Saturday, June 11, 2011

Interviews

Job interviews for law enforcement are not unlike those for civilian jobs. They will ask about you, they will ask what you know about the agency and try and determine if you are the best choice for their agency. Some agencies will conduct a normal interview and others will conduct a “stress” interview.





In a stress interview the people asking questions will attempt to introduce some measure of stress into the interview as a method of determining how well you handle stress and how well you handle people who are confrontational. Some stress interviews will start out as a regular interview and then after a few moments the nature and tone of the questions will change to a more confrontational style. This does not mean they don’t like you; it is done to all the applicants.





The key to passing this type of interview is to remain calm and answer the questions to the best of your ability. Often they will ask you a question and then dissect and question your answer. They will generally try to get you to change your answers, confuse you and contradict yourself. It is okay to change an answer if they change the circumstances of the questions. It is also okay to take a moment before you answer so you can think of a proper response, don’t let them hurry you into a bad answer, that’s what the SGT Says.

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