Prepare for Met Police Graduate Scheme, SJT, Numerical and Verbal Tests

Are you a graduate applying for the Metropolitan Police Graduate Entry Programme 2015? The application process contains a number of challenging time limited stages, designed to recruit only the best graduates to the Metropolitan Police. This article will take you through each stage of the recruitment process and the resources available to prepare for each stage.
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The Met Police Graduate Development Programme is the Metropolitan Police’s graduate scheme. It was started in 2012, offering a three year course to university graduates, giving them exposure to the full range of police service delivery. Running alongside this scheme is an Accelerated Graduate Development Programme, designed to produce the police leaders of the future over three years.

The application process for the Met Police graduate scheme contains a number of different stages. Each stage is time limited, and you have to pass each stage in order to move on to the next one. The stages are designed to challenge you.

The stages of the application process are:

Met Police Graduate Scheme Registration

The first step in the Metropolitan Police graduate recruitment process is to register your interest, and answer the questions in the realistic job preview and eligibility assessment. Registration involves you filling in your details including your name, address, driving license details, and National Insurance number.

The purpose of the realistic job preview is to give you a picture of what it is like to be a Metropolitan Police Officer, and whether it is the right job for you. There is no right or wrong answer, but at the end of the test you are given an overall rating of your suitability to the role of police officer, based on your responses.

The eligibility assessment determines whether you meet the basic eligibility requirements to become a Police Officer and to obtain a place on the Met Police graduate scheme. Although they are not assessed at this stage, your eligibility will be checked through your evidence later on in the recruitment process so be truthful at this stage.

You have to satisfy the following criteria in order to progress through the Met Police Officer recruitment process:

  • British national or permanent resident of the UK.
  • Age - to be a Police Officer you must be between 18 and 57 at the time of applying.
  • Relationship with the law, including any previous criminal convictions.
  • You must have a sound financial status, never have been declared bankrupt or have CCJs.
  • You must not be involved with the BNP or similar organisations.
  • There are restrictions on political activity whilst active as a policeman.
  • There are restrictions on tattoos.
  • You must have a certain level of eyesight both with and without glasses or contact lenses.
  • You must comply with the fitness demands of the job.
  • You can only apply to one police force at a time.

In this test you are asked to give your response to several situations. The aim of this exercise is to assess your way of working and suitability to work with the police. The questions will ask you about similar situations but with different members of the public, and how you would respond to them. For example, how you would treat a 80 year old woman or a 18 year old boy. This test will look at your behaviour against the competencies required of a police officer, so make sure you review the competencies in advance.

Metropolitan Police Competencies

  • Personal responsibility - you take responsibility for your actions and decisions.
  • Customer and community focus - you are focussed on your customers, and aware of the needs of different people.
  • Problem solving - you think about and come up with solutions to situations.
  • Teamwork - you work well with others, and take a part in helping the team work more effectively.
  • Effective communication - you are able to communicate with a whole range of people, both verbally and in writing.
  • Respect for diversity - you can work with the many communities in London.

Met Police Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

Situational judgement tests assess how you respond to a given situation. You are given a scenario and a number of different possible responses, from which you need to choose the best and worst solution. The situations you will be given are likely to scenarios you could face in your day to day life as a police officer. The responses looked for are based on the values of the Metropolitan Police, and the required competencies. Practicing situational judgement tests will enable you to gain confidence in your responses and trust your instincts. You can practice Situational Judgement Test with JobTestPrep.

London Factor Assessment

This test is unique to the Metropolitan Police selection process. It is designed to get a feel for how you respond to the problems confronting Metropolitan Police Officers. In this test you are given a set of statements, and asked to choose which one is most like you.

Metropolitan Police Graduate Scheme Application Form

If you pass all the tests in the previous stage, you will be asked to complete an application form. The application form is a standard form asking you for factual information such as name, address, education, any former work experience. The responses on your form will be assessed alongside the eligibility criteria.

Metropolitan Police Graduate Scheme Day 1 Assessment

The next stage of the application process is the Day 1 assessment day, which follows the national recruitment process. In this assessment day you will face:

MPS Police Officer Graduate Entry Programme Assessment Centre

Applicants for the Metropolitan Police Graduate Scheme will now have an one day assessment at the National Assessment Centre with the College of Policing at Bramshill in Hampshire.

These four exercises are:

  • An interactive exercise simulating a work-based meeting - find out more about taking part in a role playing exercise on our website.
  • Giving over an oral briefing - get tips for a case study with JobTestPrep.
  • A structured interview - it may be some time since your last interview, so remember to research the scheme and the Metropolitan Police, review your application form, and brush up on your interview technique. You can get some more interview tips from JobTestPrep with our online interview preparation package.
  • Presentation - learn some helpful tips about giving presentations with our blog entry.

Find out more about the National Assessment Centre on our dedicated page.

In Summary

The top performing applicants in graduate assessment centre will be invited to the Police Accelerated Promotion Assessment Centre. Applicants who have not done well enough for the accelerated programme, but have done well enough to be offered a place on the scheme will be offered a place subject to their fitness test (Day 2 assessment centre), and health checks, and finally satisfactory references and a security check. The recruitment process for this is long, it can take more than six months, and each stage is a challenge. You will want to do your best throughout the process, and this article has been designed to help you do so. We hope you have found it useful, and good luck!

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