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Formal Interview

 

Formal Interview

At this point you’ll attend a formal interview with a Selection Specialist who will be looking for qualities essential for Police Officers.

You’ll need to tell us about times when you've worked well with others, solved problems, communicated clearly and completed tasks. You'll also be asked to describe the situation, your actions, and the results in each case. You can use examples from work or outside work.

We’ll also be asking questions that determine whether you have the same values as NZ Police. Think about the unique skills and experience you would bring to the role - perhaps you speak another language or have been involved in community work.

Handy interview tips

  • The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be.
  • Consider the opportunities and experiences you’ve had that show your competencies. Have at least three examples you can talk about in detail.
  • Think about the reasons why you want to become a Police Officer.
  • Identify your relevant skills, key accomplishments, work-style, personal and professional strengths and weaknesses.
  • Write down any questions you’d like to ask us. 

It’s important for you to have well-rounded computer skills.

After you complete your formal interview you’ll be sent a link to complete your typing test. This will be a 10 minute copy-typing test, which you'll need to complete on a computer or laptop with a keyboard. The minimum typing speed is 25 words a minute.