What is the Essential Competency Interview (ECI)?
The ECI is the second interview in which a candidate will have to participate in during the hiring process. In this Behavioural based interview the candidate will be asked to demonstrate his/her abilities by giving examples from their past that show that they understand the competencies. Ask yourself “Why is this competency essential in Policing”? You will only be invited for an ECI if you are successful in the Local Focus Interview and PBQ Review stage.
Two interviewers conduct the ECI over a four-hour period. The interview determines whether you have the knowledge and skills crucial to becoming a police officer.
What are the Essential Competencies?
Click here to find out more about the knowledge and skills applicants must exhibit before becoming a police officer. Essential Competencies.pdf
How long is the ECI valid?
A successful ECI is valid for one year and is transferable between Police Services who are members of the Constable Selection System and choose to accept it.
When can I repeat an ECI?
If you are unsuccessful with the ECI, you will be permitted a second interview only after waiting a period of 3 months from the date of the first interview and after a 6-month period each attempt thereafter. This waiting period applies to any OACP CSS licenced police service, which means that if you fail with Hamilton, you must wait the 3 months before attempted to interview with another police service.
How can I prepare for the ECI?
Please contact our Recruiters for a mentoring session:
Cst. Marcine Blake: 905-546-4855
Cst. Chris Button: 905-546-8918