Police Final Interview Pass Rate: How To Impress The Assessors

Pass the Police Selection Process

What is the Police Officer Final interview pass rate?

This is a question we get asked time and again at How2Become.com and in this blog we will aim to answer it for you.

However, before we disclose what we believe to be the pass rate for the police officer final interview, let’s take a look at what this stage of the police selection process, involves, some sample questions and tips on how to prepare effectively.


The police final interview is designed to give police force’s a more thorough look into you, your qualities, attributes and whether or not you can deliver the aims and objectives of the service you are applying to join.

On that basis, the police final interview pass rate is higher than those who attend the National Police Officer Assessment Centre, simply because the filtering process is almost complete. In a nutshell, if you have made it to this stage of the process, you have a good chance of passing.

If you have previously failed the Police Final Interview we are certain that these top tips will help prepare you for success.


The best way to prepare for this part of the police officer selection process is to:

1. Revisit the police officer core competencies

Before you attend the interview, make sure you have new examples of how you match every single one of the police core competencies. For example, in the following video, police recruitment expert Richard McMunn gives you some tips on the types of questions to prepare, and have answers ready for:

2. Why do you want to join the police and become a police officer?

During the interview, there is a chance you will be asked general motivational questions, including:

  • Why so you want to become a police officer?
  • Why do you want to join this police force?
  • What are the qualities of a police officer?
  • What have you been doing to get police fit?
  • What experience do you have of working in the community?
  • When have you worked as part of a team?
  • What are the priorities of this police force?
  • How would you deal with a difficult member of the public?

You will notice that the above interview questions are different to that of the assessment centre, and on that basis, these will give the police interview panel a more detailed insight into you and your personality.

Police Assessment Centre Course


We believe that, on average, every third person who attends the final interview will be successful. That makes the pass rate, in our opinion, 30%. Of course, on any given day that pass rate can change and it is all very much dependent on how you answer the questions.

It is our strong belief that, if you prepare fully, you will pass.

However, if you are looking for the police final interview pass mark, as opposed to the pass rate, we understand it to be around the 70% mark.


So, now we have disclosed our views on the police final interview pass rate and pass mark, let’s close this blog with some sample questions, answers and tips for helping you succeed.

QUESTION 1 – Why do you want to become a police officer?

TIPS: When answering this question, make sure you focus on providing details on how you match the assessable core competencies. Here’s a great answer for this question:

“Having studied the job description for a police officer, and read in detail the police officer core competencies, I believe I already have the skills and attributes required to perform the role to a high standard. I also have some experience of working within the community, and on that basis, I believe I can deliver an exceptional service to society and help it become a more educated and safer place to live.”

QUESTION 2 – Why do you want to join this police force?

TIPS: When answering this question, focus on what you already know about the community and, in particular what the police force have been doing to make it a safer place to live and work:

“I have been reading and studying your website often and have been impressed with the work you do within the community. I am also impressed with the work you have done with other stakeholders and how you collaborate with them to achieve your goals to reduce crime. Whilst I would look forward to carrying out general day-to-day policing duties, I would also enjoy the proactive work on educating the public and making it a safer place to live and work. I understand your police force is extremely proactive in this area and this is something I feel I can contribute positively to.”

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The good news is, you shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out the results of your police final interview. More often than not, the police force will let you know the following day, or usually at the very latest, within a week! This is great news because you don’t have to wait too long before finding out whether or not you have been successful.

If you are unsuccessful, most police forces will not let you apply again for 6 months. Whilst this may feel like a blow, try to obtain some feedback from the police force as to why you failed and what you can do to prepare better for next time.

To find out how to pass first time using police final interview tips, check out our book below:

Police Officer Final Interview Questions & Answers

29 thoughts on “Police Final Interview Pass Rate: How To Impress The Assessors

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      We believe that yes, the police can provide you with feedback on how you got on. If you request this, they should be able to send it to you.


      The How2Become Team

  1. Ellie says:

    Hi I am soon to receive a date for my final interview for Durham, should I also expect questions similar to those of the previous selection process as well as general motivational questions?

  2. Dav3 says:

    Just got my email to say I have passed the online assessments etc for pcda.. I thought they would be put off with me being 40 but apparently not..
    Just got the final interview now (and I’ve got plenty of experience in job interviews so not lacking confidence)

    • Dav3yboi says:

      Had my final interview on Tuesday… just waiting to hear if it’s a yay or nay..
      Your videos have been no end of help and I ordered 2 of your books too 👍👍
      Thank you whatever happens

      • Dav3yboi says:

        I passed my interview and got the conditional offer😃
        I’ve got my fitness test on the 2nd December and my medical on 3rd December..
        The products on here work guys!

  3. Daniel Dunne says:

    I failed the interview stage after I missed an attachment on the email, thus losing out on potential marks. I’m sure there were other marks I’ve missed but I was surprised they wouldn’t give me any feedback, it was a simple you haven’t passed and try again in 6 months. Should I push them for feedback?

    • Andy Bosworth says:

      It could be possible, due to the number of candidates to assess. Was the interview an in-force or the online competency based interview (part of the online assessment process?

  4. Laurie simpson says:

    I passed assesment centre with a 5 a 4 and a 3 and had my final interview on 12th January. This went well and I also did 2 micro exercises which included some online role-playing. I was sure I did well. 4 weeks later not heard anything from NYP, so I badger them with 5 e mails to get a response that I was unsuccessful but my assessment centre pass will stand for a year and please re apply next time. I can’t help feeling that something has gone wrong with the process as its taken 5 weeks to fail me! Disappointed and wonder how I can get feedback

    • Andy Bosworth says:

      Hi Laurie,

      I am really sorry to hear you were unsuccessful this time. You could try reaching out to NYP recruitment team to ask for feedback and express your concerns.

  5. Thomas Birkinshaw says:

    Just completed my Interview with NYP and its been 5 days since it took place and its now coming into the weekend, does anyone know what the timeframe is as to when I will know if I passed? Thanks!

    • Andy Bosworth says:

      Hi Thomas, This would depend on the number of candidates they have to process. Have you checked the FAQs on the forces website? As this may state how long you may have to wait.

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