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Race and Diversity : Application Form Vs Interview

Despite popular belief, the Race and Diversity answer in your application form, will NOT be a suitable answer for the assessment centre competency interview. Think about this logically…If you have already passed the application form and demonstrated a suitable answer for this competency, why on earth would they ask you the same question at assessment centre? It’s absolutely pointless and a waste of time!

There are two types of Race and Diversity questions:

a) A time when you challenged someone using inappropriate behaviour, and

b) A time when you adapted your behaviour so not to cause offence to someone even though they had differing views to yourself.

Question b, requires a completely different set of behaviours. This is all about being able to adapt your own behaviour, to be sensitive to another persons views/beliefs, even though they differed from your own…

So what type of question do you think is coming up in the police officer assessment centre? The same applies for the role of PCSO, only the questions are in reverse order.

Passing the police assessment centre is a very difficult process. It requires you to evidence set behaviours, in other words ask the right questions and make the right statements. If you want to ensure success, run police assessment centre courses in group format and they also offer one to one police assessment centre coaching.

By David Vidgen

This article has been written by former police recruitment manager. David was responsible for overseeing all police recruitment marketing including assessment centre practice days, recruitment website, adverts and recruitment fairs