Metropolitan Police Experienced Officer Assessment and Interview Preparation

Are you looking to join the Metropolitan Police from another force? The MET Police occasionally recruit experienced and specialist officers to join them. If this is something you want, you will need to make your application the best it can be to beat the rest of the competition. This article describes the recruitment process stage by stage.
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The Metropolitan Police is the largest police force in the UK, covering 32 boroughs of London. Whilst most recruitment is for new police officers, the force will occasionally look for experienced or specialist police officers to join the force if there is a vacancy. There are any number of police officers looking to move to London, and competition for places can be high. You must prepare ahead of each stage of the recruitment process in order to be at the top of your game. Applicants must be confident they meet the eligibility criteria for the MET Police before they apply for a position.

Selection process:

Metropolitan Police Application Form

The first stage of application to the Metropolitan Police is to complete the application form, and submit it the following: photos of any tattoos; a copy of your current Performance Development Review; or a line manager’s written reference.

Telephone Interview

If your application form passess the initial eligibility sift, you will be invited to participate in a telephone interview. This interview asks you about your application to join the MET Police, as well as questions about MET related issues. You cannot move through to the next stage if you do not have a good enough telephone interview. Ahead of the interview, research the Metropolitan Police and some of the key areas of service, and what makes them unique. Also review your application form, and prepare examples that you can use to illustrate your answers. And finally the best preparation for an interview is to sit another interview. If you don’t have anything coming up, have a mock interview. With JobTestPrep’s Skype based interview service, you can have your mock interview, and gain valuable feedback to take into the interview itself.

Metropolitan Police Interview

If you are successful at the telephone interview, you will be invited in for an interview. The interview is based on the Metropolitan Police Framework, including MPS values. The interview will be competency based, usually based on the criteria for the specific role you are applying for.

The competencies in the Metropolitan Police Framework are:

  • Personal responsibility - for your actions and decisions.
  • Customer & community focus - aware of the needs of different people.
  • Teamwork - working with others and effective teamwork.
  • Respect for diversity - provide service to the different communities in London.
  • Effective communication - with people from all parts of life, both verbally and in writing.

Some time may have passed between your telephone interview and this interview, so don’t forget to review your application, your research on the MET Police, and of course your interview skills. See how JobTestPrep’s online interview preparation pack can help you with your interview skills.

Next Steps

If you are considered further, following the interview, you will be invited to a job related fitness test, and medical, and following success at that, the final stage is the security and references check.

In Summary

The Metropolitan Police do not recruit experienced officers very often, only when there are vacancies they feel are not suitable to be filled by a new recruit. As a result, if you want to move to London, you must take advantage of the opportunity when you see it. This article has set out the recruitment process you can expect, and highlighted some resources available to help you succeed at interview. We hope you have found this article useful, and good luck.

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