Here we provide a number of tips for getting a job in the National Audit Office and other public utility organisations.
If you are looking for a career in auditing, you must firstly be aware of the entry requirements for a position with the National Audit Office (NAO). The annual audit recruitment drive is focused on bringing in new trainees who are qualified to take up a position in a major government office.
- You should have – or expect to get – a minimum 2:1 honours degree in any discipline.
- A levels or Highers worth at least 24 UCAS points, or (or Distinctions in BTEC, SCOTVEC, HNC/HND
- GCSE/O'level passes in English Language and Mathematics
- You need to be a UK national
Second, keep your eye on the NAO web site for any specialties or special audit recruitment drives that may apply to you. At the time of writing, for instance, the NAO was recruiting trainees for an office expansion in Newcastle. Noting that you’d like to work in Newcastle on your application might assist you when applying for a popular position.
Part of the audit recruitment process is to answer a set of questions regarding your previous experience. Your responses to these questions will play a large part in determining if you will be invited for an interview and assessment. You’ll be asked to provide examples of experience that you’ve had to show that you have the skills and competency that the NAO is looking for. Your application will be seen more favorably if you are able to give a wide range of experiences rather than drawing all of your examples from one experience.
When you’re presenting the examples in your NAO audit recruitment application, you should use clear, understandable language rather than technical jargon. Explain your examples concisely in a way that you would to a layman. The first reviewers of the applications will reject any application that they can’t clearly understand.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll hear back from the NAO, but be patient. It may take a bit of time, but the Office says that they do eventually respond to everyone who applies. If you are not invited for an Interview or to the Assessment Centre, you are welcome to reapply during the next audit recruitment campaign.
If you are invited to attend an Interview or Assessment Centre, reasonable travel expenses and overnight expenses – if required – will be reimbursed. The interviews and assessments are held in London, so if you know that you’ll require overnight accommodation, the NAO suggests that you check with them first to be certain that your expenses will be reimbursed. They also request that you inform them in writing in advance if you need to arrange special accommodations to attend an Interview or sit any tests.
The NAO will make reasonable effort to ensure that the interviews and tests are accessible to all qualified applicants.
Written by Jonathon Hickstead for CareersinAudit.com, the leading job site for auditing vacancies.