The BORDER FORCE RECRUITMENT Process
The selection process to become a border force officer will normally consist of the following elements:
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
APPLICATION & CV
HOW TO JOIN THE UK BORDER FORCE
So, how do you join the UK Border Force?
Initially, you will have to register your interest and complete a basic online application form via the Home Office website.
It is worth noting at this early stage that the recruitment process to join the Border Force is thorough and lengthy. This is purposely designed in this way, to ensure that only the most committed and strongest applicants apply.
The role of a Border Force Officer is a highly rewarding exciting and sought-after career. The tasks you could undertake will be extremely varied, from checking passengers arriving in the UK, from the various airports or sea ports to being part of complex operations to detect illegal items entering the UK.
However, as with many similar rewarding roles of this nature, the competition for vacancies is fierce, so you will have to prepare comprehensively to have any chance of success. The Border Force will only accept the very best applicants and demand that you display the values and core skills which are required of all border force employees.
THE BORDER FORCE ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Once you have completed your basic online application to become a border force officer you will then be invited to complete a Verbal Reasoning test. If you are successful with this test you will be then invited to complete the next assessment, the Situational Judgement Test. If you are successful with this test you will then be invited to complete your full application.
Please note: you have to pass both of these assessments in order for your application to be progressed to the next stage.
Below we’ve provided you with some sample Border Force verbal reasoning and situational judgement test questions in order to help you prepare for this stage.
SAMPLE BORDER OFFICER TEST QUESTIONS
BORDER FORCE APPLICATION FORM & CV
Your full application will require you to submit a CV detailing your employment history, qualifications and any relevant experiences. Be sure to tailor your CV to the role of a border force officer as this will show the organisation, that you want to work for them, as opposed to just having a job.
You will also be required to submit a personal statement answering a question based around the Civil Service success profiles behaviours ‘Making Effective Decisions’.
In order to create a successful application you will need to communicate the following:
- An understanding of the success profiles and values required to join the UK border force;
- Your ability to meet the minimum eligibility criteria;
- An understanding of rules and instructions;
- Strong attention to detail.
THE BORDER FORCE INTERVIEW
The next stage of the recruitment process is the Border Force interview. During the interview you will be assessed against two different types of interview questions; behavioural and strength-based questions.
Before we dive into the all-important interview questions, we should also not forget about interview etiquette and technique. This is also as vital to your success as much as responding correctly to the interview questions.
You will be assessed from the moment you enter the interview room. It is vital that you create a good first impression, you will only get one chance to do this, so be prepared!
When responding to these questions ensure you have a sound knowledge of the person specification, and also the Civil Service strengths dictionary, especially the strengths mapped to the behaviours;
- Making effective decisions;
- Working together;
- Delivering at pace;
- Communicating and influencing.
Sample BORDER FORCE OFFICER Interview Question
Q. “Tell me about yourself and the skills and qualities you have that are a match for a Border Force Officer?“
With this question, you need to match yourself to the skills and qualities of a Border Force Officer. You will be able to find these within the behaviours and strengths mapping for the role. Check out our sample response below, with highlighted keywords which match the strengths and behaviours of the role.
I am someone who is disciplined and takes great pride in their work, and the professional standards that I always make sure I work to. I am hard-working, I have strong values, and I am confident, resilient and focussed in difficult and challenging situations.
When faced with problems, I always approach these in an analytical manner and am decisive when making decisions. Outside of work, I keep myself fit and active and I like to lead a relatively healthy lifestyle.
As a Border Force Officer, I understand you need to be vigilant, resilient, remain calm in difficult situations and also be capable following strict rules and procedures. I believe the skills, the attributes and the experience I have gained in life so far would enable me to be a competent Border Force Officer.
If I am given the opportunity to undertake this role, which has been an ambition of mine for some time now, I will be a great team worker, I will learn the role quickly, and I will always perform my duties to the highest standards and efficiency possible.
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