Developing Self – RCMP Applicant Interview Competency 1
Over the next several weeks, I am going to write a series of articles targeting each of the eight competencies that the RCMP assesses during the application process. These eight competencies have been selected to determine if you are the “right fit” to be a police officer.
The first competency is Developing Self. “Developing Self” is designed to establish if you are interested in and committed to continuous learning, that you can recognize personal strengths and learning needs, and engage in self-development opportunities.
During the “right fit” interview (formerly the Regular Member Selection Interview), you will be asked behavioural and situational questions.
“Developing Self” for Behavioural Based Questions
Behavioural based questions target past experiences that demonstrate that you strive to continually learn.
For example, you might be asked a question about recent goals that you have established and what steps you took to ensure that you accomplished those goals. You might even be asked about the steps you took to prepare for the application process to become an RCMP officer.
It’s important that you think about all of the things you have done recently that speak to your willingness to continually improve. Did you:
- do volunteer work to learn more skills?
- go back to school at some point to upgrade your education? Or take courses to supplement your existing education?
- request extra responsibilities from your supervisor so you could develop new skills?
- proactively seek new learning opportunities?
All of these examples speak to your willingness to learn. When answering these questions, you will articulate your example using the S*T*A*R principle.
“Developing Self” for Situational Based Questions
Situational based questions are hypothetical scenarios given to assess what steps you would take should you find yourself in that situation.
The interviewer will provide you with a scenario and ask what action you would take if faced with that situation, why you would take that action and what factors you considered. This is called the A*R*C principle.
You might be asked how you would handle receiving negative feedback from a supervisor, or what you would do if you were passed over for a promotion.
When answering these questions, think of the action as a series of steps that you would take to accomplish the overriding action. Then focus on why you took those steps and what factors you considered when making those decisions.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider when focusing on this one competency. Have your examples ready and practice delivering them using S*T*A*R. Come up with scenarios on your own and practice answering them using the A*R*C principle.
You could practice at home in front of a video recorder so you can play back and observe your performance. Or you can find someone who is experienced in conducting competency based police interviews, i.e police officers experienced in recruiting, or you can engage the services of a Certified Professional Career Coach experienced in conducting this type of interview to help you work through the process.
Catch up on all parts of this series: RCMP Competencies.
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