Police Scotland: Sample Competency Questions
Now, let’s look at some sample competency questions. For the purpose of this page, we’ve provided you with 2 sample questions and a brief description of how to answer each one. Within our resources you will find many more questions just like these, plus full and in-depth responses!
Q1. Can you give me an example of a time when you have utilised your job knowledge, to resolve a difficult situation?
Job knowledge is a really important part of working as a Scottish police officer, and is one of the listed competencies and values. The better you understand the core requirements of your role, and how they fit into Police Scotland’s wider objectives, the better you will be able to act as an exemplary representative of the police service. Police Scotland don’t just want a candidate who goes through the motions with their job, they are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and committed, who has made a conscious effort to understand every single element of the role. When answering this question, think about the following:
- What was the situation?
- What needed to be resolved?
- What have been the consequences if you had not intervened?
- What did you say/do?
- How did you utilise your job knowledge?
- What was the end result of this?
Q2. Can you give me an example of a time when you have worked with a colleague to help improve their performance?
This question is asking you to demonstrate the competency of working collaboratively. It’s important that police officers can work constructively together, to achieve organisational goals. Part of being a good co-worker is helping your colleagues when possible, to improve their own methods, and become more valuable members of the police service. When answering this question, think about the following:
- What was the situation?
- Did you approach your colleague, or did they approach you?
- What steps did you take to help them improve?
- Did you need to overcome any obstacles, or change your initial plan?
- How did your colleague respond to your help?
- What was the outcome?
Police Scotland: Sample Motivations and Values Questions
Now, let’s look at some sample motivational and values questions. For the purpose of this page, we’ve provided you with 2 sample questions and a brief description of how to answer each one. Within our resources you will find many more questions just like these, plus full and in-depth responses!
Q1. Tell us why you want to become a police officer.
This is an incredibly common opening question, and it would be a huge surprise if you weren’t asked this during your interview. The best response here, is to be honest! Think about the reasons why you want to become a Scottish police officer. What has motivated you to apply? What is it about the police service that inspires you? Take a look at the goals and aims of Police Scotland on their website, do you share these goals?
Q2. Tell me about yourself and what qualities you believe you have, that will be relevant to the role of a police officer.
This is another very common question. Remember, the purpose of this interview is to help Police Scotland find out more about who you are, and why you would be a great police officer. So, it’s not unusual for them to just ask you this outright!
Once again, your best response is to be honest in this situation. Think about what makes you a good fit for the role? What are your best qualities? How would they be of use to Police Scotland?
Pay attention here! It’s pretty easy to go off on a tangent and reel off a big list of qualities that actually have nothing to do with the police service. Remember, you need to keep it relevant, and link your qualities back to what the police are looking for.