The SELEX simulation exercise is used by the federal government to evaluate experienced public service employees individually for promotion to the EX-01 level. It is an arduous, complex process based on advance analysis and understanding by the candidate of a sizeable fictitious organization, followed by what amounts to a day-long role-play entailing a series of simulated meetings that involve the candidate and assessors.
In practice—or in their “real” job—government people actually do most things that SELEX tests. However, unfamiliarity with the hypothetical organization, the artificiality and pressure of the exercise, and uncertainty about what is being scrutinized and scored can unsettle candidates and impede their success.
To address individual needs and improve performance significantly, our coaching provides: the dynamics and evaluation methods underlying SELEX, a proven way to breakdown voluminous corporate detail and deal with the multi-faceted simulations, tools to facilitate handling the managerial and interpersonal aspects of the exercise, and critical issues to watch for as well as pitfalls to avoid.
Our personal SELEX coaching consists of a 6-hour face-to-face or telephone consultation carried out over two sessions, and preceded by our review of your background and a discussion of your major concerns. A Study Kit tailored to help you excel accompanies the coaching.
The coaching and materials are designed and delivered by Barry Yeates, our Director. His experience working at the highest levels in Canada and abroad in government, politics, the private sector and universities, combined with his expertise in policy management and behaviourally-based evaluation, makes our service the only proven source to prepare for SELEX—the most challenging simulation used by the government.
Overall, you will receive:
An assessment of your career, past training and education to determine potential strengths and weaknesses directly related to SELEX
An informed overview of SELEX’s real intent, the process used, test-day scenarios and sample issues, the assessors you interact with throughout the day, and competency-based and thematic requirements you need to understand to perform effectively
Simple synopses of SELEX corporate structures and supplementary information to show what is—and is not—important for you
Helpful insights on the culture and values underlying the ideal world informing SELEX
Tips that identify your fundamental job responsibilities and those of others you engage with in the simulations
Practical, easy-to-apply instructional tools and methods that help you plan for, and function convincingly in, SELEX tasks and situations
Summary reminders to focus your analytical and delivery skills throughout the SELEX experience, starting from when you receive background material until your test-day is over
Clients for our SELEX coaching come from many different positions, departments and agencies in the federal government. They include longstanding, experienced managers and senior staff who are taking SELEX for the first time or doing a re-test. All information about clients is kept confidential.
Our Reputation and Supporters
Our success rate in helping individuals with the SELEX exercise since 2005 is over 70%, much higher than the general pass rate of approximately 20%. Referrals of candidates come to us from serving and retired government executives up to and including Deputy Minister-level, and from former successful SELEX clients.
Why Use Our Services?
We are the only career coaching firm that specializes in helping candidates understand and advance in government, multilateral organization and international NGO hiring and promotion competitions—from entry level to executive level.
No service offered by government, universities or the private sector—past or present, in North America or abroad—matches our expertise or placement record over the past 25 years. The success rate of our clients in institutional hiring and promotion processes attests to the high quality training we provide. Please take the time to read the testimonials sent to us by clients and supporters displayed under Client & Supporter Comments [click here].