Preparing for your Virtual Assessment Centre

Click on the links below to learn more about what to expect from each element of the Virtual Assessment Day and how best to prepare for them.

We are aware that there are websites in operation offering assistance to candidates with PQiP assessments – please note that these are not official websites, nor are they endorsed by the Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service.


During the Virtual Assessment Centre candidates will need to be logged on to an online candidate portal and join a video meeting on Zoom. Please read the Virtual Assessment Centre Guidance Notes which were included in both your Invited to Virtual Assessment Centre email and booking confirmation email, this will detail the technological requirements you will need. Please test that your laptop/computer will allow you to connect, and that your microphone, speakers and webcam are working before the day.


You’ll also need to show the following documents on the day of your Virtual Assessment Centre: proof of right to work, proof of ID, certificate to evidence level 5 qualification and proof of address. Please note these documents must match those referenced within your application form, otherwise this is likely to delay the start of your pre-employment checks and may result in your checks not being completed in time for the fixed start date.

Please note we can only accept bank statements obtained as paper copies generated and sent out centrally from your bank. If you request a copy to be printed off within your bank’s branch, you will need it signed by a member of staff within the branch as verification. Please note that we are unable to accept online bank statements. If you do not have a bank statement you can instead use a recent utility bill or council tax letter dated within the last 3 months, which fully shows your address details. Unfortunately student loan letters or mobile phone bills cannot be accepted as a form of proof of address.

Please refer to the documents below for guidance on which documents are acceptable.


Checking Your Documents

Guidance for Pre-Employment Screening

Written Test

The Written Test checks your written skills and assesses whether you are able to communicate complex messages in writing.


Role Plays

During the two 10-minute role plays, you will take on the role of a Trainee Probation Officer who is interacting with an offender in different scenarios.  




The blended interview will cover a mixture of behaviour-based and strengths-based questions, and will last for 40 minutes. If you have already completed a video-based interview, you will not complete an interview as part of your Virtual Assessment Centre.