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From former Superintendent Noel McLoughlin

How to be successful in the Garda Trainee Stage 1 Written Exercise

The Written Exercise is designed to evaluate a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in writing and assess their critical thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. Candidates are required to provide well-structured and coherent written responses, demonstrating their understanding of the issues presented and their ability to analyse and articulate their thoughts effectively. The purpose of the […]

Garda Trainee Recruitment January 2024 – we’ve got you covered

A Garda Trainee Recruitment campaign will be launched in the New Year – 15th January 2024. The Government has committed to recruiting between 800 and 1,000 new Garda Trainees in 2024. The Cabinet approved increasing the age limit, and people between the ages of 18 and 50 will be able to apply to join An […]

Unveiling Success: The Crucial Role of Preparation for An Garda Síochána Stage 1 Assessments

Embarking on a career with An Garda Síochána is a commendable and challenging endeavour that requires dedication, commitment, and a thorough understanding of the rigorous selection process. At the heart of this process lies the Stage 1 Assessments, a pivotal step that demands meticulous preparation. In this article, we will delve into the significance of […]

Expert help to Pass the Stage 1 & Stage 2 Garda Trainee Online Assessments – Garda Recruitment 2024

The Garda Assessment Tests Candidates who hope to become new Garda recruits will enter a multi-stage process. Stage 1 will involve Aptitude tests and a Self-Assessment Questionnaire to 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 the Garda […]

The Physical Fitness Test – Requirements for An Garda Síochána Trainee Recruitment 2024

If you are successful at the Competency Interview and pass your Medical Assessment you will called forward to complete the Physical Fitness Test. Like everything else, you need to understand the requirements. What is the test? What components make up the test? Of course, you then need to prepare yourself accordingly.  Here is a video […]

Garda Interview Preparation from High Ranking Officer

95% 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 […]

Unlocking New Opportunities: Joining An Garda Síochána at 35 and Beyond

Joining An Garda Síochána, is a significant and rewarding career choice that can be pursued at any stage of life. While the common perception may be that law enforcement careers are reserved for the younger generation, the reality is that individuals aged 35 and above bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the […]

Garda Trainee Recruitment 2024 – Advantages of choosing GardaIP

There are many benefits to utilising the services of GardaIP for Stage 1 and Stage 2 preparation, but one of the most beneficial elements must be the one-on-one coaching. Although GardaIP is no longer the only Garda Entry Preparation provider in the market, they are the only provider offering 100% dedicated one-to-one tutoring and coaching. […]

The Key Qualities of a Garda – Join An Garda Síochána in 2024

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 […]

What are the Core Competencies for An Garda Síochána Trainees – Garda Trainee Recruitment 2024?

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 […]

Top Five Reasons to Join An Garda Síochána in 2024

Are you considering a career with An Garda Síochána? With an Garda Recruitment Campaign imminent, now is the time to reflect and ask yourself, what will a career in An Garda Síochána offer me? If the idea of a job that is constantly fascinating, rewarding and varied interests you, becoming a member of An Garda […]

Garda Trainee Recruitment 2024 – Completing your Application Form

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. […]

How do I join An Garda Síochána – Garda Trainee Recruitment 2024?

Without doubt this is the most common question we are asked at GardaIP. Let’s get in to the detail. What are the Eligibility Criteria for entry to An Garda Síochána: To be eligible for selection as a Trainee, an Applicant must: General (i) Be of good character. (ii) Be certified by a Registered Medical Practitioner […]

Garda Trainee Recruitment 2024 – Expert Tips for the Stage 2 Garda Trainee Interview

The interview is 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 for […]

An Garda Siochana Trainee Recruitment Campaign 2024

Last month as part of Budget 2023 commitments, the government announced that between 800 and 1,000 new Garda Trainees will be recruited in 2024.  This new Garda Trainee competition will be launched on January 15th 2024. This is fantastic news for applicants – you have been patiently waiting for an announcement. As the experts in […]

How to Ace the Stage 2 Garda Trainee Competency Interview

The first batch of Garda Trainee applicants will be invited to book their Stage 2 Interview in 2023. The PAS will be calling forward those candidates, who placed up to and including 454 on the order of merit (OOM), to interview as part of Batch 1. For those still in the ‘Waiting Room’, remember that […]

Garda Trainee Recruitment 2024 – The Stage 2 Competencies

In advance of being called for your Stage 2 Competency Interview here are my expert tips to help you prepare for the Panel Interview. Core Competencies for An Garda Síochana The Interview Panel will be looking for specific and relevant examples under the following competencies; Interpersonal Skills and Service Ethos Is motivated to serve others […]

When is the next Garda Recruitment Campaign – will it happen in 2023?

I was wrong!!  I predicted a Garda Recruitment campaign in late 2023 however it will be launched January 15th 2024. Ok so you are in the Waiting Room – I know exactly how you feel. You are concerned about the timing of the next Garda Recruitment Campaign. Unfortunately, as a private service provider, I cannot […]

APPLICATIONS OPENING SOON: 2024 Garda Recruitment Campaign

A new 2024 Garda Recruitment Campaign will open for applications on January 15th 2024. This will be the first recruitment campaign since An Garda Síochána increased the age limit from 35 to 50. Budget 2024 also provides for a 66% increase in the weekly training allowance for Garda Trainees. The Public Appointments Service (PAS) are […]

Garda Recruitment 2024: 1,000 more Gardaí to be recruited in 2024

An Garda Síochána will recruit between 800 and 1,000 new members in 2024. Recruits will immediately receive a higher weekly allowance in an effort to increase recruitment numbers. This payment has been raised from €184 per week to €305 per week under the new budget. As part of a new rule change, An Garda Síochána […]

Garda to Sergeant Promotion 2023 – Psychometric Test

The promotion competition for Garda to Sergeant will commence in October 2023. Below I explain how GardaIP can set you up for success for promotion to the next rank. Intense Competition is Guaranteed! The promotion process will be carried out under the remit of the Public Appointments Service (PAS) again. For first time applicants, you […]

Ace the Garda Sergeant Numerical Reasoning Test

Passing the Garda Sergeant Numerical Reasoning test, like any other aptitude test, requires preparation, practice, and a strategic approach. These tests assess your ability to work with numbers, make logical deductions, and solve problems quickly and accurately. Here are my tips to help you prepare effectively: Understand the Test Format Start by familiarizing yourself with […]

Garda Trainee Stage 2 Competency Interview – Exploding the Myths!

Batches of Garda Trainee applicants are being called forward for the Stage 2 Competency Interview since August 2022. Typically a new batch is called forward each month. For those still in the ‘Waiting Room’, remember that the results of Report Writing is assessed simply as a Pass / Fail result. Candidates will get their results […]

10 more Expert Tips for your Stage 2 Garda Trainee Interview

With the panel of candidates now much smaller than at the Stage 1 assessment, the Stage 2 Panel Interviews are highly competitive  Here are my top tips to succeed at this critical stage of the Garda Recruitment process.   Ensure that you have prepared yourself well in advance for the interview by doing your research […]

How to Pass the Garda Recruitment Process – the Ultimate Insider’s Guide

Although huge numbers apply to join the An Garda Síochána every year, only a small fraction of applicants are successful. So, what is the secret to success? One word. Preparation.   This definitive guide to the Garda recruitment process has been written by former Garda Superintendent, Noel McLoughlin. Noel, a native of Westport Co Mayo, […]

Irish Language Assessment – GardaIP has you covered!

  If you are getting ready for the 2021 Garda Recruitment campaign and are concerned about the second language requirement then read on! One of the requirements for the position of Garda Trainee is that candidates must have 2 languages at Leaving Certificate level. If your qualifications do not meet this standard you may apply […]

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 […]

Is being a Garda Reserve an advantage when applying for An Garda Síochana?

People often wonder if being a member of the Garda Reserves is an advantage when applying to be a full-time member of An Garda Siochana. 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 […]

What is Psychometric Testing and why is it part of the Garda Recruitment process?

A huge number of people applied to An Garda Síochana in 2019 – over 6,000 people. I expect the number of applicants to be significantly bigger in the 2021 Garda Recruitment campaign. As part of the comprehensive selection process, psychometric testing is used at Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the recruitment process to help […]