Is your social profile affecting your Police application?

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As part of your Police application, you can bet that your social profile will be looked at to help determine your suitability as part of the application process. In this episode, we take a look at how you can ensure your social profile doesn’t derail your applicant profile.

In This Episode

00:18 – Your application forms a profile
00:46 – What about your online profile?
01:25 – Make your social and application profiles consistent
02:44 – You should expect a thorough assessment of your character

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Transcription

Hi. It’s Russell here from Prime Motion Training. I wanted to chat with you about your Victoria Police applicant profile. More importantly, I want to focus on the other profile that could potentially derail your application.

00:18 – Your application forms a profile

When you apply to join an organization like Victoria Police, you’ll submit an application. The information contained in that application will help Victoria Police to form a picture of you or a profile of you as an applicant. Are you suitable or not suitable?

Now, we know there’s a number of other assessments that will come into play such as:

  • entrance exams
  • video interviews
  • fitness
  • psychological testing
  • panel interview

All of these other elements will, of course, add to that picture of you as an applicant.

00:46 – What about your online profile?

Now, in the background, there are other assessments underway. One of those assessments is the other profile that I wanted to chat with you about today. That is your online profile.

We do so much online these days. We’ll pay bills online. We’ll order products and services online. We communicate. We socialize online. All of these things will help to form a picture or a profile of us as a person.

Putting aside any application for the moment. Big companies will use that information to try and sell you products and services based on the profile that is created through your online activities.

01:25 – Make your social and application profiles consistent

Now, for me, it’s important to make sure that you’re conscious as an applicant to try to join Victoria Police that your applicant profile is consistent with your online profile.

Naturally, you’re going to present yourself in your application in the most positive light that you can. Your online profile is raw. It’s honest. It’s real. It’s not done in a way that’s to catch someone’s eye for a job or anything like that. It’s natural. It’s just you being you.

That can cause you to come on stuck. It could derail your application if what you present in your online picture or profile is inconsistent with what you’re claiming to be in a job application.

Obviously, your character, your behaviour, your maturity level, the activities that you get yourself involved in, groups that you might be involved in. Particularly in a social setting, photographs and video images of you having a good time or doing whatever it is that you do in your social activities. Those things need to represent you well.

The challenge for you now is to have a quick look at your online profile and just compare that with the application profile that you’re trying to present to Victoria Police. If it’s not consistent, if there are some potential issues there, you might want to resolve those as quickly as you can.

02:44 – You should expect a thorough assessment of your character

Overall, Victoria Police is going to be very thorough in assessing you as an applicant to make sure they’re getting someone worthy of the position and someone who is suited to the position, who has the qualities and attributes and the values that are consistent with those possessed or held by Victoria Police.

All right. Well, I hope you found that helpful. I look forward to chatting to you again in another discussion soon.

Kind regards,

Russell Kempster
Russell Kempster
Founder and Head Trainer, Prime Motion Training

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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