At Cognitive Results, we help a lot of applicants secure their dream policing job. I was recently asked, which Ontario police services are most difficult to get into?
You have submitted your stellar resume and cover letter and receive that call for an interview. What are your hiring chances?
I've been helping clients get policing jobs since 2005. I have found there are three factors that influence the chances of being hired:
- Opportunities available: the size of the force influences the sheer number of positions available in a given year
- Type of interview used: blended vs tougher ECI
- Sigma testing beyond passing the interview
If a service is small, uses the ECI, and uses the Sigma, then it would be very difficult to get through; fortunately, the service that uses the Sigma is also large!
Here are some further thoughts on each point:
- Smaller services are always harder to get on due to statistics. If there are 10 positions to fill vs. Toronto's 200, all other ECI factors being equal, it's easier to secure a job with Toronto. All the services score you and rank you and if they have a large number of successful interviewees, then they may even place you in a pool of applicants and pick the best scored applicants for job offers.
- In terms of difficulty of the interviewing process, they are all similar, but Toronto used to have a blended interview which meant less ECI type questions, which meant easier for some clients in the past. However, now that Toronto is on a full ECI, we're going to see the forces more level for the interview part. (I believe there's only a couple left that do blended at this write date.)
- OPP is definitely tougher later on due to having to pass the SIGMA testing after the interviews. That definitely makes them harder overall.
Here is the most important advice I have to give to you ....
At the end of the day, though, you should apply to the services for whom you want to work!!
Cognitive Results will help you through this process - by providing help for every stage, including the interviews.
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