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  1. Lalaland

    Transferring

    Hi. I’m a serving cop with Lancashire (12 years) and have a transferee interview in 3 weeks with Norfolk. Does anyone have any advice on what I can expect? Does anyone know anything helpful about Norfolk constabulary? Thankyou
  2. I need to interview someone for an offence. Primarily via voluntary interview. They are outstanding for numerous other offences with other departments who arnt very fussed about the progression and arnt willing to take on my much more simple job. I believe if I arrest I need to get all the jobs dealt with but if I voluntarily interview I may be able to deal with mine alone without interviewing for the others. Its been suggested this may or may not be a breach of process, but does anyone know where this is written. The various experts I have spoken to have conflicting and unsouced assertions. I plan to combe pace codes later. (such excitement)
  3. maccalen999

    Interview for Roads Policing

    I have an interview date to joing traffic. Just wondering if anyone can shed any light on what I can expect in the interview? Thank you.
  4. Hi All, I have been invited to attend an assessment day in Cumbria next week. The format is to consist of a Group Discussion, Firearms Assessment, Competency Based Interview, and Written/Observation Assessment in the form of being shown a video clip and being asked to produce a written record. I would really appreciate advice from anyone who has been through this format of assessment? Thanks in advance😃
  5. Roberto1981

    Going to local Police Station

    Hello I'm just wondering about people's experience about going to their local station to speak to a probationer.Did you find you had to go back at a more suitable time? How long roughly should you speak to them for and do you take notes whilst talking? Cheers.
  6. Hi Gang, I'm currently a PSV acting as an Area Coordinator training teams to use the HHR used for Community Speed Watch. Next week, I have an interview with a neighboring force for a police staff role, working as the scheme Coordinator for their CSW program that's about to start. The 'Advice for Interview' sheet supplied states the questions will come from the Person Specification rather than the job role. Can anyone offer words of advise as to what I might expect? Thanks in advance!
  7. emanuel garcia

    Police Scotland Initial Interview

    Hi Guys, I am currently a special constable for Hertfordshire Police and I am living in London , I decided to apply for Police Scotland, passed S.E.T. and have my initial interview at the end of January - quite nervous as I am quite bad with interviews. Wanted to ask if anyone knows the questions I will or may be asked, and what should I study for the interview/expect. Any tips would be much appreciated. Want to feel more confident in passing. Many thanks
  8. Hi Guys, I am currently a special constable for Hertfordshire Police and I am living in London , I decided to apply for Police Scotland, passed S.E.T. and have my initial interview at the end of January - quite nervous as I am quite bad with interviews. Wanted to ask if anyone knows the questions I will or may be asked, and what should I study for the interview/expect. Any tips would be much appreciated. Want to feel more confident in passing. Many thanks
  9. xand_xand

    final interview

    Hi guys, I have my final interview coming up in a few days time and im in a dilemma as to what to wear.. The communication states ''business dress or uniform''. Im a currently serving Spc Sgt with same force so thought turning up in my uniform with epaulets would show my current position and my respect for the uniform and the force...i also feel id probably feel more at ease/relaxed on the day too...but im back and forth on this and wondered what you guys thought? thanks
  10. Olivia Rutherford

    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
  11. Drummerja

    Final Interview

    Hello Wondering if anyone can shed any light (ethically...) on the final interview. i have heard they are marked on the current competencies, 45-1 hour long interview and around 6 questions (with probing questions). I have started to my home work on: PCC, community first, operational model (borderless policing), force priories and objectives, current issues Merseyside is facing and what they're doing about it etc. Going to try and have 7 or 8 examples of when I have... xyz. any help is great, I have emailed requesting comms with a force interviewer as previously suggested and or any information they can share. those who don't ask etc. many thanks
  12. I think it would be useful if we can get a list together of those forces that still include a Final Interview stage (after Ryton Assessment Centre) in their recruitment process... I'll start us off! North Wales Police recruitment process: Application - Assessment Centre at Ryton (pass point 60%) - Final Interview - Vetting / References - Fitness Test - Medical Test - Appointment
  13. Morpheus

    Passed Final Interview -> Next stages

    After getting through the assessment centre, i have passed my final in-force interview. I am worried regarding Medical / Fitness / Vetting stages. Should i be worried regarding this bit of the process ?
  14. QuentinScorsese

    Force Interview (Leicestershire)

    Hello Guys, I have been successful in my application form for Leicestershire Police and I have now been invited to a 'Force Interview' it is in two week and I am bricking it. Can't find much information on what is actually going to be asked of me at the interview, wondering if anybody can give me some bullet points or even what their experience was at the Force Interview stage. Would appreciate any and all info you can give. Questions asked, things they are looking for, good answers & bad answers etc. Thank you guys, I am not expecting it to be spelled out for me, but having a rough idea of what to expect at the interview would be a huge boost. Thank you.
  15. Can someone please tell me the pass mark for the interview for the Met Police?? and if you do bad in the interview would it be a fail?
  16. This is probably going to be my longest post as it covers such a long amount of time, but I thought I would start off with a post about the recruitment process including the timescale from my initial application to receiving an unconditional offer. I wish I'd had one of these blogs to follow when I started the whole process myself so hopefully it's useful for people who are in the middle of/are thinking of applying! I dropped out of my first year of University in February 2016 to pursue my dream of becoming a Police Officer and waited several months for recruitment to open in my local force. Around 5 and a half months after my initial application, here I am to tell the tale. I plan on blogging through my training and hopefully on the job as well! Here's how it all went, starting from the very beginning! Wednesday 22nd June 2016 – Application for role of Police Constable for Dyfed Powys Police successfully submitted. Thursday 14th July 2016 – Successfully at shortlisting stage of application due to successful Competency Based Questionnaire. Invite to Interview at HQ in Camarthen. Thursday 28th July 2016 – 1:30pm, interview at HQ in Camarthen. Left early and arrived 45 minutes early in my excitement. Found HQ and parked up in visitor carpark, desperate for a wee but nowhere to go without booking myself in. Didn’t want to be seen to be too keen, so sat in the car for half an hour going over my notes. For the whole hour and a half journey I had recited my answers to questions I was expecting and for my 10-minute presentation on the role of Police Constable in Dyfed Powys Police. Went in to reception and signed in, put on my pass and sat with other candidates, all as nervous as each other. We were greeted and taken into a waiting room where we were briefed and asked to complete forms that gave a long list of different character traits and asked us to circle three which we thought were most important to the role. We completed two of these forms then were called to our doors. Each of us was interviewed in a separate room, and we were to knock and enter. My two interviewers were two male officers, and I can’t remember what roles they were, I remember one being fairly young and one more middle-aged. We started with the presentation, which I stood up for. They both took notes the whole time I spoke, and this really helped with my nerves as they barely looked up from the paper, so I could just focus on what I was saying rather than my body language. I sat down after what I felt was a rushed-through version of my presentation I had so meticulously planned. The younger man lead the interview while the other took notes of what I was saying and asked questions for me to expand on my answers. They asked a lot of questions and I, luckily, found that my answers came easily for all of them. The competency based questions fit perfectly with the examples I had planned from my everyday life and working life. They nodded and agreed with things I said, saying positive things like “very good” after most of my answers. I felt positive and even had a little bit of a joke with them at the end of the interview. I left feeling like it had gone relatively well, but was very aware of the fact that I was the youngest person attending the interview, and I think it was by quite a long margin. 10th August 2016 – Booked into familiarisation day for Assessment Centre after finding out I had been successful at interview. Very exciting moment but I also knew there was a long way to go yet. 18th August 2016 – Familiarisation day at HQ, Camarthen. We all signed in and waited to be taken through to a teaching room where we were advised on how the day would commence. We went through each different stage of the AC and what to expect, as well as what was expected of us. It was a very informative day and made me quite nervous for the AC. We watched examples of terrible role plays where the candidate had failed to meet any of the competencies and we were advised how this candidate failed. Obviously, not too much information could be relayed to us as to the specifics of the AC but overall, a very helpful day. I sat with a girl who was currently working in a foster home and had lots of experience with difficult people. She was telling me about scenarios she had faced that she would likely use in her competency interview during the AC. I, again, felt very young and inexperienced in comparison to the rest of the people in the room, however, I knew that I had some experiences that I could use as well and overall felt confident that I could give the AC a good go. 13th September 2016 – Thames Valley Police HQ, Reading. The night before the Assessment Centre, mum drove us both up to Reading to the Premier Inn that we had booked ourselves into for the night. We had dinner at the service station (yuck) and bought snacks and magazines to take back to the room with us. We would have to leave fairy early the next morning to make the 30-ish minute drive from our hotel to the HQ, so I was anxious to get back to the room, do some last-minute revision for the day and get a good night’s sleep. Prior to this day, I had scoured the internet high and low for tips for the AC. I had practiced writing reports and done a bit of maths practice here and there, revised my Westshire Centre Pack back to front and practiced for the role play’s with mum on the way to Reading. Overall, I was feeling really nervous, especially after reading a load of horror stories on my iPad in bed that night of people who had thought they’d done well at AC then failed, or people who had passed but had not got the 60% required for Dyfed Powys. It took me a long time to get to sleep that night, my brain wouldn’t turn off. I woke up super early on the 13th (unlucky for some), showered, put on my interview gear and looked through my notes while I did my hair and makeup. I could barely eat but managed to get through a flapjack in the car on the way to the HQ. We missed a turning in the busy traffic of Reading and ended up on back roads all the way. Fortunately, we weren’t late and I wasn’t the last to arrive. We all waited outside the big white building and chatted about where we’d put as our preference areas, what we thought the day was going to be like and our expectations to all fail miserably. Everyone was really lovely, but none of them were from my interview group, I saw a couple of familiar faces later on as my group left and they arrived though! We were lead into a room where we were briefed on who would be doing what parts of the AC first. I wanted to do the role plays and interview first as I knew these held the most weight, and were going to be the most difficult. Just my luck, I was placed in the group doing the written exercises first. We were taken out of the building to further building, a small ‘out house’ style place with several rooms. We left all of our bags and belongings and went in to complete the tests. This took about 3 hours, although I completely lost track of all time during! I didn’t really know what to make of them except that they were difficult, challenging and really made you think. I thought I had completely messed up on report writing due to losing track of information as it was being given to us. But everything else seemed to go OK. Next we were allowed a short (3 minute) toilet break and I had a drink and a couple of bites of a breakfast bar. I had a horrible headache and in my concentration for the written tests, I felt like I had completely forgotten everything I had learnt for the Role Play and Interview. We were to do our role plays next. We were taken and briefed for these, the people who briefed us all through the day were so lovely, helpful and calmed our nerves so much. We chatted until the role actors and assessors were back from their lunch break and then went through formalities. We were allocated numbers and these corresponded to doors. When the first roleplay started, we were to read through an information pack quickly and make any notes we needed to take in with us. I wrote notes for the first one but just read through the info for the rest. All the packs contained was a brief history of events and an overview of the person we would be dealing with. We went through the motions of all four Role Plays, some I managed to resolve quickly and others I had more difficulty finding a resolution to but managed to say the right things in order to keep the actors happy, I think! After these were finished we all breathed a sigh of relief before we were taken into our 20-minute competency interviews. By this point I was knackered, physically and emotionally drained from the constant stress and pressure of the day and felt like the interview would be a complete write off. I barely even remember the questions I was asked let alone the answers I gave. I felt like I stumbled over myself many times and my examples were nowhere near as strong as they were in the Interview I had passed before the AC day. All I remember clearly was a wasp flying in through the open window and hovering around between me and the interviewer, who didn’t look up from his scorecard the whole time and didn’t notice it, so I fidgeted around and tried to waft it away without him thinking I was having a funny moment. We all had our debrief and were told what we couldn’t tell anyone about the day (the specifics, basically!) and we all left together. We were all as shocked as each other about how fast the day had gone but how stressful those 5 hours were. “5 hours of hell” was a phrased used by not just one person and I completely agree! We joked about how we all thought we’d definitely failed, and talked about how we wouldn’t be able to apply for another 6 months as if we had all already received rejection emails! Mum picked me up and I slept the whole journey home from Reading, trying to fight off my horrendous headache. Monday 26th September 2016 – This was my first day at a new temporary job that I thought would perfectly fill the gap between the present date and the proposed intake of April 2017 that I expected to be in. It was absolutely horrendous, I was spoke to and treated like rubbish and had been basically lied to about what the job would entail. I sat in the freezing cold, shed-like office that would supposedly be my base for the job and decided enough was enough. So, I stood up and told them I would not be continuing with the job as I was disappointed to have been mislead, thanked them for their time, got in my car and left. I got home pretty upset that the day had unravelled as it had, and was angry at myself for thinking this would be the ‘perfect opportunity’ to switch up my job before I joined the force. I told my mum and stepdad all about the day and they were just as angry as I was at how I had been treated and we were all just pretty peed off, that’s when my phone vibrated indicating that I had received an email. I looked and could hardly believe what I saw, an email from Dyfed Powys Police titled ‘Police Officer Application’. I knew that this would either be telling me I had passed or failed the assessment centre. I could barely bring myself to open it as mum stared over my shoulder. We both screamed when the first line read “Congratulations we are pleased to inform you that you have been successful at both the interview stage and the National Police SEARCH Assessment Centre for Police Constable. We are therefore in a position to make you a conditional offer of appointment as a Police Constable within Dyfed Powys Police.” It stated the conditions I would have to pass in order for this to become an unconditional offer and the proposed intake of April 2017. I cried in shock, happiness and complete disbelief of the timing of the email that had taken the worst day and turned it into one of the best days I’ve had to date! I rang my boyfriend while he was at work to tell him about the fail of a first day in my new job and the results of the assessment centre, and then rang my sister to tell her all about my rollercoaster of a day as well. I could hardly believe it!! I had passed the Assessment Centre!! I was so much closer to the job of my dreams and all my hard work had paid off. Thursday 29th September 2016 – I arrived at HQ for 3:30 for my fitness test and biometrics. We were taken through reception and had our fingerprints taken, all the staff were really nice and making jokes with us, reassuring us that we’d all pass the fitness for sure. We were rallied up and taken into a big sports hall where we were briefed on how the Bleep Test would work. We warmed up together, doing stretches, and then were asked to run to Level 1 of the Bleep Test as part of the warm up. This was easy enough and made me confident for the test. To say it was easy wouldn’t really be the truth, the pressure of the situation definitely made it feel difficult, although reaching each end of the hall before the beep wasn’t that challenging at all. We all encouraged each other as we ran if anyone seemed to be struggling and all managed to pass first time. By this time, I was starting to recognise some familiar faces from each stage of the application process. We were taken back to a holding room where we filled some forms and chatted amongst ourselves about which areas we’d applied to, what intakes people thought we’d be in, at which point I realised there was a December training intake that we weren’t informed about that some of us might be on due to geographical demands. I didn’t think much of this as I had been told I would be considered for April intake. We then had swabs taken for Biometrics, and the nurse told me this was basically to make sure our DNA wasn’t pulled up in crime scenes we attended on the job. This made it feel so real, ‘on the job’, on the job that I was so close to starting! Monday 17th October 2016 – After being signed off medically by my GP and sending off my medical forms, drugs testing day arrived and I once again returned to HQ. We read through briefings and what we would be tested for and one by one went in to have chunks of hair chopped off and sent off for testing. We never heard back about these results, meaning I had passed (as I fully expected!) I remember laughing at a current PCSO/Special (I never caught which she was) who said she’d been at a job involving a cannabis farm in someone’s house recently and was worried she’d show up positive for weed on the test! This recruitment process fills you with so much self-doubt! Sometime between this date and the next entry I had my medical examination, which went fine and I found out I had perfect 20/20 vision and excellent hearing, despite thinking that the hearing test had gone awfully as I was sure I was hearing beeps that didn’t exist! Friday 4th November 2016 – Just as I was about to leave for work, I received a call from an Unknown Number. It was the lady from the workforce planning team who had been at all of our stages at HQ and she told me she had good news for me and asked if I was available to talk. She said they were happy to offer me an unconditional offer of employment to the force as Police Constable and that training would start on the 5th December, in a month’s time! She told me where I would be based and that I would receive my unconditional offer along with other information in an email on Monday. Monday 7th November 2016 – I received my unconditional offer of employment in writing along with lots and lots of forms to fill in and return, and a list of online modules that we would have to complete prior to our start date for training. I booked myself in for accommodation as I live pretty far from HQ (about an hour and a half drive) for the first section of training and let everyone at work and my employer know that I would only be sticking around for a few more weeks! Everyone was so excited for me to be in the December intake instead of having to wait for April like I was expecting and I’m so happy to be well on my way to becoming a Police Officer in Training at the age of 19! Tuesday 15th November 2016 – Another journey back to HQ for Uniform Fitting and my first Hep Jab. Putting the uniform on made me feel like a real-life Police Officer. It was quite a surreal feeling to be honest, stood there in my high vis with the bullet and stab vest on, kit belt around my waist. I had to go for the smallest hat they had available because I have a pea head, and will need altered trousers (long leg problems!) but overall it was pretty successful. Everyone back home was disappointed I didn’t get any pictures of myself fully kitted out! I’m sure the novelty of the uniform will wear off, but for now, it’s sooo cool ;). Boots ordered and tried on, last shift at work at the end of this week and the holiday to NYC I had booked months and months ago for what is now the second week of training cancelled and I’m so ready to get to HQ and start! A week and a half to go.
  17. Hi everyone, I had my final interview on Monday and got told I'd be contacted latest by the end of this week. I was just wondering if anybody has heard back from their interviews? I know somebody did because he had stated he needed to know urgently as he was making annual leave plans. Thank you.
  18. Is anyone able to provide any suggestions to help prepare for the final interview for Humberside, please?
  19. HI all, First time post here. I wondered how many had recently applied to Hampshire Constabulary on the June/July 2016 recruitment drive? I understand that Hampshire conduct initial interviews prior to national SEARCH assessment. Has anyone had recent experience of these initial interviews? I can see the advantages of interviewing applications prior to paying to put them through the national process, just wondered how different this interview is to the normal 'final interview' post SEARCH. Many thanks in advance.
  20. Zulu54

    HELP ME!

    I'm writing up my interview questions and I'm looking for a post which had a very in-depth Competencies and i can't find it!! I'm unsure where is posted or which forum for that matter! Cheers Z
  21. SW_matt

    Multiple Competencies Per Question?

    Hello everyone, I have my search assessment coming up in about three weeks, I am just refining my examples for the interview. At a preparation day my force did for SC's attempting to transition to PC's a staff member who was also a search assessor stated that in each of the 2 past behaviour questions we would be assessed on only 1 competency per question however since then I have seen in a number of books that we would have to get in more than one per example. Can anyone who is in the know or knows anyone who has recently undergone an A/C confirm whether this is the case or not? Cheers, Matt
  22. DeltaJuliet

    "Group Activity" Final Interview

    Hi Everyone, I was wondering if anybody has come across a group discussion and physical problem solving assessment for their final interview, instead of the usual competency-based individual interview? I have mine coming up on 17th May and I was wondering how best to conduct myself! Thanks a lot! DJ
  23. Eebs

    Paramedics/ECAs

    I was wondering what experience people have with regards to the paramedic interview and literecy/numeracy/highway test if you've done them I did the literecy and numerecy a few years and passed them, but failed horribly on the interviews at the time (thankfully ive improved.. ) I was wondering what experiences you've all had with the tests, or any good reading material on the role/job spec of the paramedic, and how were the tests As i've also applied for ECA (emergency care assistant), Are there interviews/tests for this role, it wasn't stated on the application and if so, are they any different?
  24. Some of you might be interested to know that PACE Code E has changed this month, and for a change in a sensible way which makes life easier. While the requirement to audio record interviews for indictable or either-way offences is still there, from now there's a specific exception for shoplifting under £100, criminal damage under £300 or possession of khat or cannabis for personal use. There are quite a few requirements; it's for adults only, stolen goods must be recovered or have been eaten, there cannot have been any risk of injury or violence etc, all listed in the annex at the very bottom of the code linked above. Provided there's no need to start doing house searches the potential for saving hours dealing with straightforward shoplifters detained by staff alone seems huge to me.
  25. AtreidesZ

    Essex Senior Interview

    Hi guys, Anyone else currently part of the recruitment process for Essex Police? I'm not sure what is going on. I passed my assessment and awaiting the senior interview stage, but have heard nothing from recruitment in 2 months at the time of this post. Have I perhaps missed something? Does my current situation resonate with anyone else? Is continued patience all I require? I am a little surprised that no other candidates have taken to this forum to get a feel for how normal this is. I'm usually the one reading about someone else's concerns and being comforted by the fact that I'm not alone. At the very least, I hope my post might comfort somebody else out there who is also waiting.

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