RCMP RFI – When should I start to prepare?
The RCMP RFI (Right Fit Interview) is a key component to the overall RCMP applicant process, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So, when should you start focusing on getting ready? As soon as you decide to apply to become a member of the RCMP? Yes!
Don’t wait until you are notified that you have an interview date. I’m hearing from my clients that applicants are getting as little as one week’s notice that they are scheduled for an interview. And one week is not much time if you are just beginning your preparation.
So what can you do now to start this all important preparation?
- There are eight competencies the RCMP assesses during the RCMP RFI. Do your research and learn more about these competencies and understand the definitions.
- Two types of questions are used to assess whether you meet these competencies. Behavioural and Situational. Learn what that means and how you formulate your answers.
- Once you learn what the competencies are, and understand the definitions, start gathering stories from past experiences that you can use when answering the Behavioural questions to demonstrate that you meet each of the competencies.
- Look at each competency, i.e. problem solving, and ask yourself, “What have I recently done that demonstrates that I meet this competency?”
- Once you identify the story, start to formulate it using the model that the RCMP uses: STAR (Situation Task Action Result)
- Once you have identified your stories, now start practicing delivering them. It’s not good enough to just decide what story you will use. You have to be able to articulate that information to the interviewer, in an organized, concise manner, using the STAR model.
As you can see, there are definitely steps you can take now to start the preparation for this all important interview. The point of this is, don’t wait. If you wait until you are invited to the interview, you will quickly learn that you don’t have enough time to adequately prepare yourself. And once you have started the preparation phase, don’t be afraid to reach out for some additional support. Find someone who has recently and successfully been through this process, or engage the services of an experienced Certified Professional Career Coach who has expertise in this type of interview. Again, don’t wait until you receive the invitation to interview to get help.
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