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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:

  1. adaptability/decisiveness 
  2. initiative/perseverance 
  3. interpersonal skills 
  4. organizational skills 
  5. stress management 
  6. 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 5 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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