The recruitment and selection process is designed to deliver Prison Officers who demonstrate the key skills and behaviours required to be effective members of our professional team. The recruitment process consist of four assessments which are designed to assess you against the following essential requirements;
- Experience in a people facing environment, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills.
- Excellent communications skills and team working abilities.
- An awareness of and commitment to the SPS Vision and Values.
- Resilience demonstrated through patience and considerate interactions.
Stage 1: Online Application
The process begins with an online application form which gathers information about you, including your motivation and the skills and experience you will bring to the job. Your application will be checked to ensure it is fully completed and that you are eligible to apply. While completing your application, please ensure that all the necessary information is completed and you are maximising the word count available.
Stage 2: Testing & Awareness Session
- Psychometric Testing: you will be invited to complete two timed ability tests (verbal and numerical).
- Awareness Session: this does not form part of the assessment process and is designed to give you an insight into the SPS and the role of the Prison Officer.
Stage 3: Application Form Assessment
If you are successful at psychometric testing, we will assess and score the evidence and examples that you provided in your application. It is important that you structure your examples using the STAR (Situation, Task, Action & Result) model, paying particular attention to your actions throughout.
Stage 4: Assessment Day
Competency Based Interview: you will be interviewed by SPS managers during which you will be assessed against the requirements of the role. This is your opportunity to evidence your skills and experience.
Fitness Test: you are required to take part in and pass a fitness test. This consists of;
- aerobic run: 600m on a treadmill
- upper body strength: on a dyno machine and must achieve 34kg
- grip strength: both dominant and non-dominant hands
- shield hold: 60 seconds
Stage 5: Pre-employment Checks
- Employer and character reference checks
- Disclosure Scotland checks
- Pre-employment medical assessment
- Substance misuse testing
- Social media vetting
Stage 6: Assignment Process
All applicants for the role of Prison Officer in Grampian will be fast-tracked through the above selection process with the view to being assigned, if successful, in February 2019.
For further information on the process, please click here.
If you have any questions in relation to the selection process for Prison Officer (HMP&YOI Grampian) then please contact Robbie Mason, Acting Resourcing Manager on Robert.Mason2@sps.pnn.gov.uk
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