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Police Oral Board Interview - From Stress To Success

Sergeant George Godoy

The image you present in your Police Oral Board Interview is one of the most important elements to consider in any preparations you undertake.

The most positive image to present is one that displays character traits that are universally perceived as positive. Bringing a powerful combination of accepted positive images to your interview is a sure way to make a winning impression that puts you one step closer to your ultimate goal – becoming a police officer.

WHAT MAKES A POSITIVE IMAGE

Some positive image elements to incorporate into your interview would include showing:

Appreciation – for the opportunity to interview for the position.

Enthusiasm – for the job. Your interest should be genuine and informed.

Empathy – for others and displaying an understanding for the role compassion plays in police work.

Confidence – in yourself and your abilities. Be comfortable with your beliefs and reveal your trust in the abilities of others.

Practice applying these image elements to everything you do, every encounter with another person, and soon, they will become a part of you – natural and supportive in all your social interactions – ready to reassure others of your capable nature and social skills.

WHAT TO DO

A number of important actions need to be strictly under your control for the best chances of success in your interview, these include:

Do Not Be Late! Target your arrival to be at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time.

Walk into the interview room smiling, head up, and with excellent posture.

Make eye contact with each interviewer and introduce yourself – give a firm handshake – if the courtesy is offered.

Wait to be seated, then sit when invited to do so, smile and say ‘thank you’.

Let the interviewers begin the conversation.

Small talk should be responded to with respectful phrases appropriate to a police department – yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am, no ma’am – while keeping additional comments brief and to the point.

WHAT TO SAY

Once the interview begins, the positive image you have worked to establish so far must be given depth and reality with effective speaking. Your ability to convey your thoughts clearly and concisely is a powerful factor for success in your interview.

To achieve successful communication, you must:

Control what you say.

Do your homework and be prepared to respond intelligently.

Take Your Time – Think Before You Speak.

Control how you say it.

Your emotional attitude must be kept moderate.

Your tone of voice must convey confidence and self-assurance.

Your pattern of speech must be relaxed and natural.

Your physical posture must be composed, alert, and purposeful.


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    jb4522

    almost 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    This is the hardest part of the process of being a cop. There is no doubt that you have to be prepared for this.
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    pflex31

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    this info is really help not only in the interview but as well for life . ill make sure i keep all this info in my mind for further use thanks

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    andyguzman21

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    veri helpful thanks for the info

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    diderr

    about 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    great info.

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    BiggP500

    about 4 years ago

    30 Comments

    Very helpful. Thank you. =)

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    88malo

    about 4 years ago

    134 Comments

    Really helpfull. thank you.

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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23296 Comments

    Pretty much common sense.

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    bat001

    over 4 years ago

    82 Comments

    I went to an oral review board back in October and I'd have to say the biggest thing is having confidence. They badgered me, tried to get under my skin, and tried to back me against a wall. Every time I answered a question I stuck to my guns and held my ground. When we got to the situational "what would you do" exercises, I messed up all but one of them, and they gave me 5 or 6 of them. I think what helped me out was confidence in my answers and defending my decisions. In the end, I think that's what led to them offering me the job. I'm currently in their Academy.

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    HEYSARGE

    over 4 years ago

    16726 Comments

    Perfect!!

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    SuzanneNGa

    over 4 years ago

    16562 Comments

    Great stuff!!!

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4972 Comments

    You Guys Rock! Thanks for all the help out. I just purchased the online book
    "Police Oral board interview secrets" I feel better I will not enter the room without the knowledge of what will take place. It will definately build the confidence I will need to pass with flying colors.

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    rccrk

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    These are great tips, thank you. Hope I will do well in 2 weeks.

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    ucfknightsfan

    almost 5 years ago

    118 Comments

    I just passed my panel interview a few weeks ago. It was me and six officers in a room...pretty intimidating, but the advice from PL helped tremendously

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    JDoll1982

    almost 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Love these tips! It is a great refresher! I know when I work on these they will help tremendously!

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    DeAnnaMarie

    about 5 years ago

    28 Comments

    @ BULLETPRUFE I believe maybe the correct answer would have been that no matter where you go there's always room for improvement nothing is perfect and kept your personal opinion to your self lol...

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