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In this video blog post, interview coach and expert Richard McMunn, will provide you with sample Second Interview Questions and Answers!

If you have a second (2nd) interview coming up, watch the following video, study the tips and then consider utilizing the sample answers to beat the competition!

SECOND INTERVIEW Questions And Answers! (How To Pass A 2nd Interview!) - YouTube

What’s the purpose of a second interview?

The good news is, you are being seriously considered for the position based on your success in the first interview. Your first interview may have been either face-to-face, or perhaps even over the telephone. Regardless of which it was, you are being invited along to the second interview because they are genuinely interested in hiring you.

You will be up against most probably 3-7 other candidates at your second interview, so it is your job to stand out from the crowd. Here’s how to do it!

2 important tips for passing your second interview!

  • Read the job description and continually refer to it in your answers.
  • Sell yourself at the second interview and be able to back up your claims.

The following statement is powerful when used in your second interview, and will go a long way to impressing the interview panel:

“I know how important my performance in this role is to the success of your business.”

So, now that we understand what we need to do in order to pass the second (2nd) interview, let’s take a look at the interview questions and suggested answers.

SECOND INTERVIEW QUESTION #1: Tell me again why we should give the job to you and not someone else?

“First and foremost, my resume is a match for the role. I understand you need someone who is customer-focused, can work hard under pressure, meet strict deadlines and also work closely with other team members and departments within your organization, to achieve the company objectives.

I also have 3 really strong attributes that I feel will help. Firstly, I have an ability to learn quickly, which means I can hit the ground running. You won’t need to waste your invaluable time monitoring my performance because I am reliable and trustworthy. And finally, I am someone who has a track record for achieving results. My job is important to me, and it’s also important to my family stability, which means I am going to work very hard for you and deliver results.”

SECOND INTERVIEW QUESTION #2: If you are successful, what is the first thing you will do in this role to make an impact?

“If I am successful, I already plan to do 3 specific things. These are:

  1. I will gather as much information as possible about the role and the requirements and then study these in my own time. The first day I start working for you, I want to already have a good understanding of the role and what you need me to do.

 

  1. I will get to know my team and your products and services as soon as possible.

 

  1. I will set to work on my first important task or project, and then deliver it to the highest standards possible, to show you what I can do and to also repay your trust in my abilities.”
SECOND INTERVIEW QUESTION #3: What applicable experience do you have that will suit this role?

“I have lots of experience that matches the role requirements. I have worked with customers and clients for many years now, both customer and client facing, and also remotely via email communication and telephone. The experience with customers I have means I understand how important they are to your business, and I can be trusted to look after them for you.

Secondly, I have lots of experience being able to find solutions to problems. Because I am a good problem solver, you can trust me to sort out any team issues or problems before you get to find out about them.

 I am also a very strong communicator, and I think carefully about what I say and what I write. Because I will be representing your company and brand through my communication style, it is important that I get it right.

Finally, my previous work experience means I will work hard and diligently under pressure to get the job done. I feel strongly that my skills and experience are a great match for this role.”

SECOND INTERVIEW QUESTION #4: What is it about this job that you are particularly attracted to?

“Apart from having the necessary skills to perform the role to a very high standard, I am actually more attracted to your organization. Whilst studying for both the first and second interviews, I found out a lot about your company, your innovative approach to business and also your values and customer service success rates.

There’s a lot of positivity around your organization online and I feel I want to be part of an organization that is clearly going places.”

SECOND INTERVIEW QUESTION #5: We have invited 7 people for a second interview. What makes you stand out from the others?

I can do the work you need me to do, and I can deliver exceptional results. I will fit in seamlessly and be a great addition to your team. 

I have a combination of job description-matching skills and experiences that make me stand out. And I believe hiring me will not only make you look smart, but it will also make your life easier too. I don’t need micro-managing or continually supervising, and I can hit the ground running.”

So, there you have it! Example Second Interview Questions and Answers to help you prepare fully for, and pass, your 2nd interview.

To get more sample interview questions, tips, answers and tutorials, get access to our online interview training course at:

https://www.how2become.com/free-online-interview-training-course/

 

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In the following video and blog, Richard McMunn provides you with his top 8 University Interview Questions and Answers. The questions and answers that follow in this post are suitable for all UK university admissions.

UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW Questions and Answers (PASS Your Uni Admissions Interview!) - YouTube

Why do you want to study your chosen subject?

What not to say:

Do not say someone else thought it would be a good idea for you to study this subject or that it was chosen for you – it has to be your choice.

What to say:

Mention the fact that your chosen subject will have a longer-lasting impact, because it aligns to your future career plans.

HOW TO ANSWER THE UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW QUESTION – Why do you want to study your chosen subject?

“I want to study this subject because I have a genuine belief I can succeed but, more importantly, I have a genuine passion for the subject that means I actually enjoy learning and immersing myself in my studies. I guess for some students, they simply want to obtain the qualification, but I actually feel the benefit to me will be long-lasting, as my eventual career goals very much align with the subject matter.”

Why have you chosen this university? How did you prepare for these university interview questions?

What not to say:

Do not mention anything related to night life, or the fact it is located in a nice/scenic area.

What to say:

Make reference to the university’s strengths in respect to learning facilities, teaching and support.

HOW TO ANSWER THE UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW QUESTION – Why have you chosen this university?

“During my studies and research, I found out as much as possible about the university’s approach to learning. From that research, and also from speaking to other students, the department’s approach to learning makes me feel confident that I will be given the best support whilst I am here. I also understand you have great learning facilities here at the university that will mean I have every chance of succeeding.”

Which part of your A Level studies did you find the toughest?

What not to say:

Do not mention finding the time to study or the workload was the toughest. Instead, state that you enjoyed studying and learning more about the subjects.

What to say:

A strong response is one that is relevant to the initial planning stage of your studies, but points out that this eased once you got into a routine.

HOW TO ANSWER THE UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW QUESTION – Which part of your A Level studies did you find the toughest?

“I did find the initial planning stage of the studying quite difficult at first. It was difficult simply because I had never had to create a plan before that ensured all of my study work was thorough, on point and complete. However, after a few weeks of utilizing my study plan, it became much easier and I actually enjoyed following a study structure – it gave me a feeling that I was continually moving forward towards my study goals.”

What’s your biggest achievement and why?

What to say:

Choose an achievement that is quite recent and also one that demonstrates you are a ‘completer finisher’. It is OK to state that your A Level grades are your greatest achievement, but if you do use these as an example, explain how the achievement has impacted you on a positive level. It is also good to use charity events or sporting achievements for your answer to the university interview questions.

What not to say:

Don’t say anything related to social activities or drinking!

HOW TO ANSWER THE UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW QUESTION – What’s your biggest achievement and why?

“It would have to be my A Level results and how I improved throughout the two year study period. To be honest with you, some people didn’t expect me to do particularly well in a couple of the subjects, but I knew that if I worked hard, dedicated quality time to study, and also immersed myself in the subject, I could do well. My results have had such a positive impact on my attitude to work and study in general, and I now have the self-belief that I can go a long way in both my education and also my long-term career plans.”

Explain how you intend to study during your time at university?

What to say:

Make sure you have a plan in place of how you intend to study during your time at university. Explain to the interview panel that ‘quality’ study is far more effective than simply hours and hours of time with your head in the books. More importantly, tell the panel what works for you in terms of study, as this shows you have already considered your study plans for university.

What not to say:

Don’t say you have no plan, but you’ll find the time to study between socialising. Study should be the priority whilst at university.

HOW TO ANSWER THE UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW QUESTION – Explain how you intend to study during your time at university?

“I believe I know myself pretty well now in terms of what works for me whilst studying. I am a firm believer that quality study is far more effective than simply sitting there reading for hours upon end. For me, quality study involves creating mind maps and also writing down the key learning points from each lesson. I also find that I am more effective at studying during the evening. This is the time of day where my concentration levels are at their greatest, as I found out during revision for my A Levels. I already have a plan in place for making sure my studies are effective and that I make the most of my time at university.”

What are your main interests outside of education?

What to say:

This question is designed to assess what you do outside of education. What you do outside of education can have an impact on your study time, so answer the question carefully. Pick out the positive aspects of your external hobbies, interests and activities and then say why you think they are of benefit to your time at university.

What not to say:

Don’t say your main interests are playing computer games or spending time down the pub with your friends.

HOW TO ANSWER THE UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW QUESTION – What are your main interests outside of education?

“I like to keep myself physically fit and spend time running a few times a week. Whilst I am not a fitness fanatic, I do feel that by keeping physically fit, my mental attitude and mindset are also in a good place too, which I feel helps my studies. I also enjoy reading non-fiction and I have actually just finished reading James O’Brien’s book entitled ‘How To Be Right In A World Gone Wrong’, which I found insightful, funny and educational. I like to read self-development books simply because they give me a wider insight into what’s possible in the world and how I can develop my mind to achieve my future goals.”

How do you feel about your A Level results?

What to say:

University interview questions are designed to assess your level of honesty, whether you are aware of your weaknesses, and also whether or not you are a person who takes responsibility for their own learning. If you feel you could have done better, say so. Don’t blame anyone else or any external factors for not doing as good as you thought you could. The best answer to this question is to be reflective of your own performance, and then move forward.

What not to say:

Don’t say you feel you can’t improve on your results, or that you feel great and you have no concerns about passing your degree. Everyone has weaknesses, so make sure you know what yours is!

HOW TO ANSWER THE UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW QUESTION – How do you feel about your A Level results?

 “Overall, I was relatively pleased with my results, but I could have done better. Although I dedicated lots of time to study and I followed a dedicated study plan, I had underestimated the study required for one particular subject. Whilst I did pass with a good grade, I could have done better. I learnt a lot from my grades, and although I was satisfied overall, I know I will need to work hard and improve if I am to be successful at university. You are only as good as your last exam result, and now is the time to focus again with a fresh mindset and lots of hard work and commitment.”

What can you bring to the university?

What to say:

Being at university is a two-way thing. You get to study with, hopefully, fantastic lecturers and facilities, and the university gets a top, successful student in yourself.

What not to say:

Give an answer that demonstrates maturity and intelligence. Focus on your ability to contribute academically and organizationally but do not mention things such as your sense of humour, the amount you can drink and how good you are at team sports.

HOW TO ANSWER THE UNIVERSITY INTERVIEW QUESTION – Q. What can you bring to the university?

“I understand that being at university is an important part of my development, but that you too want students who are going to work hard, achieve and be a positive role model in the process. I will bring an ability to work hard, a desire to contribute positively, whether that’s being part of a recognized club or society within the university, and also being part of the wider academic debate during lectures and discussions in general. I feel I have a lot to offer and can assure you I will contribute positively if I am successful.”

Get access to more tough University interview questions and answers via our online course, at: www.PassMyInterview.com

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In this video and blog, Richard McMunn gives you his 27 Top Tough Interview Questions and answers which are designed to help you pass any interview!

Whether you are going for a project management interview, a customer service, interview, a leadership interview, or even a teamworking interview, the questions and answers in this video will help you during your preparation.

TOP 5 TOUGH INTERVIEW Questions and ANSWERS! (PASS Your Interview) - YouTube

List of Tough Interview Questions! 

Below is Richard’s list of TOUGH interview questions that you need to prepare for, if you are to pass any interview. The reason these questions are so tough is because they are designed to make you think, long and hard, about your own experience and situation! Take a pen and start preparing for each and every one of these tough interview questions – the more prepared you are, the better your chances of success.

  1. Tell me about a time when you didn’t get on with a work colleague?
  2. What are you most criticized about at work?
  3. What area did you have to improve on during your last appraisal?
  4. Describe a time when you failed in a work situation?
  5. Describe a time when you changed how you did something following feedback from someone else?
  6. Who’s the worst boss you’ve ever had?
  7. How do you think your co-workers would describe you, both good and bad?
  8. What’s the first thing you would do in this job if you are successful?
  9. What’s your biggest weaknesses?
  10. Describe a time when you failed whilst working as part of a team?
  11. Why do you want to leave your current job?
  12. Why are there some gaps in your employment?
  13. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
  14. Describe a time when you concentrated for a long period?
  15. Describe a time when you solved a difficult problem?
  16. Tell me about yourself and why you are a match for the job description?
  17. What’s the most challenging thing you have ever done at work?
  18. What is the biggest mistake you have ever made?
  19. Describe a time when you failed to reach a goal you set yourself?
  20. How do you handle stress at work?
  21. Describe a time when you solved a difficult problem whilst at work?
  22. What do you know about our company, our products and services?
  23. Explain a situation where you had to communicate a difficult message to a group of people?
  24. What’s your biggest regret in life?
  25. What’s the last piece of personal development work you undertook?
  26. Describe a time when you dealt with a difficult or frustrated customer?
  27. What did you most dislike about your last job?
Sample Interview Questions: Colleague Relationships

Q1. Tell me about a time when you didn’t get on with a work colleague?

What not to say:

Don’t say it was their fault and that they were the ones who had the problem, not you.

What to say:

Do say you looked at this as an opportunity to build bridges and resolve the situation with a positive outcome to the benefit of the company.

SAMPLE ANSWER

“In a previous job I can remember a member of staff within the office taking a dislike to me for some reason. He appeared to not involve me during conversations, and when I tried to contribute, he dismissed my views and opinions.”

Whilst it wasn’t a pleasant situation to be in, I knew I had to be the one who resolved it. I started out by trying to speak to him on a one-to-one basis and would sit with him during coffee and lunch breaks. I would always talk to him positively and ask how he was and what he had been getting up to at weekends. He was continually cold towards me, and so I decided to ask him outright whether there was an issue.

As soon as I confronted him on the issue, his attitude changed. Although he didn’t say it directly, I felt he knew he hadn’t been particularly nice towards me. However, since that day we have got on really well and our relationship has progressed to the point that we have met up for a coffee on a couple of occasions outside of work.

This has been beneficial to the team, because we can now work together more productively on important projects. Whenever a negative situation occurs, I will always try my hardest to turn it into a positive one.”

Sample Interview Question: Dealing with Failure

Q2. Describe a time when you failed in a work situation?

What not to say:

Don’t say you are perfect and that you have never failed in a work situation. We all fail at times!

What to say:

Explain how you failed, the impact it had on the team and what you did to put it right.

SAMPLE ANSWER

“When I initially started out in my previous job, I was given an important task by my manager that had a tight deadline. Because I was keen to impress, I started working hard quickly to get the job done and to the right standard.

However, due to my hastiness, I had failed to read one part of the brief correctly, which meant the project wasn’t completed to the right specification. As soon as I realized I had made the mistake, I informed my manager, apologized and looked to put it right.

 I learnt a lot from that experience, and every since then, I ensure I adopt a thorough, analytical approach to all tasks I undertake.

I don’t make mistakes often, but if I do, I will always react positively, take responsibility and learn from the experience.”

Sample Interview Question: Respect for Authority 

Q3. Who’s the worst boss you’ve ever had?

What not to say:

Don’t say you’ve had lots of bad bosses. This will make the interview panel think it’s you who has the problem!

What to say:

If you have had a negative boss, say you kept your opinions of them to yourself as it’s important you respect their decisions and instructions.

SAMPLE ANSWER

“To be truthful, most of my bosses and managers have been brilliant. There has only ever been one boss where I didn’t agree with the way that he did things, but I was still very much respectful towards him, and I kept my views and opinions to myself.

The only reason why I felt he wasn’t particularly great as a boss, was that he continually changed his mind about how we should tackle certain projects, and he didn’t appear to be confident in his choices.

Having said that, I understood that he must have been under pressure from senior managers, so I always did all I could to help him out and do my own job to the best of my abilities.”

Sample Interview Question: Workplace Reputation 

Q4. How do you think your co-workers would describe you, both good and bad?

What not to say:

Don’t say anything that is a bad match for the job description.

What to say:

  • Do say a number of good things your co-workers would say that are a match for the job description.
  • Say one bad thing and three good things!

SAMPLE ANSWER

“That’s a difficult question, but I guess if I am really honest they would most probably say the one bad thing about me is that I am sometimes not very good at delegating team tasks when we are all working together on an important project. It’s only because I care so much about the finished project that I try to do a lot of the work myself. Having said that, I am learning to let go and trust my work colleagues as they are just as important as I am, within the team.

In respect of the good things, I believe they would say I am reliable and can be trusted to complete a task professionally. I am a loyal and hardworking person and an invaluable asset to the team. And finally, I am someone whom they could rely on in their hour of need, or if they ever needed support in a difficult situation.”

Sample Interview Question: Your Future Plans

Q5. What’s the first thing you would do in this job if you are successful?

 What not to say:

Don’t say you would sit back and take your time to become accustomed to the role.

What to say:

  • Do say you already have a plan in place of what you intend to do.
  • Break it down into 3 things – learning the role quickly, fitting into the team and making an immediate impact!

SAMPLE ANSWER

“I would want to hit the ground running, and in order to order to achieve that, I would do three things. Firstly, I would learn the job as quickly as possible and in order to achieve that, I would take comprehensive notes and spend time reading up on the role during the evenings, once I got home from work.

Secondly, I would introduce myself to the team and get to know everyone as soon as possible. I feel it’s important that I fit in with the team quickly.

 Finally, I would want to undertake an important project or task to show you what I am capable of doing. Because you would be putting your trust in me, I would be keen to repay that trust by showing you what I am capable of doing within the role, quickly.”

Get access to more tough interview questions and answers via our online course, at: www.PassMyInterview.com

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In this video and blog, Richard McMunn gives you his 27 Top Tough Interview Questions and answers which are designed to help you pass any interview!

Whether you are going for a project management interview, a customer service, interview, a leadership interview, or even a teamworking interview, the questions and answers in this video will help you during your preparation.

TOP 5 TOUGH INTERVIEW Questions and ANSWERS! (PASS Your Interview) - YouTube

List of Tough Interview Questions! 

Below is Richard’s list of TOUGH interview questions that you need to prepare for, if you are to pass any interview. The reason these questions are so tough is because they are designed to make you think, long and hard, about your own experience and situation! Take a pen and start preparing for each and every one of these tough interview questions – the more prepared you are, the better your chances of success.

  1. Tell me about a time when you didn’t get on with a work colleague?
  2. What are you most criticized about at work?
  3. What area did you have to improve on during you last appraisal?
  4. Describe a time when you failed in a work situation?
  5. Describe a time when you changed how you did something following feedback from someone else?
  6. Who’s the worst boss you’ve ever had?
  7. How do you think your co-workers would describe you, both good and bad?
  8. What’s the first thing you would do in this job if you are successful?
  9. What’s your biggest weaknesses?
  10. Describe a time when you failed whilst working as part of a team?
  11. Why do you want to leave your current job?
  12. Why are there some gaps in your employment?
  13. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
  14. Describe a time when you concentrated for a long period of time?
  15. Describe a time when you solved a difficult problem?
  16. Tell me about yourself and why you are a match for the job description?
  17. What’s the most challenging thing you have ever done at work?
  18. What is the biggest mistake you have ever made?
  19. Describe a time when you failed to reach a goal you set yourself?
  20. How do you handle stress at work?
  21. Describe a time when you solved a difficult problem whilst at work?
  22. What do you know about our company, our products and services?
  23. Explain a situation where you had to communicate a difficult message to a group of people?
  24. What’s your biggest regret in life?
  25. What’s the last piece of personal development work you undertook?
  26. Describe a time when you dealt with a difficult or frustrated customer?
  27. What did you most dislike about your last job?
Sample Interview Questions: Colleague Relationships

Q1. Tell me about a time when you didn’t get on with a work colleague?

What not to say:

Don’t say it was their fault and they were the ones who had the problem, not you.

What to say:

Do say you looked at this as an opportunity to build bridges and resolve the situation with a positive outcome to the benefit of the company.

SAMPLE ANSWER

“In a previous job I can remember a member of staff within the office taking a dislike to me for some reason. He appeared to not involve me during conversations, and when I tried to contribute, he dismissed my views and opinions.”

Whilst it wasn’t a pleasant situation to be in, I knew I had to be the one who resolved it. I started out by trying to speak to him on a one-to-one basis and would sit with him during coffee and lunch breaks. I would always talk to him positively and ask how he was and what he had been getting up to at weekends. He was continually cold towards me, and so I decided to ask him outright whether there was an issue.

As soon as I confronted him on the issue, his attitude changed. Although he didn’t say it directly, I felt he knew he hadn’t been particularly nice towards me. However, since that day we have got on really well and our relationship has progressed to the point that we have met up for a coffee on a couple of occasions outside of work.

This has been beneficial to the team, because we can now work together more productively on important projects. Whenever a negative situation occurs, I will always try my hardest to turn it into a positive one.”

Sample Interview Question: Dealing with Failure

Q2. Describe a time when you failed in a work situation?

What not to say:

Don’t say you are pretty near perfect and that you have never failed in a work situation. We all fail at times!

What to say:

Explain how you failed, the impact it had on the team and what you did to put it right.

SAMPLE ANSWER

“When I initially started out in my previous job, I was given an important task by my manager that had a tight deadline. Because I was keen to impress, I started working hard quickly to get the job done and to the right standard.

However, due to my hastiness, I had failed to read one part of the brief correctly, which meant the project wasn’t completed to the right specification. As soon as I realized I had made the mistake, I informed my manager, apologized and looked to put it right.

 I learnt a lot from that experience, and every since then, I ensure I adopt a thorough, analytical approach to all tasks I undertake.

I don’t make mistakes often, but if I do, I will always react positively, take responsibility and learn from the experience.”

Sample Interview Question: Respect for Authority 

Q3. Who’s the worst boss you’ve ever had?

What not to say:

Don’t say you’ve had lots of bad bosses. This will make the interview panel think it’s you who has the problem!

What to say:

If you have had a negative boss, say you kept your opinions of them to yourself as it’s important you respect their decisions and instructions.

SAMPLE ANSWER

“To be truthful, most of my bosses and managers have been brilliant. There has only ever been one boss who I didn’t agree with the way that he did things, but I was still very much respectful towards him, and I kept my views and opinions to myself.

The only reason why I felt he wasn’t particularly great as a boss, was that he continually changed his mind about how we should tackle certain projects, and he didn’t appear to be confident in his choices.

Having said that, I understood that he must have been under pressure from senior managers, so I always did all I could to help him out and do my own job to the best of my abilities.”

Sample Interview Question: Workplace Reputation 

Q4. How do you think your co-workers would describe you, both good and bad?

What not to say:

Don’t say anything bad that is a match for the job description.

What to say:

  • Do say a number of good things your co-workers would say that are a match for the job description.
  • Say one bad thing and three good things!

SAMPLE ANSWER

“That’s a difficult question, but I guess if I am really honest they would most probably say the one bad thing about me is that I am sometimes not very good at delegating team tasks when we are all working together on an important project. It’s only because I care so much about the finished project that I try to do a lot of the work myself. Having said that, I am learning to let go and trust my work colleagues as they are just as important as I am, within the team.

In respect of the good things, I believe they would say I am reliable and can be trusted to complete a task professionally. I am a loyal and hardworking person and an invaluable asset to the team. And finally, I am someone whom they could rely on in their hour of need, or if they ever needed support in a difficult situation.”

Sample Interview Question: Your Future Plans

Q5. What’s the first thing you would do in this job if you are successful?

 What not to say:

Don’t say you would sit back and take your time to become accustomed to the role.

What to say:

  • Do say you already have a plan in place of what you intend to do.
  • Break it down into 3 things – learning the role quickly, fitting into the team and making an immediate impact!

SAMPLE ANSWER

“I would want to hit the ground running, and in order to order to achieve that, I would do three things. Firstly, I would learn the job as quickly as possible and in order to achieve that, I would take comprehensive notes and spend time reading up on the role during the evenings, once I got home from work.

Secondly, I would introduce myself to the team and get to know everyone as soon as possible. I feel it’s important that I fit in with the team quickly.

 Finally, I would want to undertake an important project or task to show you what I am capable of doing. Because you would be putting your trust in me, I would be keen to repay that trust by showing you what I am capable of doing within the role, quickly.”

Get access to more tough interview questions and answers via our online course, at: www.PassMyInterview.com

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In this video blog, Richard McMunn from How2Become.com will teach you how to write a CV, and in particular, a brilliant one that lands you that all-important interview.

So, without further ado, please watch the following video and read the text transcript that follows, as these tips are going to help you write a CV that gets you noticed – GUARANTEED!

HOW TO WRITE A BRILLIANT CV! (CV Templates Included!) - YouTube

Introduction: How To Write a Great CV

Hello there, everybody!

My name is Richard McMunn from How2Become.com. In this audio blog post I am going to give you some fantastic advice on how to construct your own CV – and make your qualifications stand out from the crowd! 

The majority of people will be aware that having a good CV is a really important element to securing a job position. However, what they aren’t aware is: 

  • How employers actually read a CV.
  • How to make their CV stand out. By this, I mean that it immediately grabs the attention and separates you from the list of other candidates.
  • How to tailor their CV to the job position. 

In this blog, I’ll give you some top tips on all of the above, and lots more! So, without further ado, let’s begin! 

CV WRITING TIP #1 – Make your CV match the job description

When writing any CV, it’s seriously important that your CV matches the job description. What do I mean by this? Well, imagine if you were an employer, and someone applied to join your company. What type of things would you expect to see on their CV?

For argument’s sake, let’s assume you were employing people to work in a customer service facing role, where they would be dealing directly with customers. The skills you would expect to see from someone who knows how to write a brilliant CV would relate to: 

  • Person-to-person interaction. 
  • Communication skills. 
  • Empathy. 
  • Problem solving. 

Ideally, you’d be looking for a CV which demonstrates that someone has worked in roles requiring and utilising the above attributes. The difference between someone who knows how to write a brilliant CV, and someone who doesn’t, is that the former group will go all out to demonstrate their experience. Employers want to see that people have experience in using the same skills and attributes they are looking for. So, if someone sent in a CV for a customer service facing role that showed no evidence of actually dealing with people in a professional environment, where they have only sat behind a desk, using mathematical skills, then this is unlikely to impress the employer. 

You need to tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. Therefore, when writing it, include keywords and phrases that are a match. .

CV WRITING TIP #2 – Load your CV with powerful keywords and phrases

In line with the previous point, it’s important that your CV is full of positive words and phrases, showing that you are an attractive and highly-employable candidate. The types of words you should include within your CV are:

  • Professional
  • Loyal and hardworking
  • Enthusiastic
  • Committed
  • Customer-focused
  • Innovative
  • Trustworthy
  • Flexible

If you include the above keywords and phrases when writing your CV, it is sure to resonate positively with the employer or recruiting manager. Your CV is essentially a chance to sell yourself to the employer. You aren’t just selling your skills, but you are selling your personal qualities too. Ultimately having the right skills means nothing if you don’t have the personal qualities to use these skills, or if you don’t know how to write a brilliant CV. So, make sure you sell yourself!

CV WRITING TIP #3 – Keep your CV short and simple!

Some people submit CVs that are pages and pages long, full to the brim with information. The problem with this approach, is that if you send an employer a CV that is longer than 2 pages – the chances are they won’t read it. Your CV only has to be two pages, and even then the formatting is more important than the length. 

The reality is that recruiters, employees and hiring managers do not have the time to sift through endless CVs. Therefore, it’s essential that you ‘trim the fat’ so to speak, keeping your CV relevant and focused on the job you are applying for. 

But what if I have 3 pages worth of experience and skill? 

If you have extensive experience, then that’s great news! However, you still need to trim and tailor this to keep it relevant. It is your task to select and focus your CV on the most relevant aspects, that will impress the potential employer. 

CV Writing TIP #4 – The Different Sections of a CV

Now, let’s have a brief look at the different sections of CV, before exploring these sections in more detail. 

For your CV to grab the attention of the employer or recruitment manager, make sure you only include the following sections when writing it:

Personal and contact details

This should include your name, address and contact details (email address and telephone number)

Personal statement

This is your opportunity to quickly grab the attention of the recruiter or employer. Within the ‘How To Write A CV’ video above, I have provided you with advice on how to create a brilliant CV personal statement.

Work experience

Make sure you provide you work experience and skills in chronological order – with the latest employer position coming first. Also, make sure the skills and qualities you whilst within this section are a close match for the job you are applying for.

This section of your CV is obligatory, so make sure you include any relevant educational and professional qualifications within this section. It is also acceptable to place details of any external organisation bodies or membership groups you belong to, providing they are relevant to the job you are applying for.

CV Writing TIP #5 – How To Write A Personal Statement

Your personal statement is super important. It’s the only real chance you’ll have in your CV to produce an extended passage of writing (excluding the cover letter), so you need to make this count. Your personal statement should be a short 1 or 2 paragraph section, explaining who you are and giving a brief overview of your skills and experience. It’s important to really sell yourself here, and this is a good place to use the keywords we mentioned earlier!

Below we’ve included a short sample personal statement, to show you how this might be done: 

“I am a highly-motivated administrator with over 5 years’ experience in all areas from reception management to customer care. Most recently, I have been managing the day-to-day operational aspects of a busy office which includes taking care of key business clients, organising office workloads and prioritizing tasks. I can be trusted to provide exceptional customer service, both face-to-face and via the telephone, whilst also assisting the business to grow and improve overall sales. I am an outstanding team player, innovative in my approach to work whilst also taking great pride in fulfilling my responsibilities for my employer. I am flexible, conscientious and trustworthy and enthusiastic about my work. I can be relied upon to deliver everything that I set out to achieve, ensuring that it is completed to a high personal standard and within given timeframes.”

CV Writing TIP #6 – How To Write A Cover Letter

The final thing that you need to take care of when sending a CV off to employers, is the covering letter or covering email. Your cover letter is your chance to introduce yourself to the employer, and make sure you stand out from the crowd. 

The main rule when creating a covering letter is to make sure you keep it short and simple. This can vary depending on who you are applying for, but the crux is in making sure that you are polite, and clear about why you are applying for the role. 

Below, I have provided you with a shorter sample CV covering letter/email:

Name: Your name

Email address: your name@emailaddresshere.co.uk

SUBJECT: Application for [Enter Job Role Here]

 Dear Sir/Madam,

Please find attached my CV in support of my application for the position of [ENTER JOB ROLE HERE] with your company. I believe that I possess the skills, qualities and attributes required to perform the role to an exceptional standard and feel strongly that I would be a great asset to your company.

I would very much like the opportunity to prove my skills to you at interview and can be contacted on [TELEPHONE NUMBER HERE] at any time.

Yours faithfully,

Your name here

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If you have any questions about the CV writing process, drop them in the comments section at the bottom of this blog and we’ll be happy to advise!

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How to Pass the Army Selection Process

Joining the British Army is no easy feat. Whether you’re a British National, Dual-National, or Commonwealth citizen, roles within the British Army are incredibly competitive. Therefore, you need to be at the top of your game if you’re to succeed.

So, to help you in the Army selection process, we’ve compiled the top 5 tips that are likely to pull your application up from standard to outstanding.

Read on to find out what you can do right now to improve your chances of passing the Army selection process.

Tip 1 – Be Fully Prepared by Using Action Plans – Pass the Army Selection Process

Action plans are used by successful candidates because they give you an easy way of tracking your progress. A good action plan will also force you to stick to your training regime.

Discipline is an important part of the Armed Forces, and so it’s imperative that you integrate it into your preparation for joining the British Army.

In the run-up to applying, and during the application process, create a multi-week timetable. Divide each day into 1-hour chunks, and then fill that time with different activities to help you improve. You’ll want to include:

  • Psychometric testing practice – Sit down with some practice papers and take them under timed conditions.
  • Fitness training – Use your action plan to lay out your fitness regime.
  • Interview training – Spend time reading through sample questions and exemplary answers. Then, create your own answers. If you have a friend or family member who can help, have them conduct a mock interview with you. This way, you’ll get a chance to overcome some interview nerves that you might have.

Remember to include breaks and rest time in your action plan. The last thing you want to do is completely exhaust yourself for the interview and testing stages of the selection process.

Tip 2 – Practise Psychometric Questions

As previously mentioned, you need to spend a lot of time working on psychometric test questions to get you ready for the real tests. These tests are:

  • Error-Checking;
  • Spatial Awareness;
  • Logical Reasoning;
  • Number Reasoning;
  • Category Reasoning;
  • Word Reasoning.

You’ll need to be proficient in all six of these areas in order to pass the testing stage of the Army selection process.You can find out more about the psychometric tests here.

Once you have some practice papers ready, make sure that you sit them under timed conditions. For these tests, we recommend giving yourself 15 minutes to complete each test.

If you struggle with this time restraint, go back and re-read the explanations for the question types. Complete some questions at your own pace. Then, head back into the mock test environment.

If you’d like to sit some psychometric tests and give yourself the best chance of passing the selection process, check out our Army Aptitude Tests Testing Suite.

Tip 3 – Be Polite and Courteous at all Times

This might sound like an odd suggestion, but the interviewers will notice if you’re impolite or rude to them. Respect is a fundamental part of the role as a soldier in the British Army. So, to pass the selection process, you need to show that you can be respectful and courteous – no matter the circumstances.

If you think you could do with being more polite to others, try to incorporate politeness into your everyday life. By making politeness a habit, you’ll be courteous without even realising during the interviews.

Here are some ways to start being more polite during your daily life:

  • Asking others how their days are, or have been, during conversation with them.
  • Wishing others, such as service staff in restaurants and shops, a good day or evening.
  • Holding doors open for others or allowing others to pass you whenever appropriate.
Tip 4 – Understand the Meaning of Teamwork

This is one of the most important concepts for you to grasp as an applicant in the British Army selection process.

Teamwork is a vital part of many roles, especially those of a soldier. Remember that you will be working in a group of people with different beliefs, backgrounds, and points of view. You need to be able to co-operate with others and obey instructions at all times. 

This also means that you will have to remain calm, even in situations where other team members might be frustrating or difficult. In your interviews, make sure that you give examples of when you’ve worked as a team, and what you did to ensure success.

Tip 5 – Practise Deliberately and With Purpose

Practice makes perfect, so long as it’s good practice.

Make sure that, whenever you’re conducting preparation, you’re giving it everything you’ve got. Think carefully about what you’re practising, and constantly look for better ways to do it.

For example, you might be waking up at 7am every day before school or work to go for a run. Why not change that time to 6am? It might be tough at first, but will help you get in the mindset of being a member of the British Army.

Conclusion – How to Pass the Army Selection Process

Now you’ve seen the top 5 tips for how to pass the British Army selection process. If you follow these steps carefully, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful candidate.

However, if you’re looking for more tips, advice, and preparation materials, check out our guides and online courses.

If you’re looking to improve your interview skills with sample questions and answers, check out How to Pass the Army Interview.

If you’re just getting started with your application and want an excellent overview for the entire process, check out our guide and online course: How to Join the British Army.

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How to Pass the Army Cognitive Tests

As part of your application to join the British Army, you will need to pass six Army Cognitive Tests. These are:

  • Error Checking Test;
  • Spatial Reasoning Test;
  • Number Reasoning Test;
  • Word Reasoning Test;
  • Logical Reasoning Test;
  • Category Reasoning Test.

All of the tests require you to briefly examine rules or pieces of text, memorise them, and then answer questions based on the information you can remember.

These tests are usually taken at a computer at an assessment centre. All of the tests are multiple-choice in format. There is only one correct answer per question.

Just because the questions are multiple-choice, doesn’t make them easy. Take each question very seriously and read them carefully before attempting them.

Now, let’s take a closer look at these six tests.

The Error Checking Test – Pass the Army Tests

The purpose of the Error Checking test is to determine how well candidates can read information and spot errors and differences.

In this test, you must examine two strings of digits and letters, and spot all of the differences between the two.

For each question, you will be given a few seconds to read the two strings of information. Then, both lines will disappear, and you will need to recall how many of the digits or letters differed.

Take a look at the following sample question.

Error Checking Test – Sample Question

Once the two lines disappear, you will have to remember how many digits differed in the two lines.

As you can see, there were 4 digits/letters that were different between the two strings of data.

The Spatial Awareness Test – Pass the Army Tests

In this test, you need to be able to comprehend, memorise, and recall rules to find the correct answer.

This test also examines your ability to work with two-dimensional shapes. So, not only is your memory being tested, but also your spatial reasoning skills.

You will be provided with two rules. They will look something like the following:

Rule 1 = Down Left BELOW Down Right

Rule 2 = Black ABOVE Striped

You will then be given six different answer options. Your task is to work out which answer option obeys both of the rules provided.

Spatial Awareness Test – Sample Question

The Number Reasoning Test – Pass the Army Tests

This test determines how well you can quickly solve mathematical problems, and also memorise your answers.

You will be faced with two simple sums. You’ll need to work them out individually, then remember the answers for both.

These questions will involve the primary four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Unlike the previous exercises, you will be given each calculation, one at a time. So, you will need to remember your answer to Calculation 1, before moving onto Calculation 2.

Once you’ve worked out both Calculation 1 and Calculation 2, both will disappear. Then, you will need to answer one of the following questions:

Which was greater?

Which was lesser?

You then pick the answer option ‘Top’ or ‘Bottom’ for the two calculations, or ‘Same’ if the answers were identical.

The Number Reasoning Test – Sample Question

Let’s quickly recap the two calculations and their correct answers:

Calculation 1 = 10 x 5 = 50

Calculation 2 = 100 / 2 = 50

Therefore, the correct answer to the question, ‘which was greater?’ would be the same.

ANSWER = SAME

The Word Reasoning Test – Pass the Army Tests

The Word Reasoning test is designed to assess your verbal reasoning skills, alongside memory and comprehension.

Like all of the other tests we’ve looked at, you’ll need to read and memorise data, and then answer questions based on it.

For each question, you will have to read a ‘rule’, which contains three categories of thing.

Underneath each category of thing, there will be the name of an object.

Your task is to assess whether or not the object belongs to that category. If it does, then it counts as 1 point. You’ll have to do this for all three categories.

Then, once you’ve memorised how many objects match their category, the rules and objects will disappear. You’ll then have to answer how many matched. Your answer options are 0, 1, 2, or 3.

The Word Reasoning Test – Sample Question

 

The Logical Reasoning Test – Pass the Army Tests

This test is used to examine your ability to apply logic to rules and procedures. It also tests your memory, since you will need to remember the logical rules. You will need to use your deduction skills to arrive at the correct answer.

For each question, you will receive two rules. Alongside the two rules, you will be given a question based on the information in the two rules.

Then, the screen will change, and both of the rules and the question will disappear. You will be given three answer options, and will need to pick the correct one.

The Logical Reasoning Test – Sample Question

Let’s look at how to figure this question out.

Rule 1 states that BIKE is before CAR.

Rule 2 states that TRAIN is after BIKE.

So, BIKE comes before CAR and TRAIN.

Therefore, BIKE must be first.

The Category Reasoning Test – Pass the Army Tests

Category Reasoning determines how well you can memorise rules, then apply them to data.

This is somewhat similar to the logical reasoning test, but is more challenging since you need to bear more things in mind.

Each question will give you three rules that you will need to memorise. Then, the screen will change, and the three rules will disappear. You’ll then be given your 8 answer options.

You need to pick the group that follows the three rules that you have memorised.

The Category Reasoning Test – Sample Question

The best way to work through these questions is by process of elimination.

Starting with Rule 1, ‘Fruit before Vegetable’, you can rule out the answer options which show vegetables appearing higher than fruit.

Moving onto Rule 2, ‘Food before Number’. Rule out any answer options which show numbers appearing above food.

This leaves us with two answer options. So, we apply Rule 3: ‘Odd before Even’.

Rule out the answer option which shows an even number appearing above an odd number.

Conclusion – Pass the Army Tests

So, you now know how to answer the test questions that you will face in your Army Cognitive Tests. If you want to pass the Army tests, then it’s vital that you learn these in detail.

If you want more, check out our fantastic Army Aptitude Tests workbook. It contains explanations, sample questions, and a plethora of practice questions to help you pass the Army Cognitive Tests.

You can also check out our online testing suite, which contains plenty of Army Cognitive Test questions. Get access to our Army Aptitude Tests Testing Suite now!

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Listen to the following video podcast by Richard McMunn where he gives you his top 5 insider tips for passing the police officer selection process (the audio transcription and useful links are below the video, contained within the text):

Introduction: Qualifications Needed To Become A Train Driver

Hello there, everybody!

My name is Richard McMunn from How2Become.com. In this audio blog post I am going to answer a very common question that gets asked all of the time by trainee train driver applicants.

The question is: “Do I need any formal qualifications to become a train driver?”

Now, the great news is you do not need to have any formal qualifications to be a train driver. However, there are a number of other things that you will need. There are five things in particular and I am going to cover them in this audio blog post.

If you have any questions relating to the trainee train driver selection process, or about the role of the train driver when you are applying, please put your questions in the comments section at the bottom of this web page. If you also need any further advice about the qualifications needed to become a train driver, please just ask me!

So, like I say there are no formal qualification requirements to become a train driver, so let’s have a look at the five things that you’re going to need in order to pass.

NUMBER 1 – MEET THE MINIMUM AGE TO BECOME A TRAIN DRIVER

First and foremost, you will have to meet the minimum eligibility requirements in respect of age.

Most train operating companies require you to be a minimum age of 21 before you can apply. Some people say to me: “Richard, I’m 40 or even 50 years old, can I still apply?” And the answer is: ABSOLUTELY YES!

If you think about it, if you’re in your 30s, 40s, or even 50s, the chances are you will have vast amounts of experience to put into this role. And therefore, I am not saying it’s going to be easier for you to pass the selection process, but as you’ll see as we get through this blog page, evidence and previous work experience is absolutely vital.

What you have to bear in mind if you are of a certain age is that there is a set retirement age that each train operating company will have.

Let’s assume the retirement age is 60. If you’re 55 and applying to become a train driver, they’re not going to get many years out of you. So, you have to bear that in mind.

I always say to people, just apply and see what happens. Now there are a lot of people applying for every train driver position that gets advertised. So, when a train operating company puts out a job advert there will be literally a few hundred applicants for every single position that is advertised.

Now even though it’s tough to become a train driver, if you follow the information on this page and also in particular the one that I’m going to give you at number five, then your chances of success when applying to become a train driver will dramatically increase.

So, the first one is the age requirements.

NUMBER 2 – THE QUALITIES REQUIRED TO BECOME A TRAIN DRIVER

The second tip in what qualifications are needed to become a train driver, is that you have to have the relevant qualities. The list is quite comprehensive, and it includes:

  • Being safety conscious.
  • Operating in a highly safety-critical role.

If you have any kind of qualifications or experience in relation to safety critical roles, then the more the better. If you have any health and safety qualifications, fantastic. I have known some people who apply to become train drivers to go out there and get a health and safety qualification to improve their chances of success.

  • Learn large amounts of job relevant information.

When you pass the selection process, you will then go on an in-depth trainee train driver course which can last a couple of years, during which you have to pass a number of exams.

  • Work alone unsupervised and concentrate intently.

You also have to be able to work alone unsupervised for long periods of time and concentrate intently on one particular task.

  • Remain calm in emergency situations.
  • Follow rules and procedures.
  • Provide excellent customer service

Remember, train operating companies are providing a service and you have to be great at customer service if you are to become a train driver!

So, that’s just a few of the qualities that are required to become a train driver and you will be assessed against every one of those during the selection process.

NUMBER 3 – A FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO WORKING AS TRAINEE TRAIN DRIVER

The third thing that you will need in regards to the qualifications needed to become a train driver, is a flexible approach to work.

Now, what I mean by that is that train drivers are required to work unsociable hours, at weekends in the evenings. Therefore, you need to be sure that you can work the hours required. You may also have to live within a certain distance of the train station where you’ll be operating.

Some train operating companies require you to live within 30 minutes of the train station or the train depot. So, you will need to check with the train operating company you are applying for.

NUMBER 4 – PASS THE TRAIN DRIVER TESTS

Number four: you have to pass a series of tough train driver tests and these include:

  • Concentration type tests.
  • Ability types tests.
  • Learn and retain information tests.
  • Fast reaction tests.
  • Situational judgment test.

To practice the above tests, check out our fantastic guide on the Train Driver Tests! 

NUMBER 5 – EVIDENCE-BASED RESPONSES TO THE TRAIN DRIVER APPLICATION FORM AND INTERVIEWS

Now, the final thing that you will need is to provide evidence of where you meet each of the train driver assessable qualities.

And this includes, when you’re applying and completing the train driver application form and also both sets of interviews. So, you will get asked behavioural type questions such as:

“When have you worked as part of a team?”

“Can you give an example of when you reacted to an emergency situation?”

“Can you give an example of when you communicated a difficult message to a group of people?”

It’s no good saying: “Well, if I was in this situation this is what I would do!” You have to have been in these kinds of situations and that is the difference between the top 1 percent of applicants who want to become a train driver, and the rest who fail.

So, it’s really important that you provide evidence.

Now, how do you do that? Our comprehensive insider’s guide will help you to pass and navigate the tough train driver selection process. My advice is to get a copy of it! You can start learning literally within two minutes from now!

So, don’t forget take a look around the website and make sure you follow those five important bits for passing the train driver selection process. Thank you for reading. If you’re looking for a seriously in-depth study of the train driver process, why not check out our fantastic course? This insider’s course will cover everything you need in order to become a train driver! 

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Listen to the following video podcast by Richard McMunn where he gives you his top 5 insider tips for passing the police officer selection process (the audio transcription and useful links are below the video contained within the text).

5 TIPS FOR PASSING THE POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCESS

Hello, my name is Richard McMunn. Within this audio blog I am going to give you five brilliant tips for helping you to pass the police officer selection process.

So, please do listen to this audio file from beginning to end and also use the links and videos and other resources that I have provided you with on this blog page. These are guaranteed to increase your chances of passing the selection process to become a Police Officer.

The tips are relevant to every single stage of the selection process. This includes the police officer application form, the assessment centre, the written tests, and also the interviews.

When I say “interviews”, I am referring to the assessment centre interview and also the police officer final interview which some may have to attend. So, all of the tips are relevant to every single stage of the process.

Before I get into the five tips, I want you to believe in yourself. I want you to work hard and I want you to do everything that you can to put yourself ahead of the competition when you are applying to become a police officer. We all know that the selection process is tough and it is highly competitive! However, we’ve found methods for how to pass the police officer selection process.

Being a police officer is an attractive role, so therefore, you have to work hard to improve your skills, provide evidence, and also prepare fully for every single stage of the process.

But trust me, it is a fantastic career and it is worth putting the effort in. So, I’m going to help you to pass the police officer selection process. Here are my five tips.

POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCESS TIP NUMBER 1 – Core Competencies

You have to learn, understand, and apply the core competencies at every stage of the police officer selection process.

So, the core competencies are effectively the blueprint for the role of a police officer. They have created these because the competencies are what the police expect you to be able to demonstrate during the selection process.

So, the competencies are:

#1 – Emotionally aware

#2 – Taking ownership

#3 – Working collaboratively

#4 – Deliver, support and inspire

#5 – Analysing information critically.

#6 – Innovative and open-minded.

The Importance of the Police Officer Core Competencies

It is really important that you learn them, make sure the ones that I’ve given you are relevant to the police force that you are applying to join. Also, make sure that you learn, understand and apply them during every stage. This is to ensure you have the best chance to pass the police officer selection process. That is how you are going to be assessed.

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POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCESS TIP NUMBER 2 – Fitness vs. Competencies. Using the 75/25 principle.

Fitness is really important, but it is not, in my opinion, as important as the core competencies.

Many people will spend a lot of time running and spending time working to improve their fitness to become a police officer.

My advice to you is to work on the 75/25 principle.

You should spend 75 percent of your time developing and providing evidence based around the core competencies. Then, spend 25 percent of your time developing your fitness levels.

With regards to your fitness levels, my advice is to do a combination of these things.

FAST WALKING – Try and aim for 10000 steps a day. There are a number of apps you can use on your phone to assess the number of steps you’re doing – Here’s an app you can use to monitor your steps – STEPZ.

BLEEP TEST – The second thing is get a copy of the bleep test, or the multi-stage fitness test, and aim to get as high as possible.

You will find, if you do purchase a copy of the bleep test, your scores will increase considerably, the more you practice it.

Purchase a copy of the Bleep Test here.

So, buy the bleep test, but also buy a tape measure to map out the length of the track you are running. You can purchase a copy of the tape measure to line up the 15 metre or 20 metre bleep test here.

The other kind of fitness to do in your police officer selection process preparation is outdoor running and also indoor rowing.

You don’t have to go and buy a recurring gym membership, but there is a website called HUSSLE. You pay every time you use a gym in your local area.

So, the second tip is: fitness is important but not as important as the competencies. And as I mentioned, my advice is to work on the 75/25 principle: 75 percent of your time developing the competencies and 25 percent developing fitness.

Click here to super-charge your preparation with our How to Become a Police Officer Online Course.

POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCESS TIP NUMBER 3 – Evidence-Based Competencies

OK, so for example, competency number three is working collaboratively. This is essentially asking if you are able to work with other people as part of a team.

The police force will require you to work with other police officers and also with external stakeholders too. These include, the fire service, the ambulance service, the ,local authorities, social services – the list goes on.

Now, some individuals are not capable of working with others, but you will be able to. The way that you demonstrate that during the police officer selection process is to provide evidence of where you have already done that before.

So, for example, one of the interview questions might be:

“Can you give an example of when you’ve worked with other people as part of the team to complete a difficult task?”

Now you have to give evidence and the way to match that is to use the STAR technique when responding to those interview questions.

The way to achieve that is by providing evidence based on the situation you are in, the tasks that had to be done, the action that needed to be done and then you tell them the result.

For example, police competency 5 is ‘analysing critically’. So, one of the interview questions might be you are able to use information to make the right decision in order to solve a difficult problem. So, the question could be:

“Can you give an example of when you used information to make the right decision in order to solve a difficult problem?” This assesses your ability to analyse critically.

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POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCESS TIP NUMBER 4 – Work in your local community

Tip number four is working in your community.

What are the issues facing your community? My advice is to volunteer and go and work in your community.

Now there is a brilliant government website available where you can volunteer in your local area and it is called Do-It.Org.

So, when you go along to the interview and they ask you questions, or when you complete the police application form, you can say that you have been volunteering in your local community. You can say that you’ve gained insight from volunteering. It is also giving you evidence that you can use based on the assessable core competencies from becoming a police officer.

POLICE OFFICER SELECTION PROCESS TIP NUMBER 5 – Get the edge over the other applicants!

This is one of the most important tips. Obviously, you are being assessed against many other candidates. There will be a lot of people applying for a small number of police officer roles. On that basis my advice is to get a copy of my guide.

It’s called The Insider’s Guide to Becoming a Police Officer

It covers every stage of the police officer selection process from how to complete the police application form, including sample answers, sample tests, insider tips and advice and also test questions for the assessment centre.

It will also help you to pass every police interview, whether it’s the assessment centre interview or the final interview.

Now this guide has been out for over 14 years. Every year it gets updated. It is the number one best-selling book on the internet for passing the police officer selection process.

It’s got over 130 positive reviews and there are many people finding success through it.

We run a series of police officer training courses to help accelerate your preparation: Police Course.

So, I hope you enjoyed that blog post, please comment at the bottom. There is an area for you to add your comments at the bottom this blog. If you’ve got any questions, please far away. And we’ll be happy to help you and advise you.

My name’s been Richard McMunn, and I wish you all the very best in your pursuit to passing the police officer selection process.

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Looking to join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth citizen? Read on to find out what you need to do to join!

Since November 2018, the British Armed forces has opened its doors to foreign nationals and Commonwealth citizens. While Commonwealth citizens were previously legible to join the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, or Army, the Armed Forces are accepting more applications from Commonwealth citizens.

To be precise, 1,350 new positions per year have been opened for Commonwealth citizens who wish to join the Armed Forces. 1,000 of these spaces are allotted to the Army. 300 for the Royal Navy, and 50 for the Royal Air Force. This number may increase in the future.

Eligibility to Join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth Citizen

Joining the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth citizen is more viable now with the increased Commonwealth recruiting numbers. However, there are still eligibility criteria you must meet before you can join:

  • Nationality – To join the Royal Navy, you must be either a British citizen, British national, British/Dual national, Commonwealth citizen, or Irish Republic national;
  • Age Requirements – To join the Royal Navy as a UK citizen, you must be aged 16-36 years old. If you are a Commonwealth citizen, you must be at least 18 years old.
  • Passport – Commonwealth citizens must hold a valid passport.
List of Commonwealth Countries

If you are a citizen of any of the following countries, then you are eligible to join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth citizen: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Brunei Darussalem, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Conclusion – Join the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth Citizen

Now you know what it takes to begin your application for the Royal Navy as a Commonwealth citizen. If you’d like to learn more, check out our guide: How to Join the Royal Navy.

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