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Candidates for the position of police officer are advised not to treat the recruitment process as an interview (that is only a part of the procedure), but instead as an examination.
Like any exam, one can prepare for it. The consequences of failing it should also be considered. Anyone who fails this process will not be allowed to try again for six months. This means that you cannot apply nationally to any other force for that period, as they are all using the same process.
The police recruitment process consists of the following main elements:
Role-playing (four five-minute scenarios, with five minutes preparation time allowed before each one)
Verbal and numerical reasoning tests
For the duration of the assessment day, you are given the role of a Customer Service Officer at a fictional leisure complex. It is against this background that you perform the tests, and you are assessed on that basis. Throughout you will be assessed on your professional and ethical standards, your communication and decision making skills, all of which are essential for a police officer.
Top 10 Tips for Your Assessment Day!
Remember you are being assessed at all times, even in "down time" so be mindful of what you say and how you react.
Take time to read everything through carefully, so that you don't misinterpret anything.
- In your interview, the 10 or 20 seconds you use to think up a scenario to answer the question with seems like forever, but don't rush it. Think carefully about what example you are going to use.
- In everything you do remain diverse. Don't take sides with anyone and look at the situation from the perspective of everyone involved.
- If you have time in the PIRT and written exercises, take the chance to read through your answers, check and double check.
- On the maths and verbal reasoning - if you can't answer a question still give an answer. It's multiple choice so a 1 in 4 chance of getting it right is better than nothing.
- Again on the multiple choice papers, if you miss a question out to come back to then make a note of it. I've heard horror stories of people missing a question (e.g. 7) and then filling in the answers for the subsequent questions in the wrong boxes (e.g. question 8 in 7, 9 in 8 etc) and not realising until it is too late.
- Make sure you read through the information pack that you are sent, but don't panic about not remembering everything. You just need an understanding of it.
- If you are unsure of what you are being asked to do, then ask. Chances are other people have the same questions.
- Try not to panic or think negatively. It is going to be 5 hours of hell, I'm not going to lie to you, but if you keep a level head and give it your best shot you will be fine.
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