Online Assessment

Date published: 28 October 2019 14:09

Stage One – Online Assessment

The start of the recruitment process will be completing the online assessment tool.  It is important that you are open and honest with your responses so that you gain the most benefit from the questions.  The online assessment will be divided into three elements.

The first element comprises applicant registration, a realistic job preview and eligibility assessment.  The second element is a behavioural styles questionnaire and the third element is a situational judgement test.

Access to the online assessment for each stage can be made at any time for each element and from any location that has internet access.

The system is designed to enable you to complete each element of the online process without timing you out.  We recommend  you complete each element in one sitting. While the online tool remains open, you can take the assessment at any time during that period.  If however, you do not allow yourself enough time before the closing deadline, you will not be able to complete your application.

If you have a query before contacting us, please ensure that you have read this document carefully and you have followed all the on-line instructions.

Due to the expected volume of applications, we will not be able to answer telephone calls. However, we will aim to respond to emails within 48 hours if you have a query.

The online assessment tool consists of:

Element one:


This is where you enter your personal details such as your full name, full residential address, driving licence details, your national insurance number and qualifications.  You will be required to provide proof of these details later on in the application process.

Realistic Job Preview Questionnaire

The purpose of this section is to give you a real view of what it is like to undertake the work of a police officer and decide whether or not it is right for you.  You will be asked to give your open and honest responses to different situations.  There is no right or wrong answer.  At the end of the questionnaire, the system will give you an overall rating of your suitability for the role of police officer based on your responses.  You can then make a decision if you would like to continue with your application.

Eligibility Screen

This screen checks your eligibility in line with the national recruitment standards.  You will be advised at the end of the questionnaire if you have met all the eligibility criteria and are then able to progress to the behavioural styles questionnaire.  If you are referred as a result of any of your answers, a member of the recruitment team will contact to let you know the outcome.

Element two:

Behavioural Styles Questionnaire

This questionnaire invites you to review a number of statements and indicate which statement you completely agree with or completely disagree with on a sliding scale.  In order to progress to the next stage, you must pass the behavioural styles questionnaire.  At the end of this questionnaire, you will be provided with a feedback report and if you are successful, you will then be invited to complete the situational judgement test.

Element three:

Situational Judgement Test

If you have passed the behavioural styles questionnaire, you will be asked to complete the situational judgement test.  This is the final stage of the online process.  You will be presented with a number of different situations that you might face as a police officer with a choice of different actions that might be taken.  You will be asked to identify which action will result in an effective or counterproductive outcome.  At the end of this questionnaire, you will be provided with a feedback report and if you are successful, you will then be invited to complete an application form.