Before you apply, you should carefully 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 first stage is simple. You will need to fill out and submit an online registration form and then complete our application form, which covers our minimum academic and personal eligibility criteria for the role.
You can find these forms on the next page in this section ('Apply now').
Select 'MOGP' (Met Officer Gateway Programme) on the forms and ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. When we get your application we will conduct a basic security check, which will take around seven days. Should you be unsuccessful in your application because you have not met the minimum academic criteria, you may be signposted to other available roles within the Met.
You will also complete a short assessment online. The Apollo Behavioural Skills questionnaire will check if you have the key behavioural skills required to be a police officer.
The online assessment process consists of three exercises designed for the efficient assessment and recruitment of police constables.
Part 1: Competency based interview
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 police constables. 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 2: Written assessment and briefing exercise
Part 2a: Written assessment
In this exercise, you will assume the role of a police constable 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 a police constable 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 stages 3a and 3b separately.
You can complete the exercises on any internet enabled device with a camera, such as a laptop, tablet or phone. To ensure full compatibility with the online platform, the following should be set up:
Your operating system should be Windows 7 or higher, or Mac OS 10.11 or higher.
Your browser should be the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome, or Safari for Apple products only.
You should have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed, and you will need a webcam and microphone to record responses.
If you have any condition that might cause you to be disadvantaged during the online assessment process, temporary or otherwise, such as pregnancy, injury, or disability including dyslexia, 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 team, SSCL, to make them aware. Their contact details can be found further down this page, in the 'offer of employment' section. 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.
After successfully completing your online assessment centre, the next phase will include an in-force assessment, including role-play exercises and then a health and medical assessment.
The two parts of stage 3 may not necessarily take place on the same day.
After completing your online assessment centre, you’ll be invited to complete an additional Met specific interview. The interview includes two role-play exercises that have been designed to closely simulate typical policing scenarios. You’ll be assessed on your response.
The best way to prepare for the role play exercises is to familiarise yourself with the competency and values framework. This will be sent out to you via email and is also available via the candidate portal.
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 multistage shuttle run (MSSR) and individuals need to achieve level 5.4, which is the aerobic requirement of officer safety training.
You will then undergo both employer and personal reference checks and CTC security checks to gain security clearance.
The background checks that we conduct here are more in-depth than those conducted at eligibility stage via the Police National Computer. We search many national and local information databases. It is essential that you are open, honest and transparent with us when completing the initial recruitment application form and the vetting questionnaire form towards the end of the process.
Not disclosing information on your vetting form may delay you joining or even mean your application is rejected. If in doubt, seek advice and/or declare the information on your forms.
You will receive a finalised, formal offer once your pre-employment and vetting checks have been passed successfully. We will then contact you to confirm arrangements for your start date in March 2023.
The recruitment process can take several months from start to finish. It is essential you complete what is required of you at each stage promptly. This will ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. If you have any questions or concerns call our recruitment team on 01633 632500 or live chat with our recruitment team (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).