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Uncle_sam_max50

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I'm coming up on the last few steps of being hired and one of those steps is the cheifs interview. What can i expect during this interview?

Coin_max50

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Why do you want to work for that department, what do you know about that department, have you applied to any other departments and if you get hired here, what will you do if a better offer comes along, how long will you stay, what can you offer the department, what will you / can you do for them. The Chief is usually the last barrier whether he/she has the final say or at least the final recommendation. Remember, they have openings and are looking for the best candidate so they have a lot of options.

There are some of us here that remember going out and doing stuff for free just because it was fun and it was the way we did it, it was not just a paycheck. Those people then, are the chiefs of today and still look for someone with that kind of drive. It isn’t the money, it is the lack of motivation that kills a lot of candidates. Don’t kill your interview by asking what they will do for you. You should already know how much they pay, don’t ask when you get your vacation days; don’t think that you are going to be strictly days with weekends and holidays off… (I have had candidates ask me those) Be honest, excited, but not fake; let them know what you are interested in, what you have accomplished and why you would be a good officer in that department.
If you are lucky enough to get hired there, you then need to prove yourself!
Good luck!!

Uncle_sam_max50

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Thanks for the input chief. I'm pretty sure that you've done quite a few of these type of interviews, so what can i do to prepare in advance and make the chief say "I want you on my team" As far as askiing about the pay and beneies i already know those by looking at the HR website for the city and i'm not nieve and selfish like that either. I've done my homework and being in the military i know there's never a set schedule for duty hours.

Coin_max50

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Jake, sorry I am just getting back.... I am old so I forget to look at things I have written about! The most important thing that you can do is be honest, not fake and WANT to be a team player. Chiefs are told all the time that the candidate in front of them is going to do their whole career here and wants to work for the Chief and will do whatever it is that needs to be done. That is either naivety on the candidate’s part or they are just telling the Chief that to get a job.

I look for someone with a fire in their eye, truth and sincerity in their voice and a desire to work and learn in their heart. As a Sgt. when I ran oral boards, I was relentless in finding out why the candidate wanted to work for a particular agency or if they were just looking for a job. You need to sell yourself and no one can do that but yourself. If you try to hard, it is going to look like you are again just trying to get a job. I wish you the best of luck and let your record speak for itself…. You as a candidate are not usually going to impress a Chief with how great you are, but you will impress a Chief with your solid work history, your personality, your use of common sense and the basics. We can teach a person how to be a cop, but we can’t teach someone how to be a decent human being, if that makes any sense.

Let me know how you make out!!

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Nice to have a Chief here to give pointers! Wish I had such awesome advice when I went for mine with the SDSO. Something as simple as how many divisions were in the agency stumped me, and I felt like a fool for not being prepared.

Uncle_sam_max50

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Chief, once again i thank you for your insight and advice. So far my record is great and i'm really getting anxious to meet with the chief and join the team. I will definitely keep you posted.

Uncle_sam_max50

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CBPK9,
You are 100% right on that one. Very generous of the chief. Be careful out there.

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best of luck to you.... :)

Coin_max50

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Jake: The pleasure is mine, we are supposed to help each other, regardless of rank. You will do just fine.

Uncle_sam_max50

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Chief,
I got a call today saying that i'm no longer in the application process. I was told that they had too many backgrounds going, too many applicants and not enough positions. It sucks but i feel that they are missing out on a good man to have on the team. I'm not giving up but I'm pretty bummed out about it. I appreciate the vote of confidence and the advice. Hopefully the next agency will be the one.

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Sorry to hear that Jake. It is a shame that police depts. miss out on good officers, but it does happen. Keep your head up and keep trying. You'll get hired somewhere.

Coin_max50

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Jake: Don't take it as a loss; take it as a learning experience. I don't know how it is where you are but I know in this area, many people don't get on first shot. I have not chosen many people who have gone on to great law enforcement careers in other agencies (I was also one of them). They were not either the right fit at the time, weren't certified or trained, was not the best candidate and the reasons could go on and on and on.

Law enforcement has a problem as of late about getting good candidates, I have also "dipped back into the well" and given someone another look, I have thrown out the entire process and started over so don't be discouraged, become determined!! It is easy for me to say this because I was once where you were. You may want to look at other departments, smaller departments or start part-time and work your way up.

Keep me posted and best of luck!

Uncle_sam_max50

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Chief: Thanks for the input. I'm getting back into the process next month and speading out my application area, Hopefully this tactic will bear better fruit than the last one. I was told to reapply with the same agency since i did so well this first go around. So here goes round 2.

Coin_max50

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Jake...
Good for you, I wish you the best of luck!