Internal PC Interviews
Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:30 PM
Thanks in advance
Posted 22 May 2012 - 12:25 AM
The interview was in front of a panel of three, for me it was a Supt. (who acted as 'chair'), a civilian from HR and a Federation rep who happened to be a Sgt. They took it in turns to ask questions, each making notes as I answered. The questions certainly seemed to cover all of the standard 'core competency' categories. I seem to remember some were quite detailed, as in the questions were posed from a 'not-typically-expected' style angle on the competency (not sure I've explained that very well... )
Questions asked mostly followed the stand format of 'Give me an example of a time you did this/ when you were in xyz situation' and 'How did you handle xyz situation and would you do anything differently' type questions.
Two questions I distinctly remember were 'Give a time when you were had to meet a deadline for submitting some form of written work', followed by 'Can you give an example of a time where you struggled to meet a deadline and how you appropriately managed this'. It's one of those things where I now can't really recall a lot of what happened in detail as it was a bit nerve wracking at the time!
One thing I was surprised about not being covered so heavily at the final stage (at least in my case) was force goals, current policing in the media etc. I had done much more study on this than preparing answers for 'questions about me' or practicing more detail into examples I'd given earlier in the recruitment process. I was almost caught out by this but thankfully did enough to get through.
It's one of those massive cliches but having a glass of water in the room to hand was a big help to have as a wee excuse for a pause to think. The 'deep breath' worked wonders for me too.
Hope this is of some help and not just repeating what you've read elsewhere
Very best of luck for the interview on Thursday, I'm sure you will do great.
Edited by Oystercatcher, 22 May 2012 - 12:26 AM.
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