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Police Officer Selection Process – 7 Tips For PASSING!

September 13, 2019

Hi, everyone. My name’s Richard McMunn from the career guidance
company and in this video, I’m gonna give you seven hot tips for passing
the tough police officer selection process. The reason why I’ve put this video together
is that we run a number of training courses at weekends to help people like you prepare
for the selection process and somebody who attended a recent course said to us, “What’s
your top tips for successfully passing the selection process?” So I’ve decided to put these tips in a video
and share them with you. So I’m gonna go through each of the seven
tips in detail. Please make sure you take notes as I go through
the video. Watch it from beginning to end and then watch
it again. And then when you’re preparing for the selection
process, my advice is to follow these tips and in my opinion, you will be fully prepared
for the selection process, every element: the application form, the assessment centers,
the interview, and even if you’re going for a final interview as well. So tip number one is about the core competencies
and learning the core competencies in detail and then being able to demonstrate them during
every stage of the process and that’s about the application form, the assessment center,
and also the interview. So in my opinion, if you go along or go through
the selection process without knowing and understanding the core competencies, your
chances of a success will decrease rapidly, okay. So you need to understand them and also use
key words and phrases from the core competencies to enable you to get higher marks. Now, if I was assessing somebody during the
police selection process, I would have the core competencies in front of me and I would
be looking for triggers. So if you said something or did something
that was relevant to a core competency, then you would get more marks and that’s the way
to tackle the selection process. Don’t worry about what anybody else is doing. Concentrate on your own performance and be
able to demonstrate the core competencies. Now, another tip with regards to understanding
the core competencies is to know which ones you’re being assessed against. Now, the core competencies have changed recently
but not every police force at the time that this video is being created are using the
new core competencies so make sure you check in your application pack that you’re using
the correct ones, okay, and then start developing them, understanding them. Use a highlighter pen to highlight key words
and phrases from the core competencies and then use them during the assessment center,
application form, and the interview. So the new core competencies, just to quickly
give you an oversight of them, first one is being emotionally aware so you should understand
what that means as part of the core competencies and then demonstrate it during the selection
process. So if you come across somebody in the roleplay
scenarios who’s upset, then you have to demonstrate that you are emotionally aware and there are
different ways that you can do that. Second one is about taking ownership. You have to take ownership and responsibility
for problems. So if you’re a police officer and you turn
up to a fight at a pub, you’re the one who’s gonna have to resolve it. You have got to take ownership for the situation. You can’t go, “Oh, this is not my responsibility.” And during the roleplay scenarios, you’ll
have to demonstrate that. You’ll be given a situation and you have to
sort it out and resolve it with the resources that are at your disposal. And that’s the next core competency, which
is called working collaboratively. So when you work collaboratively, you work
with other people, both within the police force and outside of the police force. That’s like stakeholders. It might be the ambulance service, the fire
service, the social services, CCTV companies, and the local authority. You will work with them to resolve the issue
so it’s about looking at the information that’s at your disposal and then using that to help
you resolve the situations. The next one is about delivering, supporting,
and inspiring. So delivering is about actually delivering
the values and the missions of the police force. Supporting people within the organization,
supporting your colleagues, and also inspiring and motivating other people. The next one, and this is important, is about
analyzing critically and that’s about looking at information that’s at your disposal and
also asking questions to glean further information to help you make the right decisions, okay. So you don’t just turn up and think, “Well,
I think this is what’s going on here so I’ll sort it out.” You have to look at the information that’s
at your disposal and then take action thereafter. You have to be innovative and have an open
mind as well. These are really important. So that’s just a brief overshot of the core
competencies. Like I said, make sure you understand them,
download them, make sure you get a copy of the core competencies, and then work with
them during your preparation. So the second tip, tip number two, is my advice
is to use key words and phrases from the core competencies in everything you do. So when you respond to the application form
questions, have the core competencies next to you and refer to them. Use key words and phrases. When you go to the assessment center, say
and do things that are relevant to the core competencies and also in the interview when
you’re responding to the interview questions and I’ll cover those in a second, make sure
you use key words and phrases. So to give you a couple of examples, if you
are demonstrating the core competency of being emotionally aware, you might say to them,
say to the people, “I acknowledge and respect your opinion.” So if somebody says something to you that
you don’t necessarily agree with but it falls within, like the police values, you could
say, “Okay, I acknowledge and I respect your opinion but this is how we’re gonna do things.” That would be demonstrating the core competency. The next one, you ask for help if you’re unsure. Now, everybody makes mistakes and the police
do as well. So if you’re unsure about something, you will
ask for help so you might decide to speak to a supervising officer or a line manager
just to clarify something so you don’t make the wrong decision and that’s also about seeking
assistance. So these are all words and phrases that are
relevant to the core competency of being emotionally aware. The next one, taking ownership. So it says here about accurately identifying
the issue so that’s part of the core competency. So how would you achieve that during a roleplay
scenario? Well, you would ask questions to clarify so
you could say, “I just wanna ask you a few questions so I can accurately identify the
issue that’s at stake here.” So if you say that, you’re prepared to go
into the roleplay scenario and say, “I just wanna ask you a few questions so that I can
accurately identify the issue,” then you are ticking the box or part of the box within
the core competency of taking ownership. Another one with regards to taking ownership
is actually taking responsibility for your own decisions. So you can say, “I’m gonna take ownership
and I’m gonna resolve this issue.” So you could say that during the roleplay
scenario and you could also say it during your responses to the interview questions. “So I decided to take responsibility and this
is what I did.” And then the assessor will be looking going,
“Yep, that’s a box ticked as well.” So it’s all about understanding the core competencies
and then using key words and phrases that you’ve prepared before when you go into the
scenario. Now, tip number three, another big one, is
to demonstrate impartiality during everything that you do. So being impartial is all about understanding
the needs of people. So again, if you’re going through the roleplay
scenario or even completing the application form, you demonstrate that you understand
the needs of individuals and you take these into account when you’re making your decisions. So you have to find out what the needs of
the people you’re dealing with are so that you can make the correct decision. The next one is about treating every person
in a fair and respectful manner, okay, and that’s really important in today’s police
force is to treat every person in a fair and respectful manner. So they’ll be looking out for you to do this
in your application form responses, assessment center, and also the competency based interview. Making sure you communicate clearly, so you
can do that by saying…you tell someone in the roleplay scenario, “This is what I’m gonna
do,” and then you say to them, “Can you just confirm that you’ve understood what I’ve said
here?” So that’s about clarifying what you’re saying
and making sure the other person, who’s on the receiving end of your communication, understands
what you’re saying. The next one, and again, a really, really
big one. I can’t emphasize enough how important this
is, challenging prejudice and discrimination whenever it arises. And the chances are, during the roleplay scenarios,
it will happen, okay. It will come up and you have to challenge
it immediately. And it’s not about challenging it in an aggressive
manner. It’s about challenging it in a confident and
assertive manner, okay. “I’m not happy with what you’ve said there. I need to stop you. Please don’t use that language again.” So that’s being confident and resilient in
your responses. So make sure when something comes up that’s
not right, if someone swears or uses abusive language, then you stop it straight away. Making decisions using fair and objective
reasoning and that’s about gathering all the information that you need. Valuing and appreciating the opinions of other
people, providing they fall within the police code of ethics. So say, “Yeah, I appreciate your comments
and I totally respect them, however, this is what we’re going to do based on the information
that I have gleaned.” So that’s about being impartial. Tip number four, and this is an old one really
but it’s still really relevant, provide evidence-based responses to interview questions using the
STAR technique. So what I mean by that is not saying, if they
ask you a question, “Can you give an example of when you solved a difficult problem under
pressure?” And you said, “Well, if that situation arose,
this is what I would do.” You wouldn’t get many marks for that. You have to say, “Yes, I’ve already been in
this situation before and this is what I’ve done.” Okay, so that’s about giving evidence-based
responses. And my advice is to use STAR technique when
structuring your responses. So STAR stands for situation, task, action,
result. So you explain what the situation was that
you had to deal with, then you explain the task, what did you have to do. “So we had to do this in order to achieve
the end goal. This is the action that I took and then this
was the end result.” And make sure the end result is always positive
following yours and others’ actions. So situation, task, action, result and when
you’re practicing for the competency based interview, you should carry out mock interviews,
which is my next tip. I’ll come on to that in a second. But in your mind, you should have STAR: situation,
task, action, result and there you’re structuring your responses in the correct manner and you’re
covering everything that you need to do in order to give yourself the best chance of
getting the highest marks possible. So tip number five is mock interviews. My advice is to not go to the interview without
having carried out at least two mock interviews. So I’m gonna give you a couple of questions
to practice in a second but what I mean by a mock interview is getting either a friend
or a relative to sit in front of you and ask you the questions and then you respond to
them. Now, when you do a mock interview, you’re
in a safe environment. You’re not being assessed but it gives you
the chance to respond to interview questions and demonstrate good interview technique. Place the palms of your hands facing down
on top of your knees, sit upright, smile, and engage with the person who’s asking you
the questions. And this will give you more confidence so
when you go along to the competency based interview, you’re fully prepared and it’s
not the first time that you’ve started responding to these questions because don’t forget, you’ve
got a certain amount of time to respond to these questions so you want to fill up your
time and make sure you cover all of the different elements that are being assessed, which again
is the core competencies. So make sure you carry out two mock interviews
and I’ll also tell you in a second where you can go to practice a mock interview or find
out more about how to pass both the competency based interview and also the final interview
if you have to do one. So I just mentioned about interview questions. My advice, during your preparation, is be
prepared for the following interview questions. Number one, describe a time when you’ve supported
a vulnerable person or a group of people. So describe a time when you have supported
a vulnerable person or a group of people, okay. So it might be somebody that you know at work
or outside of work or even a group of people. You’ve taken ownership and you’ve helped them
out to sort out this issue. Don’t forget, situation, task, action, result
covers all of the different elements and follow the core competencies. Second question that I want you to prepare
for, describe when you have used your initiative in a situation. So when have you used your initiative in a
situation to resolve a problem? Question number three, describe a time when
you’ve taken responsibility for solving a difficult problem. Again, situation, task, action, result. And also describe a time when you’ve assisted
somebody to overcome a difficult situation or problem. So the third one is about taking responsibility
for solving a difficult problem yourself and then helping other people as well. So these are the first four questions that
I want you to prepare for. There are more questions that I recommend
you get ready for, which again, I’ll tell you where to get for in a second but those
are the ones that I want you to practice during a mock interview. Tip number seven, be prepared for probing
questions, okay, really important. A lot of people who go to assessment center
are not prepared for these. A probing question, you give a response to
the interview question and then the interviewer might say to you, “Well, how did that situation
make you feel? So upon reflection, would you do something
different next time if the same situation arose again?” Another probing question, “Why do you think
the other person reacted as they did?” Next one, “Did you feel you coped well with
the situation?” That’s all about reflecting and analyzing
your own performance. So there’s a whole host of different probing
questions that you can be prepared for so it’s about having your responses ready but
then also being open for probing questions. Probing questions are good because the interviewer
is trying to get more information out of you. So again, during the mock interview, you can
practice for those as well. Tip number eight, this is a bonus tip. So we’ve covered seven. My advice, and this is genuine advice, is
to invest in your own development. Let’s assume you’re fully trained up as a
police officer. You’re earning approximately £30,000 a year. That’s a decent salary. You’ve got a good pension, a great, secure
job. So when you’re preparing for the police selection
process, it’s worth investing not just your time but also a bit of money in getting yourself
as fully prepared as you possibly can be. So we’ve written a book, “How to Become a
Police Officer.” If you click the link below the video right
now, it’ll take you through to our website where you can get a copy of this. You can also get access, instant access to
online training courses as well so you can start learning and improving within a few
seconds of clicking the button below the video. This a great book, really good reviews and
it’s been helping people for many years to get past the police officer selection process. We also run a number of training courses,
which is the whole reason why I created this video because, if you remember, someone who
attended the training course asked for our top tips. Well, we’ve got a whole host of tips to give
you and advice which we cover through our one-day police officer training course. If you go to the website,,
and again, I’ll put it in the content below this video, if you click the link, it will
take you through to a page and you can come and spend a whole day with us and learn how
to pass the police selection process. I genuinely hope that those tips have helped
you. We’ve got so much more to give you. Please, I would really appreciate it if you
gave the video a thumbs up. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel as
well. And if you’re going through selection process
or if you’d like me to create a video for you, please put it in the comments box below
the video here on YouTube and I’ll create a video for you as well. So yeah, I wish you all the very best in your
pursuit to becoming a police officer and thank you very much for watching.


  • Reply CareerVidz June 19, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Get the Police Officer Interview Questions at >>

  • Reply Z Twist June 19, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Hi Richard,
    I've got your book. You helped me get into the specials last year. I'm in for the regular police officer application this year. I've got my assessment centre in 2 weeks. I'd just like to thank you for helping me pass the selection process for the specials and hope that you're guidance is enough to pass this year too.

  • Reply Craig Leach July 18, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Do you have a video to assist a Police Officer attending a transferee interview?

  • Reply andy perry 1001 August 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Should you use different examples for the competency interview from your application form. As I fear I used my best examples in my application form

    P.s thanks for the videos and have found your book very helpful

  • Reply Sam UK December 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

    I am currently preparing for the Special Constable assessment. Your tips and instructions are very helpful indeed and they are giving me good insight of what to expect on the assessment day and the structured interview. Thank you so much Richard.

  • Reply Hassan Yahiya February 24, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Thank you sir

  • Reply Hassan Yahiya February 24, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Squeeze me i can ask you question where i can get this a book

  • Reply Hassan Yahiya February 24, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    I don’t want to buy on online shopping

  • Reply Dave Jolliffe February 25, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Are you able to do a video for the competency sift pre-recorded video interview?

  • Reply ki daniels March 19, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Content laden
    Rich with examples
    Useful in US
    I have to rewatch and keep watching
    I Am learning

  • Reply chris Anderson May 1, 2019 at 8:34 am

    With the help of your book and YouTube channel I passed my police interview and assessment..yeaaa.
    My advise is, learn the core values and have very strong answers. I had these recorded on my phone including my application and listened to them at every opportunity .
    do your home work and try and get out on patrol with your chosen force.
    Thank you.

  • Reply RessSickness July 6, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Hi Richard, what happens after the Day One and Fitness center situations? Is that when you will have a final interview? Thanks for your bodies btw, very useful.

  • Reply Ricardo Clark August 20, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Could you do a video about the best ways to get into West Midlands police

  • Reply Ricardo Clark August 20, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Do I have to be a pcso before coming a police officer because my friend was told by police she needs to be a pcso first

  • Reply X Y August 20, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    to get into the police you first have to shit out your brains..hate anything not as corrupt as fk..with a chip the size of a log on both shoulders…

  • Reply Sham Khan August 30, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Hi Richard, Do you have a book version of: ? Rather than just having it all online? Thanks

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