The following information is designed to give anyone who applied to join the Service in the latest round of recruitment an indication of the recruitment process, what to expect and what is required of you. It is a staged process and, should you be successful, you will be assessed over the period covering 6 November to 5 December 2017.
Within the online registration process you will be required to complete:
Candidate Registration, where you register your details
Realistic Job Preview, here you are presented with 11 scenarios
Eligibility Screen, here you must answer basic questions to see whether you are eligible to apply:
- Whether you are over the age of 17 years and 6 months
- Whether you have the right to work in the UK
- Whether you have any unspent criminal convictions
- Whether you have any court judgements outstanding against you
- Whether you wear glasses or contact lenses
Once you have completed the online registration and eligibility screen, you will receive an e-mail from our online system ‘Apollo’ advising you of how you can log back into the system when you are invited to complete the online assessments. Please check your inbox and Junk Mail box for emails from Apollo Online Assessment.
The next stage of the process is the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ) and, should you be eligible with your application, you will be invited to complete this on 14 November 2017 at 12noon. Please note the deadline to complete this assessment will be 20 November at 12noon. If you are unable to complete this assessment within this time period, we will not be able to consider your application any further. This assessment is not timed, you should allow approximately 15-20 minutes to complete this in a quiet location. This assessment explores your preferred behaviours in a working environment. No revision or additional study is required for this element.
Should you successfully pass the Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ), you will be invited to complete the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) on 21 November 2017. The deadline to complete this online assessment will be 27 November 2017. If you are unable to complete this assessment within this time period, we will not be able to consider your application any further. This assessment is not timed. You should allow approximately 30 minutes to complete this assessment in a quiet location. The Situational Judgement Test measures your judgement and decision making skills in situations that are typical in the Fire and Rescue Service. No knowledge or experience as a Firefighter is required to complete this test and no prior revision is needed.
If you meet the requirements of the above online assessments, you will be invited to complete the Ability Tests on 28 November 2017 at 12noon. The deadline for this assessment is 4 December 2017 at 12noon. These assessments are timed and it is advised you complete them in a quiet location.
This stage involves completing a series of tests, examples of which are provided below:
Numerical Reasoning – This test measures your ability to understand, interpret and logically evaluate numerical information. You will be presented with graphs, charts and numerical details and required to make calculations on the information presented. There are 18 questions within this assessment are you will have 18 minutes to complete this.
Mechanical Reasoning – This test measures your ability to apply general mechanical principles that supports practical problem solving. You will be presented with a series of diagrams and asked to answer questions to demonstrate your understanding of the mechanical principles applicable. There are 20 questions within this assessment and it has a maximum time limit of 17 minutes.
Verbal Reasoning – This test measures your ability to understand and interpret written information. You will be presented with a passage of text and asked to answer questions to demonstrate your ability to interpret and analyse verbal information. There are 20 questions and you will have a maximum time limit of 15 minutes.
If you are successful at the Ability Tests, then you will be required to sit verification assessments during your assessment day.
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