Flexibility – RCMP Applicant Interview Competency 2
As I continue my series breaking down the eight RCMP Applicant Interview (Formerly Regular Member Selection Interview)Competencies, we are going to focus on Flexibility. As I stated in my previous post, going through the RCMP Application Process and getting ready for the “Right Fit” (RCMP Applicant) Interview can be one of the most challenging stages of the process, and one not to be taken lightly.
At the interview, you will be asked behavioural and situational questions that will be used to assess if you meet this competency.
Taken from the RCMP Preparatory Guide for the Regular Member Selection Interview, the goal of these questions will be to establish if you can:
…change behaviours in light of new ideas …” and “…work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals or groups of diverse backgrounds …” “Can you change gears or drop tasks unexpectedly when circumstances demand it?”
“Flexibility” for Behavioural Based Questions
The behavioural based question will target your past experiences that demonstrate that you can be flexible.
For example, you might be asked a question that asks about how you modified your plans at the start of a project or task because you received new information. Or you might be asked to talk about a time when you had to change your point of view because of other information that you received.
When you are preparing for the interview, think about all of the times that you were flexible in dealing with certain situations. This doesn’t just have to be work related examples. You can use volunteer time, sporting events, or periods during your education. As long as you have several stories prepared that you can use during the interview that demonstrate you can be flexible.
Remember, when answering these questions, you will articulate your example using the S*T*A*R principle.
“Flexibility” for Situational Based Questions
The situational question will be a hypothetical scenario that will assess how you would handle a certain situation.
The interviewer will provide you with a scenario and ask what you would do. You will respond by stating the action that 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 get a question that asks what you would do if you were going to be late for work for reasons that were outside of your control. Or what you would do if you were assigned a new task or project prior to a previous one being completed.
Situational questions can be somewhat lengthy, so you have to be careful to pay attention to the entire question and focus on the parts that are relevant. Think about the action as a series of steps, then state why you would do those steps and what you considered at each stage.
As you can see, there is a lot to consider when focusing on this one competency. And as I continue to stress, you must be prepared. Have your examples ready and practice delivering them using S*T*A*R. Come up with sample scenarios on your own and practice answering them using the A*R*C principle.
Catch up on all parts of this series: RCMP Competencies.
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