Police Interview Questions

How To Answer The Police Interview Questions?

The interview questions will be about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. These questions will be related to the competency areas. Questions will focus on relevant skills you have that are transferable to the role of a police officer like problem solving and dealing with people.

Know Your Examples

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You must know exactly what happened in the situation you are describing when you answer a question because you will get probed on the answers you give.

Many candidates have been caught out by this as they have made up responses to the questions. If you are then asked a probing question and you cannot answer it or the example you give does not make sense, the recruitment team will easily be able to spot this.

The best approach is to be honest and draw on situations that have happed to you. The simple reason is that if you are asked a specific question about what happened you will be able to straight away provide an answer in a confident manner.


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Preparation For The Police Interview

Prior to the interview take the time to read through your application form to remind yourself of your answers there as some questions will likely be based around what you have written.

It is essential that you practice your responses to the questions before you attend the Police Officer Assessment Centre. You will be assessed on the core competency of Effective Communication. This basically means that you must be able to communicate effectively and structure your responses in a logical, concise and relevant manner.

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How long is police interview?

The police interview is a 20 minute long structured interview, where you will be expected to answer each question for up to five minutes. The four main questions change slightly each year, but always ask for specific examples covering four of the seven “skill” areas.

The Police interview board will have a number of set questions to choose from and whilst these are constantly changing they will form part of the Police Officer core competencies.

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Police interview tips- Don’t go over the five minutes.

Remember that the person interviewing you will stop you if you go over the five minutes.

As the person interviewing you asks you the question, they will also give you a copy of the question to refer to. When responding you must choose examples that you feel comfortable discussing with the person interviewing you. You do not need to know about customer-services or the law or procedures relating to police work.

Do not be afraid to ask for the question to be repeated, even in you are mid way through providing your answer. Sometimes it is better to obtain clarification, re-focus and get back to exactly what the question is asking you to demonstrate.

The last thing you want to do is go off on a tangent and talk for 5 minutes because you feel like you have to. If you can answer the question within 2 minutes then do this is not a problem.

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3 typical police interview questions

Here are 3 typical police interview questions you could be asked:

  • “Why do you want to become a police officer?”
  • “Why do you want to join your particular force?”
  • “What have you done to find out about your force you want to join?

You will be allowed up to 5 minutes to answer each question so don’t be afraid to use the time you have. You may find during the interview that the interviewer asks you probing questions. These are designed to help you in giving your response so listen to what he or she has to say.

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Common Police Interview Questions

Common Polive Interview Questions :
  • Why are you seeking a career as a police officer/deputy sheriff?
  • What education and experience do you possess that has prepared you for this career?
  • Describe the worst situation you have encountered in a work place. How did you deal with it?
  • How do you feel about carrying a gun and possibly having to take someone’s life in the line of duty?
  • What are the sources of stress in your personal and professional life? How do you manage this stress?
  • What is your pattern of alcohol use?
  • What type of interpersonal conflict have you experienced in your professional life?
  • What steps did you take to resolve the issue?
  • What personal qualities and traits do you possess that would make you well suited for a law enforcement career?
  • Which type of situations cause you to feel discouraged? Anxious? Irritated?
  • When have you had to take charge of a situation to quickly resolve a problem or crisis?
  • As a police officer you catch hold of your friend doing something illegal. How would you handle the situation?

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