Behavioural Descriptive Interview (BDI)
The guiding philosophy for a behavioural descriptive interview (BDI) is that past behaviour is the best predictor of future behaviour.
The EPS interviews and tests applicants around six competencies required for a patrol constable. Each behavioural question relates to an experience or event in an applicant’s past. At least one question will be asked for each of the six competencies:
- interpersonal skills
- organizational skills
- stress management
- valuing service and diversity
Applicants must clearly describe a particular experience, including how a situation was handled, and the end result. The BDI is conducted by retired members of the EPS who have worked in a variety of areas within the EPS and have specific interview training.
Common Interview Errors
Displaying any of the following may put an applicant’s interview in jeopardy:
- poor personal appearance;
- lack of tact and/or overconfidence;
- lack of interest and enthusiasm;
- failure to maintain eye contact (assertiveness);
- lack of preparation for interview;
- using examples that happened more than 5 years ago; and
- tardiness (always arrive five to 10 minutes early).
Appointments are booked through the recruiting office and applicants who successfully complete the BDI move on to Stage 5.
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