Policing jobs in Ontario have a unique set of criteria that must be met in order to be considered for a job offer. Not only do you have to possess your OACP to apply, but you also have to pass the interview stage, psychological testing stage, and for some services, there is further testing to be passed. A panel interview for some services, home visits, background checks - the list goes on!
Cognitive Results provides full and complete information and training to pass your police interview. Although this process has an 85% failure rate (according to Hamilton Police interviewers), you can do much better than that with Cognitive Results. In the last two years, our pass rate has been 98%. (There are some factors that are beyond our training - like extreme anxiety and having a problem with authority.) Our training is thorough and accurate, and we have been preparing applicants since 2005.
For this article, I'm going to focus on the the interview systems used in Ontario. The application process right from the resume and cover letter to the job offer is completely score-based. Every interaction is kept track of in your recruitment file - from attending an information session to making a phone call to the recruiters for more information. Be sensible in how you interact with a service throughout. You are always being evaluated.
There are two types of interview systems for policing in Ontario:
- Essential Competencies Interview type
- Blended Interview type
The Essential Competencies Interview system has several pre-defined stages:
- PBQ (Pre-Background Questionnaire)
- If the service selects you based on your resume and cover letter, you are invited to fill out a questionnaire with many other applicants. There are short answer questions along with a paragraph essay or two, depending on the service.
- LFI (Local Focus Interview)
- If you pass your PBQ, you are invited for an LFI. This interview is based on your knowledge of the service and the community it serves, along with a broad overview set of questions to access your candidacy for the next level.
- ECI (Essential Competencies Interview)
- After passing your LFI, the toughest part follows. The ECI consists of several behavioural questions with defined ideal answers.
All of the training we provide covers every aspect of this interview and the blended interview.
The Blended Interview system basically takes all of the ECI system stages and mixes them up. Usually this system is done all on one day, with a form of the PBQ filled out prior to the interview. The questions asked are definitely a blend of LFI and ECI questions, and by completing our training, you will be able to recognize a disguised ECI question.
There are pros and cons to each system - and to confuse matters, several of the services seem to switch almost yearly between the two types. By using our training, you will prepare yourself very well for either type of interview. Using a video course for the interview question teaching gives you the tools to recognize and respond appropriately to the interview questions and will save you a lot of time and effort in this process.
Police Officer, RCMP Officer, Special Constable, Parking Enforcement, Security, and basically every type of policing-related job interview will use a type of behavioural interview technique. We have had great feedback that our teaching works for every type of policing-related behavioural interview as well. AND it works for police services all across CANADA.
Our materials take more than just a couple of hours to go through. You can't compare our results to others 'coaching' for a couple of hours - often for the same cost as our program. You can also refer to our materials over and over again.
You will have access to templates, examples of successful answers, video teaching on WHAT, HOW, and WHY for your answers, and you will have the option to have one-on-one (extra) should you so choose.
The information you are seeking is NOT ON THE INTERNET or freely available. You will find tidbits here and there, but nothing comprehensive to ace your police interview and land the job. Why not give yourself the advantage over your competition by using Cognitive Results? If you're serious about your new policing career, this is not the time to ignore experienced help and teaching to give you the edge. Don't leave this to chance.