As part of the recruiting process, you will need to participate in a formal panel interview.
You will be required to attend for at least one hour on the day of your interview.
Interviews are conducted by a panel consisting of a police officer and a representative of the community. The interview is structured and you will be asked a series of pre-determined questions based on the selection criteria to ensure a consistent form of assessment.
The interview will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your merit for each selection criteria using your level of life experience, employment skills, community involvement, communication and interpersonal skills, and overall personal suitability to undertake General Duties policing.
The following document will assist in preparation for your interview, and should be read thoroughly:
Prior to attending the panel interview, it is recommended that you research the role of a Queensland police officer. To gain an appreciation of this role, it is suggested that you also speak to several police officers.
The following document has been included to provide you with an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a General Duties police officer.
For your interview, you will be given the questions 10 minutes in advance to prepare responses, which will then be followed by your 30 minute interview. It is an interactive session and additional questions may be asked by members of the panel to explore issues raised.
At the time of interview you are required to provide the following:
Two copies of your resume outlining your employment and education history
- The original document and a photocopy of each of the following (if applicable):
- Birth Certificate
- Driver Licence (front and back of licence)
- Change of Name Documentation (e.g. Name Registration/Deed Poll, Marriage Certificate, Decree Nisi/Divorce) if you are now known by a name other than what is recorded on your birth certificate
- Certificate of Australian Citizenship if you were not born in Australia
- Evidence of Residency Status if you are not an Australian Citizen
- Senior Certificate if you have less than three years full-time paid employment
- Any tertiary qualifications you have attained.
Tips for your panel interview
Ensure that you have prepared yourself well in advance for the interview by doing your “homework” on the key requirements and responsibilities of a General Duties police officer. One of the best methods of gaining information is talking to police officers to find out what they do.
It is also important to research and understand the requirements of training at the police academy.
Arrive at your interview on time.
Prepare specific behavioural examples that demonstrate how you fulfil each of the essential and key selection criteria. It is useful to use the STAR method when providing examples by describing the Situation, Task, Action and Result. Remember, the aim of the interview is to illustrate your understanding of the policing role and your capabilities across each essential and key selection criteria in this area.
Relax and be yourself.
Be straightforward and honest.
Listen carefully, answer clearly and concisely, and ask for clarification if necessary.
Present yourself in a positive and enthusiastic manner.
Volunteer or present information/documentation supporting your case.
Keep to the point and avoid the temptation to over elaborate, but also ensure you fully answer the questions.
Be attentive and interested throughout.
Maintain eye contact with the interviewers.
Body language is important, sit up straight, don't fold arms or lay back.
Avoid talking about any personal problems that are not relevant to the selection criteria.
Don't swear or use slang language.
Don't criticise previous employers. The interview is not about their shortcomings, but your suitability for employment as a police recruit.
Project yourself - show the real you.