Career Advice : SAPS Interview, Fitness and Medical Checks


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SAPS Interview, Fitness and Medical Checks

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Stage 3: The Interview

Whether you will need to sit an interview at the assessment centre, or following the assessment centre, depends on the role you’re applying for. However, you can expect the interview to be conducted under formal conditions, and you will be rigorously tested by the individuals conducting said interview. The questions are likely to focus around:

  • Your ability to work under pressure.
  • Your ability to work as a member of a team.
  • The reasons why you’re applying to join SAPS.

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  • What you already know and have learned about SAPS.
  • Why you think you would make a good police officer.
  • Your expectations for the role.
  • Your plans for the future.

If you are invited to attend the interview, or even if this just takes place at the assessment centre, make sure you wear a suit! Dressing smart shows professionalism and respect, and will make a real difference to your chances of success.

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Stage 4: Fitness and Medical Checks

Once you’ve passed the first three stages, you’ll be asked to take a series of fitness and medical tests, to ensure you meet the physical criteria required. The fitness tests are as follows.

Male candidates must complete the following challenges:

  • First, you’ll need to run 2.4 kilometres in 13 minutes or less.
  • Second, you’ll need to complete 30 push-ups in 1 minute or less.
  • Thirdly, you’ll need to perform 45 sit-ups in 1 minute or less.
  • Finally, you’ll need to complete 10 shuttle runs in 1 minute or less.

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Female candidates must complete the following challenges:

  • First, you’ll need to run 2.4 kilometres in 15 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Second, you’ll need to complete 21 push-ups in 1 minute or less.
  • Thirdly, you’ll need to perform 31 sit-ups in 1 minute or less.
  • Finally, you’ll need to complete 10 shuttle runs in 70 seconds or less.

Following completion of the fitness and medical tests, you will be entered into the South African Police training programme.

Click here for more information on SAPS Tranining Programme

Read the Additional Information below

  1. How to apply for a job at SAPS
  2. SAPS Training

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