Garda Interview Preparation

Let us help you achieve your dream career!

GardaIP has helped thousands of candidates to succeed in the selection stages of Garda Trainee recruitment campaigns.

Our courses are the best in the market with the highest success rate. We offer expert tuition led and designed by former Garda Superintendent Noel McLoughlin.

Want to be a Garda? Listen to Noel McLoughlin’s interview with Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio

The Garda Recruitment Process Explained

Understand the Garda Recruitment Process and Stages.
We break it down in simple language and then explain where GardaIP can assist you to achieve your dream career!​

Our Courses

GardaIP are with you all the way!

Garda to Sergeant Psychometric Tests

Our Online Tutorials​ will prepare you with total confidence to be ready to sit the new Garda to Sergeant Psychometric Tests

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement


Garda Trainee Application Form Assistance

As the numbers of potential candidates are so large, your Garda Trainee application is your first opportunity to stand out from the crowd and should be carefully written. GardaIP can help maximise your application to best showcase your skills and abilities.


Garda Trainee Stage 1

Our Online Tutorials will prepare you with total confidence to be ready to take the Assessment Questionnaire and the Garda Trainee Aptitude tests (Verbal & Logical Reasoning) Practice at your own pace around your own schedule – on the go or in your own home!


Garda Trainee Stage 2 Assessment Centre

Our Online Tutorials​ will prepare you with total confidence to be ready to sit the Garda Trainee Aptitude tests (Verbal & Logical Reasoning), Job Simulation Exercises, and Report Writing. Practice at your own pace around your own schedule – on the go or in your own home!​


Garda Trainee Stage 3 Competency Interview

GardaIP offers a dedicated one-to-one session (Face-to-Face or Video Conference) on preparing for the Trainee Stage 3 Competency Interview. Beware of classroom tuition – Remember, you will be interviewed by the Garda Selection Board as an individual, not as a group.


Garda Sergeant Competency Interview

GardaIP offers a dedicated one-to-one session (Face-to-Face or Zoom) to prepare you for the Stage 2 Garda Sergeant Competency Interview.  Benefit from my expertise in articulating your relevant examples for each competency and how to give structured, succinct, informative evidence on how your examples relate to the role of a Garda Sergeant.


Course Directors


Noel McLoughlin

Former Garda Superintendent Noel McLoughlin established GardaIP in 2006. Since then GardaIP has grown to become the premier and most trusted source for Garda Preparation courses.

Noel McLoughlin, a native of Westport Co Mayo, retired from An Garda Siochana after a distinguished career. He served at various ranks in the Dublin Metropolitan Area, and in Divisions of Cavan/Monaghan, Cork, Westmeath, Garda HQ, and Community Relations.

He was a member of the Garda Interview Panel at the Public Appointments Service (PAS) since its inception in 1996.

Noel also served on numerous interview boards for internal appointments within the organisation. He is a past President of the Association of Garda Superintendents and has had extensive media exposure throughout his career.

Noel is a regular contributor to national media discussions on the Garda Recruitment process and has featured on RTE TV and RTE Radio, TV3, Today FM, and Newstalk.

Contact Noel McLoughlin on 087 250 8958


Noel-John McLoughlin
Recognising a gap in the market for quality Garda Entry Preparation, Noel-John McLoughlin established Garda Interview Preparation in 2006. 

Holding an EMCC accredited Advanced Diploma in Executive Coaching, McLoughlin has mentored and prepared a significant number of candidates for both public and private sector appointments specialising in matching competencies against individual skill sets and personal achievements.

Noel-John McLoughlin is qualified to British Psychological Society standards in Psychometric Testing. He has tutored candidates for Aptitude Tests and Competency Interviews from recruitment level to senior management positions in large public and private sector organizations.

McLoughlin has held senior marketing and commercial positions with L’Oreal, Britvic, and Failte Ireland.

He holds a Bachelor of Business & Law from UCD, a Masters in Marketing from the Michael Smurfit School of Business, and a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland. Noel-John was also nominated by Business & Finance magazine as one of the top 100 Marketers in Ireland.

Contact Noel-John McLoughlin on 086 838 6791