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How to Apply

To apply online

Our recruitment campaigns are held every year in mid-September and run for about three weeks. Once the campaign has begun, you can apply on-line from the FORD/IARD main page or by visiting the website for the Public Service Commission's Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign.

What to Expect

If you meet the educational requirements of the FORD/IARD Program, you will have to write three tests:

  • The Public Service Entrance Exam;
  • The Situational Judgment Test; and
  • The Graduate Recruitment Test.

For more information on these tests, visit the website of the Public Service Commission.

As part of the application process, you will be required to register for a testing session with the Public Service Commission. Testing sessions are held across Canada and abroad in the fall. If you have already passed these tests and the results are still valid, please indicate this in your application. The FORD/IARD Program team receives candidates' files and test results from the Public Service Commission in late December or early January. If you meet the educational requirements and have strong scores on the three tests, you may be called for an interview between January and April.

If you are successful at the interview, your name will be placed in our national inventory for up to 12 months, and your file will be referred to hiring departments and agencies as suitable job openings arise. If a hiring department is considering you, they will invite you to attend an in-person interview or they may conduct a telephone interview with you.

Second-language testing

If you meet the educational requirements, score high enough on the three tests listed above and have agreed to be tested in either English or French as a second language, the Public Service Commission will invite you later for a second-language evaluation. If you have already undergone a second-language evaluation and the results are still valid, be sure to indicate this in your application.

Important Considerations

Fill out the application accurately and completely. We receive many applications during our recruitment campaign, so we cannot follow up with candidates who submit incomplete applications. If you omit any of the required information, your application will be rejected.

When you fill out the application, please be sure to:

  • Fill in all the required fields.
  • Correctly and clearly indicate your level of education and your graduation date.
  • List all your relevant university courses by course name and course code. A list of course codes only is not acceptable. If your application does not clearly show that you have the required number of accounting or audit courses, it will be rejected. For example, it is not sufficient to simply indicate that you have a major in accounting. You must list the course names and codes. It is better to list all your courses than to risk not including enough.
  • In the resume portion of the application, describe your progress, if any, toward a professional accounting designation or internal audit certification. Indicate what level of the program you are at, any courses you have taken, and when you expect to obtain the designation or certification.

Interview Preparation

Interviews are based on the requirements set out in the statement of merit criteria, which is part of the job posting. If you are invited to an interview, read the interview invitation carefully because it will list all the items from the statement of merit criteria on which you will be assessed. You can prepare for the interview using these criteria as a guide.

The interview is usually a combination of situational and behavioural questions. With situational questions, you will be given a scenario and asked how you would handle it. With behavioural questions, you will be asked to describe a time when you effectively demonstrated the quality being assessed. Come to the interview prepared to talk about yourself and your abilities. Remember to give detailed answers to the interview questions so that you fully demonstrate your knowledge and abilities.

If you are successful in qualifying for the FORD/IARD Program, you may be invited for an interview with a hiring department. You can ask whether the interview is for a finance or an internal audit position. You can also ask what to expect at the interview. Lastly, it is a good idea to visit the department's website and read some background information on the department, including its mandate and programs. You can find a list of government departments online.