Lateral Moves

So many great candidates don’t get the job they go for because they don’t fully understand what’s expected from them. It may be many years since you last had an interview and things have changed so much.

At Careers In Blue, we will go through the process with you, help you with your Application Form and to plan for your Interview. We explain the Competency Values Framework (CVF) in simple terms and relate it to the role you are applying for.

Expert Coaching to help get you the job you deserve

We will help you build your evidence portfolio to ensure you can demonstrate the necessary skills you have, questions you may face, how to answer them and how you will be scored against the CVF. Being fully prepared will ensure you are confident and ready for anything they may throw at you!

Our Application Forms and Structured Interview Workbook is your complete guide. Back it up with a Structured Interview Course and your chances of success increase. The first part of the session will help you understand what skills a question is asking you to demonstrate and you will be able to structure your response to provide valuable evidence against the Competency Values Framework (CVF).

The second part of the session will be a slow time Mock Interview with the option of more if you feel it necessary. It’s an experience as near as you can get to the real thing, with constructive feedback, giving tips on how to improve – you can’t be any better prepared!

For those of you who have an understanding of the process but may not have had an interview for some time, we also offer Mock Interviews. You will get constructive feedback on your performance, prior to the real thing, giving you as near to real interview experience as you can get, with tips on how to improve – couple either with our Application Forms and Structured Interviews Workbook and you can’t be any better prepared!

Careers In Blue Lateral Moves Services

Application Forms and Structured Interviews Guide and Workbook

This is our complete guide to Competency Based Applications and Interviews. It is ideal for anyone applying for a police staff role, a police lateral move or any application form or interview that asks for competency based information. It is a simplistic, practical guide and workbook which covers:

  • Information about both processes
  • Preparing evidence for both processes
  • Structuring your answers
  • Useful additional preparation

Lateral Moves Interview Training Course

For those of you already employed by a police force as an officer or police staff and are applying for a lateral move, this is for you. This bespoke training, just for you, over a 3 hour session, will lead you through the process, discuss what skills you are likely to be assessed against, leading to a mock interview in the second part of the session with constructive honest feedback on areas to address before the real thing.

Our Structured Interview Course, will guide you how to plan, understand what you are being asked to demonstrate and how to construct your answers against the Competency Value Framework.

The Training Course runs over a 3 hour session and will gradually build on your knowledge base, covering varying subjects you will most likely be questioned about. We will explain what is involved in a Structured Interview, discuss the Competency Value Framework and how you can be fully prepared, leading to interview questions and a structured way to answer them.

There will also be practical advice on how to conduct yourself, looking the part and giving you that inner confidence to help you achieve.

Couple it with our Application Forms and Structured Interview Workbook and you can’t be any better prepared!


One to One Structured Mock Interview

For those of you who may have done any of our courses, or even if you are new to Careers In Blue and feel you have prepared yourself sufficiently, but would like the opportunity of a mock interview, this is ideal for you!
Although we call it a ‘One to One’ Mock Interview, there will in fact be two trainers on hand to make your mock interview as lifelike as it can be. If you choose to have further interviews, different question sets will be used.
Honest and constructive feedback on your current performance will be given, with advice and guidance on areas where you could look to improve.
The opportunity to have a mock interview, ahead of the real thing, is the best preparation you can do.
Rather than worrying about what you might face, you will be instilled with confidence and enthusiasm, ready to face what lies ahead on your policing journey.

Application Form Checking

It’s so important to get this right – how many people do you think will apply? Many forces are inundated with applications and will sift applications with no feedback – make sure yours is the best you can submit! This may be the only time this year that your chosen force advertises for your desired entry level. It’s so important to ensure you get on the first rung of that police recruitment ladder – give yourself the optimum chance of success and use us to advise and guide you.

We offer the chance for you to have peace of mind that your application form is the best you can possibly submit and get you to that next stage of the Online Assessment Centre. We have direct experience of scoring application forms against the police Competency Value Framework (CVF) and providing feedback to successful or unsuccessful candidates.

We offer a quick turnaround, guaranteed of within 24 hours of receiving your submission.

For £59, whether it’s an online application or paper based, we will look it over for you. If you are asked any questions around experience you have or what motivates you to want to be a police officer, we will advise
• if your current answers are sufficient
• you need to add or evidence further any of your answers
• recheck it again for you before submission
• advise on current recruitment processes for your chosen force

What our customers say about us

Thank you to tutors and students for welcoming Chris and Jan back to Oldham College for the second year!

Great to meet all the students and hopefully they benefitted from the presentation in a number of ways.

Thanks especially to Nathan Street for arranging the visit!

Presentation to Uniformed Protective Services Students at Oldham College Dated 11th October 2023 

Many thanks to the Careers in Blue team, especially Chris and Jan, who have been very helpful along my journey to post-university employment.

Both are very knowledgeable and offer expert guidance to those aspiring to work in the police force.

Sophie - used ' Tip of the Week' and Weekly Chat - CIB Free Services 

Regarding your Police Recruitment Start to Finish Book, I gave it to some of the Policing Tutors who are all ex-Police and the feedback was extremely positive.

Therefore I’ve asked the Course Leader to think about purchasing one for each of our final year students.  I’m not sure how many we have!

Update: Books for Final Year students have been purchased including a presentation from Careers In Blue to students at the  University of Gloucestershire  for the Futures Conference Employability Week in January 2023!

Natalie - University of Gloucestershire

The Careers in Blue team are incredibly helpful in ALL aspects of applying to the police force.

I would not have been able to pass without their help through workshops, weekly teams meetings and their VERY in-depth Police Recruitment Start to Finish Workbook.

The price of the workshops and the book are massively outweighed by the support that you are given as their guidance and experience is priceless. Thank you very much.

Jake - Humberside Police - New Recruit

Thanks to Jan and Chris for their expert support through the policing application.

From the situational judgment test up to my final interview they made what can be a complicated process easy to understand.

I highly recommend the Careers In Blue Police Recruitment Start to Finish Workbook which is a vital tool for anyone starting the application process. Thanks again!

Alex - awaiting to join Cheshire Police as a Police Officer 

I was made aware of Careers In Blue by a family member and I’m so glad I used them! Chris and Jan are excellent coaches and helped me to pass my Online Assessment Centre. They are so knowledgable and made sure I knew exactly what to expect going into the assessment. The workbooks they provide are also really useful and so much better than any information I found online. I would definitely use Careers In Blue again and recommend them to anyone applying for a career in Policing. Thank you again!

Jasmine – applying for the Degree Holders Entry Programme – Detective Entry

My university provided us with the careers in blue work books and paid Chris and Jan to come in for a few sessions regarding the police recruitment process.

I had personally struggled with the recruitment assessments and had failed both parts previously, however, after having 1 to 1 sessions over teams with Chris and Jan, as well as completing some SIFT practice questions and mock interview questions, I was able to pass with flying colours!

I would highly recommend their service to anyone and would go as far as to say that their input was paramount to me passing my recruitment process.

Lexi - awating start date to join Cumbria Police as Police Officer 

"Chris has a vast amount of experience when it comes to processes / applications and interviews within the Police Service. Her wealth of experience has assisted me greatly over the years in securing jobs within the Police Service when moving to different departments / roles and without Chris assistance I may not have secured such sought-after roles. Thanks Chris."

Carl, a Merseyside Police Officer

"I had not had an interview in 30 years so it is no exaggeration to say that without Jan and her team I would not have got this job, I'd have been a rabbit in the headlights. They talked me through how the interview works, gave me examples of possible questions and gave me instruction in how I should structure my answers with examples. I scored highly and got the job. If you want a Police related job I would highly recommend Jan and her team to get you through."

Chris, a Retired Police Officer applying for a Civilian Intel Post

I used Careers In Blue after previously being unsuccessful at a Final Interview for Merseyside Police last year, despite using what I thought was a similar online company.

Based on that interview experience I knew that Merseyside Police had a more personal interview, reflecting the force, the diverse community it represents and its operations. I knew I needed more help than I was given for my first, unsuccessful interview and someone with Merseyside Police experience would be a bonus.

A few weeks prior to a new interview date I was given Jan’s details. In those short weeks, the coaching was different from other online outlets. This was personal, more reflective of Merseyside Police and during the interview, Jan’s recruitment and interview experience came through.

Having a mock interview beforehand was a fantastic opportunity!

On the day of my interview, I was amazed when everything I was asked about had been covered by Jan and Chris in my Final Interview Course and Mock Interview, there were no surprises and I passed!

If you are applying for any force, Careers In Blue is for you!

Phil, potential new Police Officer

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