Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Steven Kilgannon from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Steven Kilgannon

Garda Trainee

An Garda Síochána

Read more

  Steven Kilgannon
Do not judge the job by your experience in the college. Join the Garda Reserve to gain experience of the outside world. Be yourself and put in the effort to achieve your goals.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
All Courses
PLC Progression Routes
PLC Points Calculator
CAO Points Calculator
CAO Video Guide

Crumlin College of Further Education 
Royal College of Surgeons 
Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute 
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Study Skills
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Questions and Answers from Live Garda Q & A

logo imagelogo image

Questions and Answers from Live Garda Q & A

Monday, December 07, 2015 

Questions and Answers from Live Garda Q & A

Time is moving at a pace and Christmas is on everyone’s radar, just remember following quickly behind Christmas will be the closing date for applying to become a new Garda Recruit so don't delay.

Apply by January 5th 2016.

Full details here

We recently held a Questions and Answers session with Garda College instructors and current trainees and a sample of the questions and answers are listed below.

Have you any advice for the interview stage?

Try and do a mock interview before hand, stay calm and be yourself!! Some of us went to people that worked in management who are used to competency based interviewing for advice. Practise, and try to keep calm. We were all nervous too, best of luck!

Hey guys any helpful tips on how to prepare for the online aptitude test?

Just google aptitude tests and practise.

Would you reccomend doing any of the Garda preparation courses?

Some of us found online courses beneficial, others didnt.

Is it less likely for an 18 year old to be recruited or are the chances equal to that of someone older with more life experience? 

All applications are treated equally. Again it varies from person to person.

What kind of questions are in the aptitute tests?

The aptitude test is psychometric testing. Our aptitude test included verbal reasoning, job simulation and logical reasoning.

Is it true that you don't accept people straight from school anymore?

Not at all! Once you meet the requirements you can apply.

How do you feel going out into society unarmed given the dangers of criminal gangs etc ?

Policing can be a dangerous job, however we look forward to working with communities and would hope to make a difference.

Do we still need a second language, 15 years after school I'm not going to remember any I've learned?

You need a second language, dont be worried if you're rusty, you can start from scratch with Irish here.

How important and what examples do you guys have of work in the community prior to joining the Guards. Assume its gets asked in the interview ?

Working with voluntary or local organisations. It will give you alot more to talk about in the competency based interview.

What is the salary whilst in templemore ?

Garda College Templemore Trainee Gardai receive a training allowance of €184 per week for the 32 weeks leading to attestation. Accommodation and food is provided by the Garda College.

Any third level courses that could be of benefit, and if so which ones?

3rd level courses are not a requirement.

The fitness examination has a shuttle run test but what is the best way to prepare and what would it be equivalent to in distance and time?

If you google loughborough 20 metre shuttle test - you can download the test. Practise this and dont forget the other elements

Just wondering could I apply even though I'm 17 and in 5th yr won't be doing LC till 2017/18??

No, you have to be 18 and have your leaving certificate passed to apply. But if eagerness was a requirement we would sign you up smile. Best of luck in your exams.

What prep courses would you recommend doing before the recruitment?

If you google it, the choice is yours! We dont recommend any specific one. Plenty of trainees here didn't do any.

Can you go over the stages as in the mental and physical tests and what we can expect?

You can go to page 8 in this booklet, where the process is set out. Make sure to start training now for the fitness test, both cardio and strength.

How can you prepare for the Garda Job Simulation test in stage 3?

Some of us researched it on line while others attended preparation courses.

If you pass all stages do you get to go down to Templemore college to start training or can anything else stop you?

There is a vetting process, a medical and a physical examination.

Is there recruitment for the Band of An Garda Síochána within this drive?

It's not part of this recruitment campaign you will have to wait until its advertised separately.

I have a question in relation to stay in College- during the 34 weeks can you come home for the weekends or is it required to be in College?

You can go home every weekend once you come back on Monday!!