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Various South African Police Service Testing

As part of your hiring process, you will likely encounter a personality, cognitive, numerical, verbal and abstract test. Each of these examinations measures your abilities, allowing SAPS to cypher if you would be a good fit for policing. For example, in the verbal exam, you will be analysed by your verbal comprehension and how well you process written information. On the numerical side, your evaluation and calculation skills will be put to the test. Abstract tests measure your lateral thinking skills. By the quickness of identifying patterns dictates how well you solve problems.


South African Police Service Hiring Process

While SAPS' recruitment process is straightforward, it can take time to complete. The application process is broken down into several parts which include assessment centres, written examinations, personality assessments, role-playing, and more. Below is a breakdown of how to become an officer:

  • CV Submission: The first step in SAPS application process is to check your eligible their main website. Note: be sure to check the deadline of the forms. SAPS only hires a few times of year.
  • Pre-Employment Telephone Screening: After you have applied, it is likely that you will receive a telephone call. In this call, you will be asked questions based on your background and personality. The HR personnel is simply trying to figure out if you line-up well with the department.
  • Assessment Centre: Most people are interviewed via assessment centres rather than personal interviews - however, they are touched upon during the assessment centre event. During the interview section, you likely will be interviewed by a panel of people both solo and with other candidates. During the day, you will be asked to take various tests, role-play and more. Good luck!
  • Other Test: At some point during your SAPS application process, you will be asked to give a medical background. You will also be asked to give a neighbourhood reference list and take a fitness test.

South African Police Service Interview Questions

Below are a few SAPS interview question examples:

  • How do you deal with conflict?
  • What’s better, following the rules, or keeping the peace? Give an example.
  • How will your professional background contribute to our vision here?

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