Before you apply, you should read through the following sections to prepare yourself so that your application has the best chance of success. The different steps of the recruitment process are detailed below, so you know what to expect at each stage.
The Met has been, and will continue to, follow the advice issued by government in relation to how we should all respond given the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result, we have moved the majority of our assessment processes online.
Stage 2: Online assessment centre
The online assessment process consists of a three-part approach designed for the efficient assessment and recruitment of officers. The three parts are:
You will be asked a series of questions about how you have dealt with specific situations in the past. This is your opportunity to provide some examples of the key competencies and values that are important for officers. You can use examples from both your work and your personal life. If you have completed stage 1, you will be required to take stage 2 immediately upon completion.
Part 2a – Written assessment
In this exercise, you will assume the role of an officer and will have to complete an urgent written task for your line manager. You will receive four items of information to help you with this task.
Part 2b – Briefing exercise
In this exercise, you will assume the role of an officer and will have responsibility for dealing with some issues presented to you. You will be tasked with providing a response to a number of questions in relation to this issue. You will be provided with preparation materials to consider your answer.
Please note that you will receive and be able to take parts 2a and 2b separately.
If successful at the online assessment centre, you will be required to sit a detective specific assessment, which has been designed to replicate the tasks and scope of work you’ll face when in the role.
Please note, details of the Detective bolt-on exercise will be sent separately, and following your online assessment centre
If you have any condition that might cause you to be disadvantaged during the online assessment process, temporary or otherwise (e.g. pregnancy, injury, disability including dyslexia, etc.), you may be entitled to accommodation or reasonable adjustment.
Any accommodation or reasonable adjustment provided for the online assessment process will be based on the supporting information provided to us in a relevant report, produced by an appropriately qualified professional. Reasonable adjustments may include additional time in the exercises or other adjustments as recommended by a specialist.
If you believe you may have a condition that could disadvantage you, please contact our recruitment partners, SSCL to make them aware, contact details can be found at the bottom of this page. They will be able to assist you with your application for accommodation or reasonable adjustment. For further information, please consult the College of policing policy on accommodations and reasonable adjustments for candidates attending the online assessment process.
Stage 3: Day Two in-force assessment (health assessment)
After successfully completing your online assessment centre, the next phase will include a medical and health assessment. These will take place face-to-face at our assessment centre.
You will be required to undertake a medical health assessment, carried out by a registered nurse and a fitness test.
The medical assessment will include eyesight, hearing and blood pressure tests. Further checks will be conducted and include DNA, fingerprint and substance misuse tests. You will also undertake a job specific fitness test.
You will also undergo our fitness test. The fitness test is a multi-stage shuttle run (MSSR) and individuals need to achieve level 5.4 (which is the aerobic requirement of officer safety training).
You can download the Met's six week training programme to make sure you can complete the job related fitness test.