Police Officer Recruitment

Whether you are considering if this is a career for you and if it’s the right time to apply, you’ve already applied and have your National Sift, Assessment Centre, or, you are facing your Final Interview, Careers in Blue can give you that ‘edge’.

We will help you understand the process, be prepared to be able to give your best and instilling you with confidence to help you achieve…

For those of you considering whether this demanding, but so rewarding career is for you, Careers In Blue can give you that insight which may help you decide and know if the time is right or if you need to gain some different life experiences which will make your police application so much stronger.

When you are considering an application or applying, our Police Recruitment Start To Finish Workbook, is a great stand alone product which many have used successfully to guide them through the process. Couple it with our Assessment Centre Workshop, to further increase your chances of success. We will ensure you are fully aware how to tackle the National Sift, the Online Assessment Centre, understand each of the stages and know exactly what you need to do to be successful at each one. The system we use to prepare candidates has been tried and tested – successfully! We will ensure that you give yourself the best possible chance to achieve at every stage. Some companies will bombard you with tests and books – we are of the mindset that if you know what is expected of you and have a structure for answering the questions at each stage of your Assessment Centre, you will succeed!

Pass your National Sift and Online Assessment Centre and our fantastic workbook, Police Recruitment Start To Finish Workbook continues to guide you through the Interview stage. Our Final Structured Interview Course can also build your evidence base and knowledge to fully prepare you for the task ahead, ensuring you are filled with inner confidence to have the best chance of success!

Police Recruitment Start to Finish Guide and Workbook

This is our complete guide to Police Recruitment. It is ideal for anyone preparing / applying to be a police officer. It is a simplistic, practical guide and workbook which covers:

  • Pre-application advice and preparation
  • Guidance around application pathways and the new National Sift
  • Online Assessment Centre advice, examples and practical exercises to do in preparation which can be complimented by our Workshop
  • Final Structured Interviews advice, guidance and practical exercises in preparation which can be complimented by our Workshop

Careers In Blue Police Officer (Applicant) Services

Module 1 – Police National Sift Workshop

For those who have applied to a police force, the first hurdle you will face, after submitting an application, is the National Sift. 40% of candidates will fail at this early stage.

Our National Sift Workshop is an hour long. We will explain in full, the 2 parts to the test – The Behavioral Style Questionnaire and the Situational Judgement Tests. We will tell you documents to read which will reinforce our Workshop – we have a pass rate second to none for the National Sift!

During our Workshop, we will give you advice and guidance to equip you to approach the Behavioral Style Questionnaire in the best possible way. We will go through practice questions for the Situational Judgement Test and send you further questions for you to try on your own and then be provided with the answers to see how you did, with explanations for each answer. You will understand the frame of mind you need to be in to give yourself the best possible chance to pass this vital first hurdle.

Module 2 – Interview Workshop (CBI) for the Police Online Assessment Centre

For those who have applied to a police force, after you pass the National Sift, the next assessment you will face, is the computerised Online Assessment Centre. To break each section down into manageable chunks, we have developed 3 separate workshops to tackle each part of this – the Competency Based 5 x Interview questions (CBI) (Module 2) , the Written Exercise (Module 3) and the Briefing Exercise (Module 4)

Our Interview Workshop is an hour long. We will explain in full, what you will face, how to prepare for it and tactics to use to answer each question successfully!

During our Workshop, we will give you advice and guidance to equip you to approach the 5 interview questions of the Competency Based Interview (CBI) in the best possible way. We will go through our STORY format to help you convert life experience into evidence. You will understand how to prepare and practice so you stand the best chance of scoring high and passing the Interview part easily!

Module 3 – Written Exercise Workshop for the Police Online Assessment Centre

For those who have applied to a police force, after you pass the National Sift, the next assessment you will face, is the computerised Online Assessment Centre. To break each section down into manageable chunks, we have developed 3 separate workshops to tackle each part of this – the Competency Based 5 x Interview questions (CBI) (Module 2) , the Written Exercise (Module 3) and the Briefing Exercise (Module 4)

Our Written Exercise Workshop is an hour long. We will explain in full, what you will face, how to prepare for it and tactics to use to answer it and create your policing plan to tackle a local crime issue

During our Workshop, we will give you advice and guidance to equip you to think outside the box, answering fully with lots of creativity and leadership demonstrated. You will understand how to prepare and practice, whatever the scenario, so you stand the best chance of scoring high and passing the Written Exercise easily!

Module 4 – Briefing Exercise Workshop for the Police Online Assessment Centre

For those who have applied to a police force, after you pass the National Sift, the next assessment you will face, is the 3 part Online Assessment Centre. To break each section down into manageable chunks, we have developed 3 separate workshops to tackle each part – the Competency Based Interview – 5 questions (CBI) (Module 2), the Written Exercise (Module 3) and the Briefing Exercise (Module 4)

The Briefing Exercise is usually a ‘Live Time’ scenario, you will be expected to assess and decide a course of action. Circumstances may change and you will be asked if it alters your decision making.

Our Briefing Exercise Workshop is an hour long. We will explain in full, what you will face, how to prepare for it and tactics to use to answer it. We will go through potential scenarios previously used, concerns you will encounter and tactics to give full and comprehensive answers to the questions you will be asked.

During our Workshop, we will give you advice and guidance to equip you to think outside the box, answering fully with lots of creativity and leadership demonstrated. You will understand how to prepare and practice, whatever the scenario, so you stand the best chance of scoring high and passing the Written Exercise easily!

Online Assessment Centre Workshop (Full Course)

If you’d like to do our Online Assessment Centre Workshop (3 hour workshop) in one go, due to time constraints or by choice, this is the package for you – we will take you step by step through everything you need to do to prepare yourself for the Online Assessment Centre. 

It explains each stage of the Online Assessment Centre, covering each aspect you will be tested on, with questions, scenario’s and examples for you to work through, ensuring you understand what’s expected of you at each stage.

Couple it with our Police Recruitment Start To Finish workbook (available separately) which reinforces learning points and goes through practical examples to ensure you couldn’t be any better prepared and full of confidence for your Assessment Centre.

Police Final Interview Course

For Police Forces that have this extra stage, for many candidates, this can be a daunting and testing time.

Our Final 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.

It’s a 3 hour session and will gradually build on your knowledge base, covering varying subjects you will most likely be questioned about. We explain what is involved in a Structured Interview, discuss the Competency Value Framework and how you can fully prepare, being able to understand and answer questions in a structured way.

Couple it with our Police Recruitment Start To Finish, you can’t be any better prepared!

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

One to One 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.

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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