In­ter­view skills to be taught at po­lice work­shop

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A WORK­SHOP teach­ing would-be po­lice of­fi­cers key in­ter­view skills will take place in Dundee next month.

Po­lice Scot­land’s North Area re­cruit­ment team will be giv­ing advice about how to best ap­proach the force’s com­pe­tency-based in­ter­view at Balu­niefield Po­lice Sta­tion, in Balu­nie Drive, on Fe­bru­ary 14.

The event is open to un­suc­cess­ful can­di­dates and those at­tend­ing the stage two in­ter­view for the first time, ei­ther as a reg­u­lar of­fi­cer or a special con­sta­ble.

In­spec­tor Irene Coyle said: “The com­pe­tency-based in­ter­view is highly struc­tured and can be quite un­like any in­ter­view can­di­dates have ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

“The style of the in­ter­view re­quires can­di­dates to demon­strate their skills against spe­cific com­pe­ten­cies Po­lice Scot­land is look­ing for.

“Can­di­dates are asked to do this us­ing sit­u­a­tional ex­am­ples from their life ex­pe­ri­ences to il­lus­trate their per­son­al­ity, skill set and in­di­vid­ual com­pe­ten­cies.

“Ideally we are look­ing for can­di­dates to use the STAR-based model when an­swer­ing our ques­tions and dur­ing the work­shop we will cover this ap­proach and give ex­am­ples of how ques­tions can be an­swered.

“Dur­ing each round of re­cruit­ment ac­tiv­ity, a num­ber of peo­ple are un­suc­cess­ful at this stage of the process.

“Can­di­dates are wel­come to reap­ply if they are un­suc­cess­ful at any stage, al­though they do have to wait six months be­fore they do so.

“By hold­ing this work­shop, I’m hop­ing that this will en­able at­ten­dees to suc­cess­fully pro­ceed to the next stage.”

The two-hour work­shop opens at 5.45pm for a 6pm start.

To book, email po­licere­cruit­ment aberdeen@scot­land.pnn.po­lice.uk or call 01224 306684 with your name, date of birth, ad­dress, email and phone num­ber.

In­spec­tor Irene Coyle

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