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From former Superintendent Noel McLoughlin

Application Form Success

Preparing the Garda Trainee Application Form I cannot emphasise enough the importance of preparing a well-constructed and professional Garda Trainee Application Form. The form provides you with a gilt edged opportunity to present your personal achievements to date that demonstrates the competencies and necessary skills & qualities required for a career in An Garda Siochana. […]

The Stage 1 & Stage 2 Garda Assessment:

The Garda Assessment Test Candidates who hope to become new Garda recruits will enter a multi-stage process. Stage 1 will involve Aptitude tests and a personality testto discover some of the more hidden personality traits of each candidate, as well as discovering more about each candidate’s skills. Can I get Help with Aptitude and Psychometric […]

What is Psychometric Testing and why do Gardaí use it?

There have been a huge number of people apply to An Garda Síochana for 2018 – over 6,000 people, in fact. As part of the comprehensive selection process, psychometric testing is used to help narrow down the huge pool of candidates. Joining the Gardaí is a huge decision, and the role of a police officer […]

Advantages of GardaIP for Interview Preparation

There are many benefits to utilising the services of Garda IP for preparation for your Garda Interview, but one of the most beneficial elements must be the one-on-one coaching. Although Garda IP is no longer the only Garda Interview Preparation course on the block, it is the only one offering the 100% dedicated one-to-one tutoring […]

Garda Interview Preparation from High Ranking Officer

97% Success Rating from Garda Interview Preparation If you want to maximise your chances of succeeding in the crucial the interview stage in the application process to join An Garda Síochana, you now have the option to get the very best of tips, hints and coaching from a retired high-ranking officer. ‘Garda IP’ is an […]

Do Members of the Garda Reserves get Preference when Applying for An Garda Síochana?

People often wonder if those in the Garda Reserves get preferential treatment in the application process to become a full time Garda Answers from the Oireachtas The answer is on record in the Written Answers from the Department of Justice and Equality as follows: May 19th 2015 “To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality her views on […]

The Key Qualities of a Good Garda

Many of the on-the-job skills required of a member of An Garda Síochána are taught throughout the comprehensive and intensive training process. All of those skills will be reinforced daily once on the job, as the mentorship and collegiate nature of being a member of the force is a continual factor. However, there are certain […]

Top Five Reasons to Join An Garda Síochána

Are you considering a career with An Garda Síochána? If the idea of a job that is constantly fascinating, rewarding and varied interests you, becoming a member of An Garda Síochána may be an excellent career option. From the Gaelic meaning ‘the Guardian of the Peace’, to be a member of An Garda Síochána is […]

NOW OPEN: 2019 Garda Campaign

A new 2019 Garda Recruitment Campaign has been launched by the Minister of Justice for Garda Trainees. The Public Appointments Service are the centralised recruiter for an Garda Síochána and will process candidates on their behalf. Applications can only be made on the PAS website. A full list of eligibility criteria can be found in the official Information […]

The Physical Test – Requirements for An Garda Síochana

There used to be a height requirement to join the Gardaí, where a male officer had to be over five feet, nine inches and a female officer over five feet, five inches. This was abolished in 2001 and replaced with a more practical physical competence test, bringing Ireland’s police force into line with similar moves […]

Expert Tips on Preparing for the Garda Trainee Interview

The interview is usually the first opportunity An Garda Siochana has to meet you. Therefore, you want to make a good impression. Your goal is to convince them that you possess the qualities of a good Garda. Before you even enter the interview room, there are several things you will want to consider in preparation […]

Garda Pay Scale and Benefits

Garda Trainees will receive an allowance of €184 per week for the 34 weeks of training at the Garda Training College Templemore.  €184 may sound like a small sum but it’s important to note that accommodation and food is provided free of charge by the Garda College. Garda Trainees attest or graduate from Phase 1 […]

10 Expert Tips for your Stage 3 Garda Trainee Interview

The Stage 3 Panel Interviews are set to commence mid-August.  Here are my top tips to succeed at this critical stage of the application process.   Ensure that you have prepared yourself well in advance for the interview by doing your research on the key requirements and responsibilities of a Garda Trainee. One of the […]

What are Core Competencies for An Garda Síochana Trainees?

What are Core Competencies for An Garda Síochana Trainees? All levels of An Garda Síochana now use competency-based interviews to determine the merits and suitability of candidates. From potential new recruits, to serving Gardaí who want to apply for specialist units or internal promotion, everyone has to master competency- based interview techniques as they are […]

Garda Trainee Stage 3 InterviewTips

The first batch of successful Stage 2 candidates will be notified this week  about their Stage 3 Panel Interviews at the PAS offices in Dublin. It’s both an exciting and daunting time for applicants as they navigate competency based interviews, often for the first time! In advance of being called for your Stage 3 Competency […]