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VicarInaBooTu Fri 02-Oct-09 17:58:24

ive got the police assessment centre coming up next week, i am so nervous.

one of the things i'll be doing is the structured interview - its the first thing ive got on the day, followed by the written tests, then the interactive role plays then the PIR tests last - the competencies i have to demonstrate at interview are:

team working
respect for race and diversity
problem solving

i am literally living and breathing this and will be so glad when its over - im trying desperately to think of several examples i can call upon to demonstrate my abilities...(or lack of, lol)
ive got some good examples, ive got a special needs son, and am a special constable, but i cannot think of a good team working example - ive never been a cog in a wheel and mostly have worked alone.
im thinking of an example but am worried its a bit weak, what sort of team working eg will they need? i answered the application form with one about stock taking....not sure if i need a new one for the interview?

everything depends on this one day and im sick with nerves - and im normally really ok with interviews etc, but am so scared! I have some good examples of everything else but the more i think about team working the more i cant think of anything at all....and i cant even start to think about the interactive role plays...

any serving bobbies got any tips? please!

slimeoncrazydemon Fri 02-Oct-09 18:34:23

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VicarInaBooTu Fri 02-Oct-09 18:41:33

ooooo shiney that would be fab - (nepotism but fab!)

no seriously - i strongly suspect this is my calling. i just dont want to cock it up on the day...

ive got some pretty good ideas/answers for the interview questions(except that team work one!) and i can usually talk the hind leg off a donkey so im hoping i dont dry up or waffle...

the role plays are scaring me to death - it seems so false - yet dealing with people is normally my forte - just am scared ill let the nerves get to me and go blank. i just want it to be over! <wails>

slimeoncrazydemon Fri 02-Oct-09 18:44:55

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VicarInaBooTu Fri 02-Oct-09 18:49:48

cheers slimey! (love the scary name btw!)

chimchar Fri 02-Oct-09 19:03:18

i'm not a police person but wondered if my musings might help?

re team work...i'm sure its fine to say that you're not hugely experienced in working in a large team, but you are part of a family who work well together.. does your sons sn mean you work with health profs eg..speech therapist? physio? his teachers/carers/ta? its not team work as such, but is being very involved working with people towards the one same happy outcome ie the well being of your son?

i too am very much a people person who deals with all sorts that comes my way....but in role play? i'm rubbish! i guess it may not be so bad doing it with other people you don't know?

good luck!

VicarInaBooTu Fri 02-Oct-09 19:54:00

actually chimchar that might be ok - yes i had to work with lots of other professionals with regards to my sons SN, all for one common goal - so i guess that could work?

or i could use an eg. about when i had to stay late at work with some other volunteers to do a stock take after a buy out.

or i could use an eg. about my current boss running his shops on a skeleton staff for the last few months so weve all had to pull together, take on more hours and responsibility...

not sure which one i should focus on for the best outcome.

VicarInaBooTu Fri 02-Oct-09 22:14:03

slimey (lol loving the halloween names thing)

did you manage to get any tips for me? im trying to tell myself ill be ok and it doesnt matter if i fall on my arse

(but of course it does! cos ill make a fab copper! grin)

hormonalmum Mon 05-Oct-09 22:13:28

I'm not in the police but know a few serving and ex officers.

Do you have any hand overs that rely on your information for successful prosecution / case loads?

Sorry, do not know much about special officers, so do not know if this is relevant.

GhostWriter Mon 05-Oct-09 22:19:30

My dh is a police officer and was in a right old state about the assessment centre. He got himself so wound up that on the day he had a terrible migraine. He had to excuse himself several times, including during an interview to vomit.

He got in.

VicarInaBooTu Tue 06-Oct-09 21:58:58

i cant relax at all about it - im even dreaming about it.
only a few days to go then i can forget about it. i think im overthinking it tbh....

hormonalmum ive never done a handover package as yet - i wish i had now as id have used that as an example - bit late now! (unless i get the uniform on and run out and arrest someone! now! )

VicarInaBooTu Thu 08-Oct-09 15:56:12


am i glad thats over!

now ive just got to stop myself going over and over and over it until i convince myself i failed.
which im already doing....

i had to take nurofen half way through as my head felt like it was gonna explode! am now planning do absolutely nothing for the rest of the day.
except chill.

hormonalmum Sat 17-Oct-09 21:53:30

Any news yet Vicar?

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