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The Police Oral Board Secret Weapon

Sergeant George Godoy

The next time you are ready to answer that question, turn the card over first to remind yourself what you do not want to say.

Let me tell you how critical this is. If you are not using a tape recorder to practice, practice, practice – rehearse, rehearse, rehearse – learning your material until it becomes second nature to you, you may as well not show up for your oral board.

If you do not spend serious time burning your presentation and your answers into your brain, you are wasting the oral board’s time and your time! Stop the madness and seek out another career. One problem though, you have to interview for other jobs too.

The candidate above has already lost some great opportunities. Had he faithfully used a tape recorder to prepare for his oral boards, he might have already begun his police career.

Some candidates think that if they practice too much their answers will sound canned. But, NO, it won’t! Practice will make sure your answers are planned, complete, and as perfect as possible.

Practice makes permanent.

Luck is preparation meeting opportunity. One practice session with a tape recorder is worth speaking something out loud 10 times. Practice gets you to a point where your answers sink into your subconscious, and that is where the magic begins. Practice won’t let you be fooled.

I believe practicing with a tape recorder is so important that I will not coach a candidate if they are not using one. It is a waste of my time and their money.

Believe me, your competition knows the value of using a tape recorder and they will fly past you, if you’re not using one too.

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After 22 years of police experience, here’s what I know – to properly prepare to audition for the position of police officer, you must use a tape recorder.

Practice, practice, practice and you will have the power to catapult yourself into the Olympic Camp of law enforcement. You will have a great shot at the badge – and the chance to be one of the true American heroes.

So, instead of posting on bulletin boards to find out where others stand in the testing process for this city, or that county, ask yourself this question:

What am I doing to prepare for the most important part of the hiring process – the Police Oral Board?

If your answer isn’t the right answer, you may never pass the oral board, or score high enough on the list, to wear a badge. Never! Ever!

So, where is your tape recorder?

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    To Officerpoliceofficer:

    I want to just thank you for telling me about police oral board interview secrets. because of my upcoming oral interview, I went ahead and downloaded the guide. The results were great! I impressed the hell out of the panel. Again thanks for sharing the download link. if anyone is looking for a police interview guide, simply do what I did and download one at

  • Stopsign_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Very sound advice, take your time and practice. I'd also recommend downloading a police oral interview preparation guide at

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Wow, I'd have to say that rehearsing with a tape recorder sounds a bit intimidating. I had planned on rehearsing my answers with a couple of my friends(LEOS)to see how they reacted & what they recommended I change. I figured since they were already LE they would be able to point out what I was doing wrong, whereas if I listen to the tape recorder I don't think I'd be the best critic on my performance(s). I learn more from others imput. I already do the flashcards & highly recommend them! They are a fantastic learning tool.

  • Jack_bauer_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    I rather hear answers straight from the heart, not just something you would think I want to hear. If you practice, I guess that's okay, but it just don't sound genuine. The last few interviews I had came straight from the heart and I moved forward in the process.

  • 10954533_10152768417768138_2117542071882865207_n_max50


    almost 5 years ago


    When I had my first interview board I failed. However, I decided to take this advice and I practice and practice for a while. Then, the results? Were great! Must of the questions that were addressed to me I knew how to answer because I practiced it before. The video tecnique helped to look on the eyes of each person that were in the board with me,which total were 8. RECORDING VIDEOS, HEARING YOURSELF BEFORE GO TO THE INTERVIEW ARE VERY IMPORTANT! Also collect some questions online. There are many available for interviews. I had about 90 questions and every single day I used to read and try to come up with my own answers, this is the secret!

  • Animal_max50


    about 5 years ago


    it seem you are very professional police sergeant, thanks and well done sir!!

  • Wings_max50


    about 5 years ago


    yes, good advice. There is a person out there marketing this for (dare I say it...) firefighters. Captain somebody or other. More concrete and technical advice on how to get hired, and it woks for law enforcement as well. Good luck and happy hunting!

  • Picture_028_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Nice Article, Afterall Practice Makes Perfect! ;)

  • 14600_10200352713679693_171098802_n_max50


    over 5 years ago


    passed agailty passed oral exam ...passed syke ...passed passed passed and oral interview was few points shy ...i guess that just was gods way of saying sarah........your meant to dispatch ...guess at least.. improtecting them:D

  • 14600_10200352713679693_171098802_n_max50


    over 5 years ago


    extreamly helpful..considering ...nothing further.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Very insightful. Thank you

  • Bmg_logo_100x100_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Thank you for the helpful Information..

  • 17614242_l_max50


    over 5 years ago


    agorezar: I think there is a small dept in your area that is testing.

  • Ania3_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Thanks for all helpful tips.

  • Rip_our_fellow_warriors_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I believe a recorder is a great tool. I will be utilizing one a.s.a.p. Any help to get my dream job is greatly accepted.

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