Selection Panel Interview Tip At The Top


Victoria Police and PSO applicants preparing themselves for the selection panel interview need to provide good quality evidence, from their own life experiences, that demonstrates their ability to meet the Police Force’s Key Performance Indicators. In this video, we talk about where we might be able to find some of the best evidence so that we not only pass the selection panel interview but, make a really good impression in the process!

The Selection Panel Interview is such an important step in the application process to join Victoria Police that for applicants who are not fully prepared for the interview it could be the last step they take before the end of the road.

As we drum on about in our Selection Panel Interview course, our objective is not to pass the interview, rather we must make a good impression and pass so well that we push ourselves towards the top of the order of merit. Anything less reduces our chances of “getting in” dramatically, especially given the numbers of applicants far outweighs the positions available.

When we’re coming up with evidence to demonstrate that we meet the key performance indicators we need to try and come up with the best answer to fit the point. This is regardless of whether the evidence relates to a personal situation or a professional one. The best answer available is the first point. Of course, the best answer will be one which relates directly to the KPI in question. But, how do we boost the ‘power’ of our answers? Well, let’s have a look at criteria that can help increase the power of your answers.

If you’re able to find life experiences that come from any of the following areas, you’re well on our way to not just meeting the required standard, but exceeding it, and that’s what we’re all about!

Can you find examples from these areas?

  • have you experienced international travel
  • can you speak a second language
  • have you worked with people with disability
  • have you worked in aged care
  • have you done any volunteer work
  • have you achieved something really outstanding, may be representing your country for example

These are the types of life experiences that not all Victoria Police applicants can draw on. If you can, you need to make use of them as they’re likely to carry more weight than -“the time you worked at Coles as a ‘checkout chick” (no disrespect intended).

Use this checklist to see if you can improve the quality of your examples. It’s so important that we exceed the panel’s expectations, We must do if we want to stand out from the crowd!

About the Author

Russell Kempster

Russell Kempster

Russ spent 12 years as a police officer with Victoria Police. The last four years of that time was spent at the Victoria Police Academy as an instructor, where he taught everything from fitness to firearms. He has trained police applicants, as well as recruits undergoing their initial training, experienced serving police officers and was even called on by Victoria Police to help train other would-be police academy instructors.

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