Police Officer Interview Questions and Answers (Competency Based) NEW 2018 Onwards

Police Officer Interview Questions and Answers (Competency Based) NEW 2018 Onwards

Hi, everybody. My name is Richard McMunn, from the career
guidance company, How2Become.com, and in this video, I’m going to give you the very latest
tips and advice on how to prepare effectively for the all-new police officer competency-based
interview. Now, things are changing within the selection
process to become a police officer, so for those people who are going to a competency-based
interview, 2018 onwards, this will apply. So, make sure you got a pen and some paper,
and take notes of the hints and tips that I’m going to give you. And then, at some point during this video,
I’m going to tell you where you can get further information to help you be fully prepared
for the new police officer interview. So, the interview, same as before, will last
for approximately 20 minutes in duration. You’re going to get asked four initial questions
and you’ve got five minutes to answer each one. Now, five minutes doesn’t seem like a long
time, but it is, so you should make sure before you go to the interview you have your responses
prepared, okay? Now, the interview questions are sample ones
that I’m going to give you now. I’m not saying these are going to be the exact
ones; that would be wrong of me to do that. But based on my own experiences of working
in the emergency services recruitment and also being involved in developing core competencies
for these kind of roles, these are the kind of questions I recommend you prepare for in
addition to the ones that you’ll prepare for following your own research and the information
that I’m going to give you at the end of the interview. So, when you go in to the interview. Make sure you dress smart. You may be invited to give a handshake. If you do, make sure it’s a firm handshake
and look the interviewer in the eye, obviously not aggressively, but politely. When you shake their hand, give a good, solid
first impression. So, when you enter the exam room, make sure
you dress smart, you sit up straight in the interview chair. These questions that you’re going to get asked
are based on your past experiences, and that’s a key, important note to mention at the early
stage of this video. Write this down: you have to come up with
sample responses based on your past experiences, okay? So you can’t make them up. They actually have to be specific examples
that you’ve been in. So if I was to say to you – and this isn’t
the question, by the way – but if I said, “Give us an example of when you’ve worked
as part of a team,” okay, you’d have to give a specific situation that you’ve been in the
past where you’ve worked with other people as part of a team to come up with a successful
solution, a successful outcome, and that’s the important part. I’ll also tell you during this video how to
structure your responses. So, it has to be a specific one. What you don’t want to do, and many people
do this when responding, is they say, “Well, if I was in a situation when I was working
as part of a team, this is what I would do…” That’s no good, okay? You will get very few marks for that kind
of response. Make sure it’s specific, something that you’ve
been in before. Now, following the questions, the interviewer
will ask you the question, you will respond, and then be prepared that you may get asked
probing questions, okay? Now, probing questions are, for example, “How
did you demonstrate fairness in that particular situation?” Because you’re going to be assessed against
all of the competencies and values for becoming a police officer, and you can find out what
they are in a separate video that I’ve created for you. So, “How did you demonstrate fairness in that
particular situation?” So the assessor, the interviewer, might be
looking to probe further to get that information out from you. Also, a probing question might be, “What did
you learn from this experience?” So if you tell them about a situation where
you helped someone to overcome a difficult situation, they might say, “What did you learn
from that experience?” Okay? So be prepared for probing questions. “Would you do anything differently if the
same situation arose again?” That’s an example of a probing question. That’s a difficult one, because you might
think, “Well, no. I wouldn’t do anything different because I
think I handled it well.” If you were going to say that, then you should
say to the interviewer, “I assessed my performance following the situation and I looked into
it, and I felt that I’d handled it well. However, I am always looking to improve, and
if something did occur where I thought, ‘Well, I could do that better,’ then I would be open
to that.” Because then you’re open to change, you’re
open to developing yourself as an individual, and that’s important in the role of a police
officer. “How did the other person react to what you
said or what you did? How did they react and how did you feel about
that?” So be prepared for, potentially, lots of probing
questions. And again, when I tell you where you can get
additional information, we will help you prepare fully for those. So, let’s have a look at some sample police
officer competency-based interview questions based on your previous experiences. Like I said, these are not the interview questions
that you’re going to get asked. These are the ones that I’ve come up with
for you based on my experiences of this kind of interview, okay? And don’t forget to do further resource…sorry,
further research with the resources that I’m going to give you, and come up with your own
sample responses as well, and sample interview questions. So, first question. “Describe a situation where you have helped
or supported either an individual or a group of people.” Okay, so, I’ll say that again. “Describe a situation where you have helped
or supported either an individual or a group of people.” And again, think about probing questions. How did the other people get involved? Did you work as part of a team? What was the reaction of the individual or
the group following the manner in which you supported them? Second question, “Describe a situation where
you have demonstrated empathy towards an individual.” Okay, so remember that the police core competencies
are based on values. So, “Have you ever demonstrated empathy?” And don’t just come up with a fictitious scenario. You have to actually have been in that situation. “Describe a situation where you’ve demonstrated
forward thinking.” Okay. When you’ve been creative or forward thinking,
and that might be, I would suggest, in a work-related situation where you’ve come up with an innovative
solution to a problem or you’ve been creative. Okay. So, you’ve taken the lead, you’ve thought
about, how can we resolve this difficult situation, and you’ve been forward thinking in your approach. That’s really important in the role of a police
officer. Next question. “Describe a situation when you’ve come up
with a creative solution to a problem.” Very similar to the previous one. The next one, “Describe a situation when you’ve
helped somebody to overcome a difficult situation or a challenging problem.” Okay. So, do you know anyone in a work situation
or outside of work where you’ve helped them overcome a difficult situation or a challenging
problem? What did you do? What did you say? And also, what was the outcome? And whilst on that, and I mentioned this at
the beginning, there’s a certain technique that I recommend you use while preparing for
your responses to the interview questions, and that’s the STAR technique. So, write this down. First of all, explain what the situation was
that you were involved in, then explain what had to be done. That’s called the task, okay? So situation and then the task. What did you have to do or what did others
have to do in order to achieve a successful outcome? The third part of the STAR technique is action. What action specifically did you take and
what action did other people take? And then finally, R for result. What was the result? My advice is to make sure that the result,
the outcome, is a positive one. It’s a successful one. So, based on the initial situation. So if the question was, “Describe a situation
where you’ve helped or supported either an individual or a group,” you’ll explain the
situation, the task, what did you have to do to get to that successful outcome, what
action did you take and then what was the result. The probing question might be, “Would you
do anything differently next time? How did the group or the individual react? Did you have a debrief at the end? Would you do anything differently?” So, that’s a very brief introduction to the
new police officer interview competency-based kind of sample questions. If you want to learn more and accelerate your
learning forever and be fully prepared, click the link directly below the video and it will
take you through to a page where you can get an excellent resource, and this resource has
been helping people lots recently to successfully pass the selection process. We’re confident that it will help you prepare
fully for the police officer interview. Finally, please, I’d very much appreciate
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have any questions at all about either a police officer interview or the entire selection
process, please put the comments that you have, or the questions, below the video in
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to becoming a police officer.

49 thoughts on “Police Officer Interview Questions and Answers (Competency Based) NEW 2018 Onwards

  • Hi Richard , Great Video , I have passed search assessment centre and now have a date for my final interview. my question is
    The core competencies that I did during my search competency based interview, service delivery , openness to change etc are these linked into the competency and values framework for policing ? as this is what I have been told to have a look at to prepare for questions on during my interview. Will my researched answers that i did for the search assessment cover the answers i will require for the interview?
    many thanks

  • +CareerVidz Hi there, I just need to Inquire about something, Can you take your notes into the Special Constables Interview with you? A response would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time and dedication.

  • Hello,
    I'm planning on joining the transport police, would you have advise for this? I am always reading and learning their website and they state they have a aim of ensuring they protect and serve the railway community.

  • Hey… Great videos and very useful! I am a little confused about the 'values' questions. Will we be expected to give examples of past experiences for these questions? Rather like the old competencies questions? Thanks

  • Subscribed and bought 2 copies of your book (1 for personal doodling and notes and the other to show friends and family)! Hello Richard could I give two examples for a certain role play question and if so would it reflect well on me or make me look desperate to the assessors? I tick many of these boxes and have many accounts yet usually end up picking rubbish ones when on the spot.

  • Hi mate, I’m only 18, however I have the relevant qualifications to apply and it has always been a huge passion of mine. Two questions really, just to be 100%, I don’t need a degree before applying do I? Just as an email I received confused me a tad.
    Secondly, even though I am only young I feel as though I have the necessary experience and skill set to join the force. At my age, is this realistic? Thanks a lot for your help mate.

  • My answer will be as a son of migrants im here to take over jobs perhaps your job and as a minority you will need us more than you think as there is challenging issues within my community that you cant handle.

  • Would this help out in an interview

    As a kid my sister got corners by a group of people around the age of 15-16 looking at the current nite crime I would say their may of been knifes I grabbed my sister and started running before that they had hit her and bulled her hair I ran with her to get her around a corner and be hind a bush and told her to run and I stood the other side of the bush and waited for the guop of people to catch up trying to heart my sister just to mention I was like 11-12 at the time and they all stood around me and said tell me where she has gone and I wanted Lucy( my sister) to get as far away from me as possible so I waited then the main girl who wanted to attac my sister said to me if u don’t tell me where she is gone I’m guna punch u and I stood my ground I would do anything to protect people when she got to 1 I ran there was a Sainsbury’s about 50 ft away and I got in there and once I got in there u stood there and just broke down then the police were called

  • Hi I just wanted to know if you cover Police Scotland recruitment process, If you have an online course or Skype interview sessions?

  • Hi, my current predicament is with the behavioural questionnaire and the 'strongly agree' to 'strongly disagree' answers. I feel that with a face-to-face version of these questions I would be fine, as I would be able to tell them my reasoning behind my answers. However I struggle with putting just a tick box answer, simply because I often think that my answers may change depending on different situations. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Does this sort of interview happen for special constables? Also do they go through assessment centres? Thanks. Great video btw 🙂

  • Hi, thank you for this video,
    I recently graduated in Criminal Investigation with the aspiration of becoming a detective, i have an interview this month with the Met but have never been in a working environment. I'm fear that they will be incredibly unimpressed with my answers of initiative/teamwork or empathy as they will all be personal experiences, i.e. social/ at school/university or personal. What tips do you have that could help make my answers more professional and less mundane?
    Many thanks!

  • Say you got a big comp interview, and you're a little nervous. Well throw back a couple shots of Hennessy and you'll be as loose as a goose and ready to roll in no time.

  • Hi there, I just want to formally thank you for all the helpful videos, words of encouragement and useful information presented in your publications over the years. Both your books on "How to Become a Police Officer 2018/2019" got me through the recruitment process to join the Greater Manchester Police, starting in June this year. I am eternally grateful. I'm ready to stop bad people from doing bad things, and it's all down to your expert advice. Thank you so much.

  • Hi Richard.

    I have a assessment date for Met police soon and I have a very important question related to the interview questions

    I understand that they cannot tell us what questions will appear however for me to actually start thinking of answers I don’t want to drift off and think of wrong answers.

    Is there any advice on this? Should I think of answers for just the 4 values or just the 6 competencies or 10 including both?

    I will really appreciate if anyone or Richard can give me advice on this.


  • Hey I’m about to go into police interview this week so what is the best answer why I wanna be a police officer

  • Before considering becoming a cop in NYC please watch this! They can and will rob you of your pension! They will find ways to do it like the did to me! PLEASE WATCH!

  • This is part of the problem! you are Teaching Cops how to trick the Interview process! This is partly how Unprincipled.. blood thirsty.. Power tripping cops Make the grade!

  • Hi, I have been watching your videos in preparation for a specific role within the police and I was wondering how I can get in touch with you for tips or recommendations of resources I can get hold of. I have my interview next week

  • Hello
    Mr Mcmunn or somebody who could help ……just a general questions about become coming a police officer I have my interview and assessment in September 2019 for the role as a special constable with Greater Manchester Police, I am doing a special constable too get lot of experience in becoming a regular officer in time to come so I could take over when I do become a regular so at this moment I been doing a lot of research in becoming a police Constable/ special Constable just want too see the police officer tests and your videos be useful to for a special Constable i know like main stuff like S.T.A.R. Techniques is very useful for special Constable just want to know is it the same progress as Regular officers training.

  • Any tips for the ministry of defence as they have just changed from SEARCH assessment to RAC? Thanks in advance, great video and book!

  • Hello Richard, great content once again from yourself. We have emailed recently in regards to my assessment on the 19th. Unfortunately with regret, I did not pass, but I have been given feedback from the assessment itself. Would it be possible for me to send you that feedback so you could look over it,and potentially pinpoint where I need to improve on. Thankyou in advance. Barry

  • Thank you for uploading this. Will I have less of a chance of getting the job if I have long hair and a short beard? Obviously I will dress smart and formal and have my hair tied in a bun. I have a full day of fitness assessment, medical screening and a formal interview with 2 people which seems intimidating, but I would like to be as fully prepared as possible. Again thank you for this upload.

  • Great advice! I’m 14 and I have always aspired to becoming a police officer; it is in fact my dream job and I am always watching your videos. I can not worry enough about failing in selection I am currently a police cadet.
    Again I really appreciate this advice.

    Best Regards, Joshua Imerson

  • Bro I’m just sayin. Like actually give actual answers to questions for people who are actually trying to get into law enforcement

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