Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What Are You Asking Me?

At the oral interview they will ask you questions to try and determine your suitability to work for their agency as a police officer. It is your job to sell yourself to them in the interview. They will want to know how motivated you are to do the job. They will want to know if you are mentally prepared for the shift work, working holidays, long hours that police work often requires.

They will want to know if your personal life will conflict with your career in law enforcement. Will your spouse support your decision to become a law officer? Can you use force, and make ethical decisions? What is it that makes you a better choice for them than someone else? What special training, skills and experience do you have that makes you a better candidate?

This is your chance to sell yourself. Think of yourself as a product and the oral board is your potential customers. Consider what you have to offer to an agency and work that into your answers. Tell them about how your personal life experience and training will make you a good candidate. Practice giving your answers to a friend. Prepare some talking points that you can work into your answers showing that you have overcome challenges and been a good employee in the past. Tell them all the good things you want them to know; that’s what the SGT Says.

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