Preliminary interview gateway

Following the ability and psychometric testing, applicants deemed suitable to progress may be invited to attend an interview.

Interviews may be conducted face to face or via video or phone and are normally conducted by a panel of each interview will be sworn and unsworn members of the AFP.

Applicants for entry level recruit roles are assessed against key selection criteria being: 

  • self-management and personal drive
  • communication
  • teamwork and relationships
  • leadership
  • integrity (assessed through employment suitability questionnaire and security assessment)   

At interview applicants will be asked specific and realistic scenario and behavioural questions.

Preparation is essential

The interview is your opportunity to show why you are the best person for the job.

As with any job interview, applicants are encouraged to understand the role they are applying for and that of the broader AFP in Australia and internationally, and are encouraged to visit the AFP and ACT Policing websites.

You should try to identify specific examples that showcase your skills, experience and qualities against these criteria. AFP Recruitment will advise of you of interview details.

Following interviews, applicants will be rated for their suitability for an entry level role – either as Police Officer or Protective Service Officer. As these processes are extremely competitive, often with a large number of applicants being assessed for a small number of positions on a recruit course the AFP is unable to provide comprehensive feedback on your interview performance.

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