Stage 1 - Online assessment

The start of the recruitment process will be completing the online assessment.  It is important that you are open and honest with your responses so that you gain the most benefit from the questions.  The online assessment will be divided into four elements.

The first element comprises applicant registration, a realistic job preview and an eligibility screen, the second element is a Behavioural Styles Questionnaire and the third element is a Situational Judgement Test.

HR Shared Services will open access to each element of the online assessment on the dates listed within this document.  We will open access to Stage 1 from 9:30am on Wednesday 7th February 2018 and close access at 23:55 on Sunday 11th February 2018 .

Access to the online assessments for each stage can be made at any time during the open periods detailed within this document and from any location that has internet access.

The system is designed to enable you to complete each element of the online process without timing you out.  We recommend that you complete each element in one sitting. Whilst the online tool remains open you can take the assessment at any time during that period.

If however, you do not allow yourself enough time before the closing deadline, you will not be able to complete your application.

Before contacting us with a query, please ensure that you have read this document carefully and you have followed all of the online instructions.

Due to the expected volume of applications we will not be able to answer telephone calls during the online process. However, we will aim to respond to emails within 3 working days during normal office hours, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

The online assessment tool consists of:

Registration from 9:30 am Wednesday 7th February 2018 until 23:55 pm Sunday 11th February 2018

This is where you enter your personal details such as your full name, full residential address, driving licence details, your National Insurance number and qualifications.

You will be required to provide proof of these details later on in the application process so please ensure you have the relevant documentation available.  You will also be required to complete an eligibility screen at this stage.

Realistic Job Preview Questionnaire from 9:30 am Wednesday 7th February 2018 until 23:55 pm Sunday 11th February 2018

The purpose of this section is to give you a real view of what it is like to undertake the work of a Police Officer and decide whether or not it is right for you.  You will be asked to give your open and honest responses to different situations.  There is no right or wrong answer.  At the end of the questionnaire, you will be given an overall rating of your suitability for the role of Police Officer based on your responses.  You can then make a decision if you would like to continue with the application.

Behavioural Styles Questionnaire from 9:30 am Tuesday 13th February 2018 until 23.55 pm Thursday 15th February 2018

This questionnaire invites you to review a number of statements and indicate which statement you completely agree with or completely disagree with on a sliding scale.  In order to progress to the next stage, you must pass the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire. When this stage closes you will be advised of the result and emailed a link to your feedback report.

Situational Judgement Test from 9:30 am Monday 19th February 2018 until 23.55 pm Thursday 21st February 2018

If you have passed the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire you will be asked to complete the Situational Judgement Test.  This is the final stage of the online process.  You will be presented with a number of different situations that you might face as a Police Officer with a choice of different actions that might be taken.  You will be asked to identify which action will result in an effective or counterproductive outcome.  When this stage closes you will be advised of the result and emailed a link to your feedback report.