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  1. BTP

    Hi there. Has anyone applied for BTP in the latest recruitment drive? Was wondering what I should be looking at revising and swotting up on, other than the competencies. Cheers
  2. The last 4 working days have felt like 4 working years, filled with endless refreshing of emails and irrational Google hunts as to how long for SEARCH results... This morning I got the call that I had been waiting eagerly for/dreading, I've passed the assessment centre! Ecstatic is not the word! Whilst I'm under no illusions that the final interview is far from a formality, I'm confident after my past experience was that it was a much less robotic and unfriendly assessment environment than the AC. I'm booked in for the interview next Friday morning, so it feels like the journey is slowly but shortly coming towards its end - hopefully not too abruptly. Congratulations to all those who got good news today, and commiserations to those who didn't, I know how it feels to be dumped out of this process but, to use a cliche, pick yourself up, dust yourself down and get back on that horse in 6 months time. Cue garbled panicking post on Friday around 1pm, it's time for a beer...
  3. So today was the day I've been counting down for over a month. After meticulous preparation, I was still apprehensive that I would get caught out by something! Things started to go awry at about 0230 this morning when my darling son decided to scream the house down - and then continue to wake up shouting every hour until I got up at 0600. It's the first time he's done it in months and it's almost like he knew I needed my sleep! As for the Assessment Centre itself, obviously I can't go into too much detail about the content but I'm cautiously happy with how I performed. I can remember a few points where I waffled or lost my trail of thought which will mark me down, but I didn't freeze and I'm hoping that will carry me through! To anyone reading this a week or more before your Assessment Centre, I would 100% recommend Brendan from Blue Light Consultancy's courses. I was added to his support group for free 4 days before my Centre and so didn't have enough time for his course to be fully useful, however he was fantastic and I would say that for the extra resources available, £120 is definitely value for money - especially as it will be 1/15th of your first pay packet if you get through! He won't give you all the answers, but he'll teach you to understand the centre and what they're asking of you so that you can work them out yourself. I guess now all I can do is twiddle my thumbs and check my emails for the anxious wait - I've already naively checked them twice hoping to see good news - even though I'm fully aware that the reports don't get sent to the CoP til tomorrow! Hopefully I'll have the news I want next week, but until I've seen that email and read it 5 times to make sure it's not a cruel joke, I'm not counting my chickens!
  4. They say that success comes from preparation so was wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of any maths questions (such as revision websites etc) that could help in the assessment centre. Someone I know has theirs soon and, by their own admission, is crap at maths. Was thinking some of the GCSE websites may work but they are not multiple choice (I have all the revision questions (3 questions) that have been given by the College Of Policing and when I gave them an email for any more I got a polite go away, not in my mind how they should be treating their members). Not willing to pay one of these companies as not sure if they are actually worth it. On a slightly different not not sure why its necessary to have a maths test on a police entry exam if you already have maths GCSE (or other qualification). I can tell you now I have being doing this job quite a while and I have never used any maths whilst doing it (other than divvying up the kebab bill)
  5. Hello guys, I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on a query I have. I recently attended an assessment centre with Lancs Constab. I started the assessment with the new 'incident report form' written assessment. I managed to complete the front of the incident report form however I unfortunately ran out of time when it came to writing a description of the incident. I feel a large reason for not completing the form in the allocated time was due to nerves. After this I moved onto the second written assessment which I found very simple and was able to finish in the allotted time frame. My question is, how are these assessments marked? Are the two assessment scores averaged out or is it a case of passing both of the exercises? For example if I failed one written assessment and passed the other would the marks be averaged out or will it be an automatic fail? If anyone could shed some light onto this I would be extremely thankful.
  6. Hey guys new on here, I have my AC in the next couple of weeks and just wanted some clarification regarding the interview piece. I have heard they still ask you 4 questions, but 2 of them are now motivational / values questions? Can anyone shed any light on this at all? Many thanks in advance
  7. Competancy Defenitions

    Hi folks, I have my head in the books at the moment prior to my upcoming national assessment centre, and I am studying my competancies for the interview. I'm aware the interview at the NAC consists of two competancy questions and two motivational questions. I was wondering if the competancy heading (for example Service Delivery) will relate to the competancy listed on the initial application form. Service delivery could be quite a vast area, but the initial application for asked a question about dealing with people with complex needs under the service delivery competancy. Will the NAC interview competancies be along the same lines as the application form? Thanks
  8. Competencies Of A Police Constable

    Hi All, Im due to have part of my SEARCH assessment this week and I'm just working my way through the six core competencies; Public Service Openness To Change Service Delivery Professionalism Decision Making Working With Others At the moment I'm struggling to come up with examples around service delivery. I did have some examples but having looked at a few websites, and finding an example question, it sort of 'poo poo's' them. Can anyone help me understand what sort of examples to give around service delivery? Thanks in advance guys/girls.
  9. Assessment Centre Jitters

    So I have my assessment centre coming up this week with Kent. Was told this: Your assessment will consist of the following: Competency Based Interview – lasting approximately 45 minutes Written Examination – lasting 1.5 hours I'm super worried now, because reading on all the info, Im super confused what the written exam consist of.Is it the verbal and maths, or is it verbal, maths and the report?
  10. Talking Blues

    Afternoon one and all, I received my dates for SEARCH assessment yesterday, and I confirmed my attendance today. I wasn't hugely worried before, but now it all seems very real and I'm starting to flap, just a little bit! On the back of that, I've seen a few people recommend a company called "Talking Blues", that runs pre-assessment centre prep courses. Do any of my fellow PolCommers have any experience of them, and if so are they worth doing?
  11. Day 2 Assessment: "Group Activities"

    Hi All, I'm a relative newbie to the forum who has recently passed the Assessment Centre and has now been invited to a second assessment. This has been described as a "group activity" based on the Policing Professional Framework. I was wondering if anybody has had any experience with this type of assessment and if they might be able to outline what might occur? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks. DJ
  12. Recruitment Help...

    Hello all, I have failed my final interview at my second attempt, despite studying like a demon! My question is this: I passed my A/C on 10 February 2015 so have until that date next year until that score is irrelevant. Does that mean that should West Mercia recruit again in six months, do I have to complete an application form and if successful go straight to interview? Do I need to fill out the competency parts of application as I would have my A/C result? Finally, how is the six months calculated? Is it six months multiplied by four weeks (6x4 = 24 weeks which would be 29 January) or is it date to date i.e. six months from now would be 14 February 2016? I used the STAR acronym last time and failed, with my structure and interview technique needing work - anyone have any tips or courses to improve this? I revised the competencies rigorously but the questions were phased in a way that made my examples not fit! Any help would be appreciated!
  13. Assessment Centre Resources

    I came across a load of resources for the SEARCH Assessment Centre on the CoP website earlier today: http://recruit.college.police.uk/Officer/after-I-apply/Pages/Constables-Assessment-Centre.aspx There's pre-read material (which I understand you get sent anyway), and some familiarisation exercises. Hopefully it'll be helpful if you're preparing to go to your assessment centre soon.
  14. Hi, does anybody have an assessment centre upcoming or recently passed one and willing to discuss? :)
  15. Failed assessment centre

    So I failed my assessment centre with West Mercia police which is quite upsetting, but whats bothered me more is that I passed on all the things I thought I hadn't done very well on. I actually passed the overall mark too with more than 60%. I failed because I failed to achieve 50% on working with others, I got 44% on that, which apparently means I fail. Is it a requirement in all forces ACs to achieve 50% in working with others?
  16. Hello all. Happy New year! I've heard some rumours that the current score needed to join as a PC has been further reduced below 50%. Does anyone know if this is true or if it's just the usual grapevine rubbish?
  17. Hi all, Does anybody know: I have passed everything for the Kent application except vetting. whilst I wait for the result I would like to defer to the Met where I am a special. Do I have to cancel my application with Kent BEFORE I put in an application with the Met or do I just fill in the application form on the Met police website and state I've passed the SEARCH and wait to hear back from them? Obviously if I cancel my Kent police application then don't make it through the paper sift with the Met I'd be gutted!! Cheers all, Bongo Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Met Day 1

    Ok so I totally screwed the maths exam. Will be lucky to get even 1% on that. Can someone clean this up for me, if you completely fail the maths, can you still pass or am I looking at another 6 month wait?
  19. Hi everyone, I have my day 1 to become a regular in just over a week, I'm already a special. I just need a bit of advice regarding the interview. It says the interview will be based on the competencies, I'm just really wondering if our examples should be from being a special or just everyday life? And any helpful ways to layout/write my examples up, such as SOAP? Or if anyone has any other advice to help get through the day would be brilliant! Thank you!
  20. Hello, I had a conversation today with I believe HR and the lady said that for the Specials they don't do an Assessment Centre. Is anyone able to confirm? I am at the JST stage of my application. Sorry if I am not meant to be on here yet! Thanks

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