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From former Superintendent Noel McLoughlin

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 […]

Garda Recruitment 2021 – Advantages of choosing GardaIP

There are many benefits to utilising the services of GardaIP for Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 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 […]

Garda Recruitment 2021 – Expert Tips for the Stage 3 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 […]

Garda Recruitment 2021 – The Stage 3 Competencies

In advance of being called for your Stage 3 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 […]

An Garda Siochana Recruitment Campaign 2021

October 14th 2020: The Government has announced funding is being provided to train up to 620 new Garda recruits. There are currently 14,500 Gardaí and the accelerated recruitment programme commits to bringing that number up to 15,000 by the end of 2021. Since March of this year GardaIP has been inundated with queries from potential candidates […]

What are the Core Competencies for An Garda Síochana Recruitment 2021?

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 […]

The Key Qualities of a Good Garda – Garda Career in 2021

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 […]

Pass the Stage 1 & Stage 2 Garda Assessment – Garda Recruitment 2021:

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 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 […]

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 […]

Top Five Reasons to Join An Garda Síochána in 2021

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 […]

10 more Expert Tips for your Stage 3 Garda Trainee Interview

With the panel of candidates now much smaller than at the Stage 2 assessment, the Stage 3 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When is the next Garda Recruitment Campaign?

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 answer that question as I am not privy to these decisions. GardaIP have no affiliation with the Public Appointments Service. […]

The Physical Test – Requirements for An Garda Síochána Recruitment 2021

If you are successful at the Competency Interview and pass your Medical Assessment you will called forward to complete the 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. Physical Requirements and Competencies General […]

Garda Recruitment 2021 – 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. […]

How do I join An Garda Síochána?

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 […]

Irish Language Assessment – GardaIP has you covered Garda Recuitment 2021

  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 […]

Garda to Sergeant Promotion – Psychometric Test

Last week the Government introduced new regulations that will reform the promotion process for Garda to Sergeant. Below I explain the details of the changes and how GardaIP can set you up for success for promotion to the next rank. New Regulations The new promotion process will be carried out under the remit of the […]

Garda Recruitment 2022: 800 more Gardaí to be recruited in 2022

There will be an additional 800 Gardaí recruited to the force next year, the Public Expenditure Minister has confirmed. Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath said he is making funds available for the recruitment of 800 Gardaí and 400 Garda civilian staff in 2022. Today’s Budget includes an additional €145m for the justice […]