Online assessment hints & tips
Please read our hints and tips to help you prepare for the online assessment. Make sure you’re comfortable with all aspects of the assessment before you start.
Tips for completing the personality assessment
✓ There are no right or wrong answers as this is not an ability assessment.
✓ This section is not timed but try not to dwell too long as initial impressions are best.
✓ Think about how you would respond in a work-based environment, but this can include any relevant work experience, project groups or organised activities you have completed (including in an academic environment).
✓ If you are unsure, choose the response that corresponds closest to how you feel.
Tips for completing the week on the Police Now National Detective Programme component
✓ Read the question and possible responses carefully to ensure you understand what is being asked. Don’t assume any prior knowledge of the scenarios presented.
✓ We are not assessing your technical knowledge of policing but this is your opportunity to show us why you would make a fantastic participant on our programme.
✓ Take time before starting the assessment to research the Police Now National Graduate Leadership Programme, our values and our mission. We suggest you also consider your motivations for wanting to be part of our programme and why you think you would make a good neighbourhood police officer – the more you research, the more you’ll be able to convey your knowledge and passion for Police Now.
✓ Please ensure you are in a quiet environment so that you can complete the assessment with no interruptions or distractions. Think about what will help you to feel confident and in the correct frame of mind – have a pen and paper to hand, have a clear and tidy environment around you.
How should I prepare for the video responses?
Part of the ‘week in the life’ will include recording responses to questions via a video. The content of the questions will relate to the scenarios presented and there is no preparation required beforehand.
You will have up to three minutes to review the question and prepare your response, after which time the video will start recording automatically. You will have up to three minutes to record your video.
Before the assessment begins, you will have the opportunity to answer a practice question to ensure that your system is set up correctly and to familiarise yourself with the format.
Tips for completing a video interview
✓ We are interested in your initial reaction to the question, so you won’t be able to re-record your video responses. Use your two minutes of preparation time to think through your answer in advance.
✓ Choose a place to complete the interview that is visually clear and without background noise, movement or other distractions. If you’re using a mobile phone, turn off any sounds and consider diverting calls and notifications.
✓ Make sure you have a stable internet connection and ensure you are familiar with how the microphone and webcam work – remember you can use your mobile device, tablet or computer to complete the assessment.
✓ It can be quite daunting talking to a camera instead of a person but it means we get to know you a lot better.
Navigate through each of the sections to get you familiar with the online assessment process.
Online assessment format
For more information about what’s involved in the online assessment, please read our online assessment format.
Technical guidance and support
To get up to speed with any technical difficulties you could encounter, please read our technical guidance.
Further information and assistance
If you’d like to know more about the online assessment, please follow the link.