GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Discuss the educational and physical requirements, testing process and background phase involved in the hiring process. Includes the experiences and advice of current and past applicants. All agency application related questions belong here.
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby kellylihomes » Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:45 pm

IronWolf wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 9:19 pm
JEagle10 wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:28 pm
Zedlinka wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:43 pm


Took me a few months after my interview to get my clearance. So I wouldn't get your hopes up too high. But it is entirely possible.
Took me 2 business days to get clearance after interview 😳 Crazy how different timelines people can have
Just had my Integrity interview today, will let you know how long it takes for the result lol
Good luck! How long was it?
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby A North » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:18 pm

Zedlinka wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:27 am
bestcoast wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:54 pm
essdee wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:27 pm


I thought they do all their correspondence via email. 88)
I was surprised to get a call. I suspect they are filling up cancellations/deferrals.
Now that I think about it, I had actually gotten a phone call for my interview as well. Then they called again the next day to reschedule due to flights. The phone call was actually pretty informal.
You mentioned they called to reschedule due to flights; did they book/pay for flights for you to get to the interview?
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:40 pm

kellylihomes wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 10:45 pm
Good luck! How long was it?
can't really share details of the process, the header of the email says Confidential, as you probably also have received the same one

be open and honest and will go fine, answer as you feel it, time flies when there's nothing to hide

good luck !

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby avee905 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:51 pm

Jumb34t wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:17 am

Same, did mine on friday. Good luck!
Any news on your end yet?
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Zedlinka » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:01 am

A North wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:18 pm
Zedlinka wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:27 am
bestcoast wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:54 pm


I was surprised to get a call. I suspect they are filling up cancellations/deferrals.
Now that I think about it, I had actually gotten a phone call for my interview as well. Then they called again the next day to reschedule due to flights. The phone call was actually pretty informal.
You mentioned they called to reschedule due to flights; did they book/pay for flights for you to get to the interview?
Oops, I misspoke there.

They had to reschedule due to their flights. I interviewed in Halifax. I lived pretty close by so I didn't fly. I should have clarified that.
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Jumb34t » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:04 am

avee905 wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:51 pm
Jumb34t wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:17 am

Same, did mine on friday. Good luck!
Any news on your end yet?
No, not yet :/
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Re: No more public talk?

Postby acalantas » Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:18 pm

Good afternoon everyone,

I have applied for the CBSA Student Border Services Officer position for Summer 2020. I have just recently received an email for the Officer Trainee Entrance Exam (OTEE). As stated in the email, it says to confirm my participation by returning the attached Excel document (there is no excel attachment, rather a 5x2 chart stating selection process number, position title, etc...), by email to: regional inbox.

I am just wondering what "Excel document" they are referring to, and what email they are referring to by "regional inbox"?

May sound like stupid questions, but I really do not want to mess this up!

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Kevlar » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:19 pm

Hey everyone.

Just something I noticed when I ran my PARE.

If you're near the end of the process and havent ran your PARE yet, I would definitely get on that.

Somewhere in around when you get your request to submit your Security Clearance. Its valid for 18 months, so get it done.

I put mine off because I figured I would have a long wait ahead of me however my timeline jumped ahead drastically, far before I was expecting; and as such I had 2 weeks to get my PARE done to be considered for winter intake.. Now I was fairly confident in being able to complete it successfully however of the 12 that ran it 6 failed and I didnt think they would fail based on physical appearance (why to not judge a book by its cover :P).

I saw a lot of panic and heartbreak because now they were up the creek so to speak because there were no other open spots to take it again prior to their PARE due dates, unless they wanted to go A LONG ways from home or out of province. DO NOT put yourself in that situation. The Push/Pull alone killed 5 of the 6 applicants. All made it through the laps no problem but got to the push pull and were absolutely gassed. My saving grace is Im 6' and 190lbs so I had the upper body to carry me through that however after running the 6 laps I felt half as strong as normal by the time I got to the P/P, but all the rest were on the smaller side and unfortunately it was too much. Especially if youre a petite female.

It took a lot of people by surprise so if you havent upped your cardio and resistance training in the months prior to doing the PARE (I would say bench press and rowing machine would help your push pull) I would get on that.

So much sadness and it was really too bad. Dont have the stress of one test after getting through the entire process keep you from your dream.
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OTEE: 2018/10 - PASS 95%
INTERVIEW 2018/11 - PASS
Psych Eval / Interview: 2019/04 - PASS
Medical: 2019/05 - PASS
PARE: 2019/11 - PASS
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:51 pm

Kevlar wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:19 pm
Hey everyone.

Just something I noticed when I ran my PARE.

If you're near the end of the process and havent ran your PARE yet, I would definitely get on that.

Somewhere in around when you get your request to submit your Security Clearance. Its valid for 18 months, so get it done.

I put mine off because I figured I would have a long wait ahead of me however my timeline jumped ahead drastically, far before I was expecting; and as such I had 2 weeks to get my PARE done to be considered for winter intake.. Now I was fairly confident in being able to complete it successfully however of the 12 that ran it 6 failed and I didnt think they would fail based on physical appearance (why to not judge a book by its cover :P).

I saw a lot of panic and heartbreak because now they were up the creek so to speak because there were no other open spots to take it again prior to their PARE due dates, unless they wanted to go A LONG ways from home or out of province. DO NOT put yourself in that situation. The Push/Pull alone killed 5 of the 6 applicants. All made it through the laps no problem but got to the push pull and were absolutely gassed. My saving grace is Im 6' and 190lbs so I had the upper body to carry me through that however after running the 6 laps I felt half as strong as normal by the time I got to the P/P, but all the rest were on the smaller side and unfortunately it was too much. Especially if youre a petite female.

It took a lot of people by surprise so if you havent upped your cardio and resistance training in the months prior to doing the PARE (I would say bench press and rowing machine would help your push pull) I would get on that.

So much sadness and it was really too bad. Dont have the stress of one test after getting through the entire process keep you from your dream.
Nicely said, but procrastinators will keep procrastinating, it's stronger than them, lol.

I recall PARE reminders in emails from very early in the process.

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Emak » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:55 pm

Kevlar wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:19 pm
Hey everyone.

Just something I noticed when I ran my PARE.

If you're near the end of the process and havent ran your PARE yet, I would definitely get on that.

Somewhere in around when you get your request to submit your Security Clearance. Its valid for 18 months, so get it done.

I put mine off because I figured I would have a long wait ahead of me however my timeline jumped ahead drastically, far before I was expecting; and as such I had 2 weeks to get my PARE done to be considered for winter intake.. Now I was fairly confident in being able to complete it successfully however of the 12 that ran it 6 failed and I didnt think they would fail based on physical appearance (why to not judge a book by its cover :P).

I saw a lot of panic and heartbreak because now they were up the creek so to speak because there were no other open spots to take it again prior to their PARE due dates, unless they wanted to go A LONG ways from home or out of province. DO NOT put yourself in that situation. The Push/Pull alone killed 5 of the 6 applicants. All made it through the laps no problem but got to the push pull and were absolutely gassed. My saving grace is Im 6' and 190lbs so I had the upper body to carry me through that however after running the 6 laps I felt half as strong as normal by the time I got to the P/P, but all the rest were on the smaller side and unfortunately it was too much. Especially if youre a petite female.

It took a lot of people by surprise so if you havent upped your cardio and resistance training in the months prior to doing the PARE (I would say bench press and rowing machine would help your push pull) I would get on that.

So much sadness and it was really too bad. Dont have the stress of one test after getting through the entire process keep you from your dream.
Hi Kevlar, that is good advise.
Last month CBSA told me renew my Pare on Friday I went online and found the Mohawk College one in Hamilton ON booked it for next day Saturday and passed it. If I wasn't for that I would have had to wait a weeks for another location in Brampton as Hamilton one is once a month only. Anything can happen while you wait injuries sickness etc....
Long story short if you feel prepared physically go for it or pay for the practice run to get a feel for the circuit.
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Interview: 01/2018 ✔
MMPI Test: 01/18 ✔ + 02/2020 ✔
Psych Int: 02/18 ✔ + 03/20 ✔
PARE: 04/18 ✔ + 10/2019 ✔
SEC docs: sent 03/18 - 09/19 ✔
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby kellylihomes » Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:34 pm

Emak wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:55 pm
Kevlar wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:19 pm
Hey everyone.

Just something I noticed when I ran my PARE.

If you're near the end of the process and havent ran your PARE yet, I would definitely get on that.

Somewhere in around when you get your request to submit your Security Clearance. Its valid for 18 months, so get it done.

I put mine off because I figured I would have a long wait ahead of me however my timeline jumped ahead drastically, far before I was expecting; and as such I had 2 weeks to get my PARE done to be considered for winter intake.. Now I was fairly confident in being able to complete it successfully however of the 12 that ran it 6 failed and I didnt think they would fail based on physical appearance (why to not judge a book by its cover :P).

I saw a lot of panic and heartbreak because now they were up the creek so to speak because there were no other open spots to take it again prior to their PARE due dates, unless they wanted to go A LONG ways from home or out of province. DO NOT put yourself in that situation. The Push/Pull alone killed 5 of the 6 applicants. All made it through the laps no problem but got to the push pull and were absolutely gassed. My saving grace is Im 6' and 190lbs so I had the upper body to carry me through that however after running the 6 laps I felt half as strong as normal by the time I got to the P/P, but all the rest were on the smaller side and unfortunately it was too much. Especially if youre a petite female.

It took a lot of people by surprise so if you havent upped your cardio and resistance training in the months prior to doing the PARE (I would say bench press and rowing machine would help your push pull) I would get on that.

So much sadness and it was really too bad. Dont have the stress of one test after getting through the entire process keep you from your dream.
Hi Kevlar, that is good advise.
Last month CBSA told me renew my Pare on Friday I went online and found the Mohawk College one in Hamilton ON booked it for next day Saturday and passed it. If I wasn't for that I would have had to wait a weeks for another location in Brampton as Hamilton one is once a month only. Anything can happen while you wait injuries sickness etc....
Long story short if you feel prepared physically go for it or pay for the practice run to get a feel for the circuit.
I went to Mohawk College for a practice run before, I believe the gentleman whose name is Dennis, he is such a great guy who can give you great advice about how to run the test better.
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OTEE: Sep 2018 (passes)
Interview: December 2018 (passed)
PARE: January 2019 (passed)
Psy Evaluation: April 2019 (passed)
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Jpoirier » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:23 pm

Hey everyone,

I go for my PARE testing in just over a month. I was wondering if anyone has any tips to prepare better for the test. Also, how did everyone find the test when they did it? I worry i don’t have enough time to prepare but i also am quite active with some good strength. Mostly i’m worried about the vault portion so any tips on that would be great. If anything i would say my cardio could improve the most so i plan to focus on that a lot in training the next month. Thanks for the tips!

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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby kellylihomes » Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:36 pm

Jpoirier wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:23 pm
Hey everyone,

I go for my PARE testing in just over a month. I was wondering if anyone has any tips to prepare better for the test. Also, how did everyone find the test when they did it? I worry i don’t have enough time to prepare but i also am quite active with some good strength. Mostly i’m worried about the vault portion so any tips on that would be great. If anything i would say my cardio could improve the most so i plan to focus on that a lot in training the next month. Thanks for the tips!
Check on YouTube, there are so many tips you can find from there. Also, there was a previous posting regarding how to prepare for the pare. You will have enough time if you do your best to prepare for it. I had less than a month to prepare for pare and pin test, and passed both. You can do that too. Good luck!
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Interview: December 2018 (passed)
PARE: January 2019 (passed)
Psy Evaluation: April 2019 (passed)
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby Kevlar » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:23 pm

Oh and if anyone hasnt gotten their PAL prior to applying get that done immediately. Wait times can be anywhere between 45 days and 6 months or more depending on the province youre in. Big backlogs in Ontario so I have heard.
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OTEE: 2018/10 - PASS 95%
INTERVIEW 2018/11 - PASS
Psych Eval / Interview: 2019/04 - PASS
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Security Checks: Started 2019/04 - Granted 2019/10
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Re: GENERAL CBSA APPLICANT CHIT CHAT

Postby IronWolf » Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:38 pm

Kevlar wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:23 pm
Oh and if anyone hasnt gotten their PAL prior to applying get that done immediately. Wait times can be anywhere between 45 days and 6 months or more depending on the province youre in. Big backlogs in Ontario so I have heard.
The actual RPAL is not a requirement to get the invite. Completion of the courses is required only.

But ultimately is great to have it for sure.


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