tests. You may also be invited to an interview.

Let the person who invites you to the test or interview know, as soon as possible, if you think that assessment accommodation measures could make tests or interviews more accessible to you. This information will be kept confidential.

Accommodation measures during testing will be tailored to your own situation, and could include working with sign language interpreters or reader services, using alternative formats, technical support or attendant services.

Learn more about accommodation measures, how to request them and how they work.

More information about public service testing:

Tips and tricks

Before the test or interview

  • Prepare by focusing on the qualifications being assessed (your test/interview invitation will list them)
  • Use the STAR method to think about examples drawn from your experience that could demonstrate these qualifications

During the written test

  • Take the time to read the questions carefully to make sure you understand them
  • Manage your time
  • Leave time to review and edit your answers
  • Save your work often: if you lose your work, you won’t be given more time

During the interview

    • You may be asked about yourself at the beginning: this is usually just an icebreaker and not part of the formal interview process
    • Check your flow and speed as you talk (don’t talk too fast) and structure your ideas
    • Provide answers that focus on tasks that you performed
    • Instead of referring to “we” (you and your team), talk about yourself and your specific role in a situation or project

Other resources

Tips and tricks

Top 3 interview tips

Prepare in advance

  • Practise a short introduction
  • Using the evaluation criteria from your interview invitation, prepare examples that demonstrate times when you met each of the criteria
  • Read the interview section on this webpage

Demonstrate your knowledge of the job and department

  • Read the department’s website to learn about their mission and priorities
  • In the interview, talk about some of these priorities and how your skills can help achieve them

Crush those competencies!

  • Interview questions will assess if you meet competencies listed in the job advertisement
  • All public servants must demonstrate key competencies that will help them in their work
  • Competencies can be behavioural, like adaptability or showing initiative, or technical, like data analysis or project management
  • Watch this video to learn about competencies
  • Read these tips on how to demonstrate behavioural or technical competencies in your interview

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