Competency-based Application Forms and Competency-based Interviews for The Irish Prison Service

Political responsibility for the Prison System in Ireland is vested in the Minister for Justice and Equality. The Irish Prison Service operates as an executive agency within the Department of Justice and Equality. It is headed by a Director General supported by five Directors.

The Irish Prison Service deals with male offenders and female offenders who are 18 years of age or over.

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The Irish Prison Service’s mission is to provide safe and secure custody, dignity of care and rehabilitation to prisoners for safer communities.

The Irish Prison Service’s vision is to develop a safer community through excellence in a prison service built on respect for human dignity.

The Irish Prison Service’s core values include teamwork, integrity, potential, safety and support.

Their mission, vision and values foster and support the courage to make a difference in everything they do.

There are 12 institutions in the Irish Prison System consisting of 10 traditional “closed” institutions and two open centres, which operate with minimal internal and perimeter security. The majority of female prisoners are accommodated in the purpose-built “Dóchas Centre” with the remainder accommodated in Limerick Prison. The Irish Prison Service is administered centrally with its headquarters located at IDA Business Park, Ballinalee Road, Longford, Co. Longford. N39 A308.


Over the past number of years, The Irish Prison Service has introduced Competency-based Application Forms and Competency-based Interviews to help them select, recruit external and/or promote internal staff. Talent Fusion has been helping these staff members complete these Competency-based Application Forms and prepare for Competency-based Interviews for over 10 years across Ireland. Every Competency-based Application Form and every Competency-based Interview is tailored around the Staff Member, Job Title and the desired Department, where structure, design and word count/space allowed and time is respected. Talent Fusion strives and aim to meet staff members time and budget and can meet/work with staff members during and outside office/working hours. An impressive Competency-based Application Form makes for a more confident interviewee, satisfied interviewers and an easier interview.

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