Learning about you - The interviews

We use two interviews for candidates:

  • The Regular Member Applicant Questionnaire (RMAQ) interview
  • The Right Fit interview

The Regular Member Applicant Questionnaire interview

The RCMP uses the RMAQ interview to get to know you better. It helps to determine if there are actions or behaviors from your past that could prevent you from becoming an RCMP police officer.

Filling out the questionnaire

In this questionnaire, we'll ask you to make statements about your life. Please answer all of the questions accurately and honestly.


  • falsify, misrepresent or minimize information
  • lie
  • leave out facts
  • neglect to mention information
  • purposefully withhold any information or details about your past actions or behaviours

If you don't fully complete this questionnaire, you'll be removed from the recruiting process.

Right Fit Interview

The Right Fit interview will assess whether you have the competencies needed to perform the duties of an RCMP police officer. The interview is completed by telephone or videoconference and assesses core competencies including:

  • developing self
  • flexibility
  • problem solving
  • meeting client needs
  • communication
  • team work
  • self control and composure
  • conscientiousness and reliability

During this interview, we'll use both behavioral and situational questions to evaluate your core skills, attributes and characteristics.

Behavioral questions

Behavioral questions focus on how you handled various situations in your past. Understanding how you handled these situations will help give a sense of what you might do in the future. When providing answers to behavioral questions, it's important to use specific examples instead of speaking in general terms.

When you respond to behavioural questions, you'll need use the STAR technique, as it provides a reliable structure to help you organize your thoughts. There are four steps to answering questions using the STAR technique:

(S) Situation
Describe the situation in which the event took place.
(T) Task
Describe the task you were asked to complete. If there was a particular problem or issue you were trying to solve, describe it here.
(A) Action
Explain what action you took to complete the task and/or solve the problem.
(R) Results
Explain the result of your actions. For example, explain if your actions resulted in completing a task, resolving a conflict, improving a situation, etc. Try to focus on how your actions resulted in a success.

Situational questions

Situational questions focus on how you'll handle real-life scenarios presented to you. Situational questions help us to better understand your thought process and assesses various skills.

When you respond to situational questions, you'll need to use the ARC technique, as it provides a reliable structure to help you to organize your thoughts. There are three steps to answering questions using the ARC technique:

(A) Action
What action will you take to address the situation?
(R) Reasoning or Rationale
What is the reasoning/rationale behind your actions? How did you arrive at this decision?
(C) Considerations
What factors did you taking into account when making your decision?

Please review the Right Fit Interview Preparatory Guide before your interview. The guide describes the interview and gives you tips and examples to help you prepare. Using the guide is key to your success!

The Regular Member Applicant Questionnaire (RMAQ) Interview

The interview

After you submit your RMAQ questionnaire and have successfully completed your RFI, a member of our suitability/recruiting team will review the information you provide and contact you for an interview. The interview may be by telephone or over videoconference. The interview allows us to:

  • better understand who you are
  • assess whether negative past actions and behaviours are severe, recent and repetitive

The results of this interview will affect your ability to proceed through the recruiting process.

Honesty is a very important part of the interview. We strongly advise you to disclose all actions and behaviors in your questionnaire.

Remember to review your questionnaire responses before you take part in the telephone interview or videoconference. The interviewer will be gauging your honesty and integrity during the interview.

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