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Posted almost 3 years ago

 

Hi there,


I have a question about the Chief's interview.  I am wondering when they ask you, "Do you have any questions for us?" at the end of the interview, what are some good questions to ask them?


The reason I am wondering is that I had a chief interview last October and I blanked on that question.  I didn't know if they meant a question about department stuff, or about the admin?


Any advice would be much appreciated.


Thanks,


Grant

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Rated +4 | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

 Grant,


This is the perfect time in the interview to recover from a question that you felt you didn't answer correctly, or in the manner that you wish you had.  If you blew an answer and you KNOW you did poorly, you can address it.  After they ask you if you have any questions you can say "Yes, I'd like to revisit the scenario question you asked me earlier about deadly force.  I'd like to add to my response if that's okay?"  They will almost ALWAYS allow you to do that.  This is also a very good time to tell the oral board panel that you understand "everyone interprets and processes information differently". You'd "like to take this opportunity to clear up any concerns that anyone (or Chief) has regarding any of the answers you've offered during the interview."    


I've seen this from only a handful of the many candidates I've interviewed over the years and it is very powerful and makes you look very prepared and confident.  Most that interview just want to answer the questions and bail as soon as the interview is concluded.  Using the "any questions" part of the interview to clean up your own interview is a show of confidence and professionalism.


Best wishes,


Chief Russ 

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Rate This | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

what a wonderful, informative answer, chief.

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Chief Russ,


 


Thank you for the quick response and very informative feedback.  I appreciate it and hope to utilize the information you have provided me.


Thanks again

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Rate This | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

 You are so very welcome Grant.  Yours was a great question and honestly, while everyone knows that question will be asked at the end of the interview, few are prepared.  I wish you all the best in your endeavor to gain employment in LE.  


PS  Thank you for the very nice compliment Magee88.

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Rate This | Posted almost 3 years ago

 

One thing I would ask in some Chief's interviews is what their plans were for the department, especially when the Chief was new to the agency or the agency has a history of problems. In two situations I had a response somewhere along the lines of the Chief wanting to improve the department and work better with other agencies or start participating in a task force with other agencies, get state certified or other certifications, etc. Both times I liked that they were thinking progressively and was really interested in the changes they were seeking to make and let them know. I think showing you're on board for helping them reach their goals says something positive. I now work for one of those agencies.


Edit: However, be careful about how you go about that. Well established departments with the same chief for the last 10 years probably have met most of their goals and it could come off as condescending or insulting to their department.

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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

Great advice Chief! I never thought of that. I'll be sure to use it during my next, and hopefully last interview!

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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

Good advice and responce from Chiefruss.

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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

I like this option to the interview thank you.