Garda recruitment campaign announced by Minister for Justice and Equality

Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald has announced the opening of a recruitment campaign for new members of An Garda Síochána in 2016.

This new campaign is necessary to fulfil the Government’s commitment to recruit 600 gardaí next year. The application process for the Gardaí proceeds as follows:

Once applicants have applied, they must pass a rigorous selection of tests before starting training in the Garda College in Templemore. The initial stages consist of aptitude tests; a series of online and written assessments which can include personality assessments, verbal reasoning, logical reasoning, job simulation exercises, and report writing exercises. Only those who meet the required standard in these tests will be called to the remaining stages of the recruitment process.

Successful candidates will be placed into a number of 'bands'. The highest scoring candidates will be placed into 'band one' and the remaining candidates will be place into 'band two' and 'three', depending on their performance in the stage one tests. The candidates placed in 'band one' will be the first group asked to complete the remaining stages, followed by the remaining groups.

A competency-based interview follows the aptitude tests. This is a highly structured interview where candidates are informed in advance of a number of key competencies - key skills deemed necessary to serve effectively as a member of An Garda Síochána. Examples could include ‘problem solving’, ‘resilience’, or ‘motivation for the role’.

When questioned by the interview board on a particular competency, candidates are asked to give an example of an instance when they displayed the competency effectively. All candidates are assessed on the same competencies to ensure that there is fairness in the selection process. The final stages of the recruitment process will include a number of physical tests and a medical before successful candidates begin the BA in Applied Policing in the Garda College in Templemore.

If you are interested in preparing for the current Garda recruitment campaign please visit for more details. Information regarding the recruitment process is available Applications will continue to be accepted until Tuesday, January 5, 2016.



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