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I just graduated two weeks ago from the police academy. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice & Spanish. I have a couple of interviews comming up. I need all the help I can get! I know one of the interview questions is the "your partner takes a pack of gum from the store without paying for it, what do you do?" and there is a few other questions. Please post a few questions and the correct answers to them.

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Plenty of threads posted about this particular subject on PL you might want to search for. Google is a wonderful tool as well! 


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 Your oral board doesn't want our answers. They want your answers. Sometimes it is not so much about getting the right answer as it is giving you the opportunity to think and problem solve. If you have never been a police officer before, you should not get the answers right. It would look pretty fishy if you got a perfect score. Just use common sense and think about the questions before you answer them. 


Also, trying to get answers to a test doesn't look very good. It toes the line of cheating. You wouldn't want a job because you cheated. You'd want it based on your merit. Good luck on  your interview.

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Bump schultzy04.  Usually there are not right or wrong answers to the questions, the oral board wants to get a feel for your thoughts.

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I agree with the above posts. Some of the questions given do not have a right answer. They just want to see what YOUR thought process is and how you handle stress.

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 Be yourself, it's about thinking on your feet since that is something your going to have to do alot of as an officer.


 Do your best and be honest. You will probably leave thinking you screwed up but that doesn't mean you did.


 Good luck!

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 Bump Wild Man. Be yourself. They want to know the real you. They don't want to hear rehearsed answers you found online.


Be prepared mentally. Practice speaking in front of the mirror or record yourself.


Get plenty of rest the night before.


Dress professionally. Shine your shoes.


Brush yo teeth!


Good luck :)


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Great advice given by those who have already responded. The questions posed in the interviews usually require a simple common sense answer, with some moral and ethical scenarios thrown in as well. One such scenario may be:


"An applicant, who has recently graduated from an academy, is undergoing a background investigation. During the course of the investigation it is determined the applicant attempted to solicit answers to the oral board questions through a LE forum. While it is understood applicants may ask others what to expect during the interview process, this applicant went so far as to ask LEO's to post questions frequently asked by hiring boards and the corresponding correct answers. If you were the LEO assigned to this investigation, what would your recommendation be to the hiring agency?"


We can all remember what it was like going into the interviews, hoping for a leg up on the competition, and clueless of what was expected of us. It isn't that we don't want to help you, we just know now what the board is really about. And that is to allow the hiring agency the opportunity to get a feel for you and how you would respond to certain situations, etc., without coached or "spoon-fed" answers/responses.


Relax, be yourself, and don't over think the questioning. Best of luck.....

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mr_n_h says ...



I just graduated two weeks ago from the police academy. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice & Spanish. I have a couple of interviews comming up. I need all the help I can get! I know one of the interview questions is the "your partner takes a pack of gum from the store without paying for it, what do you do?" and there is a few other questions. Please post a few questions and the correct answers to them.



Did you seriously just ask for us to post questions and to give you the correct answers for them? I will not be quite as "PC" as the other responses here. To come here and ask us to supply you with the correct answers basically defeats the entire purpose of the oral review board! They have a set of predetermined questions that they will ask you; the kicker is this though...they want to hear YOUR answers! Not ours!!! The oral review board is supposed to be somewhat stressful. They want you to answer their scenario based questions to see how you would respond. Many decisions made in any type of LE field are split second decision. That's how the oral board is meant to be as well. They ask a question, you answer it. You don't meditate on it and you don't know the questions in advance just for that purpose!


Just out of curiosity though...what would you do if your partner took a pack of gum?


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 Hey guys thanks for the input, I didn't mean for my question to be viewed as a request for cheating I'm just anxious with my interviews coming up. I have an idea of what to expect, I just want to do well for myself and my family. I usually do well in interviews, Im in backgrounds for border patrol and I worked with probation in the past. I have applied for 20 agencies or so in CA, was placed on legibility list so far on 4, have interviewed for two and waiting to hear back from others. My friend graduated with a class of 21 cadets 8 months ago and so far only 4 have law enforcement positions. I graduated from a class of 30 and only 2 have got hired on. It's very competitive out here in CA. I just received my test results from LAPD, I passed and get to move onto background review. I would have to go to their own academy which is paid; I don't mind if I have to do another academy as long as I get hired and get paid while training. Thanks again guys specially to those who wished me luck. 

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Prior to my ultimately getting hired, I can't even remember how many oral boards I had.  What I do remember are two things.


1.  I never asked any of my LE friends and associates how to answer specific questions


2.  I only failed one of those.......... It was my second oral interview and I knew about halfway through a scenario and the series of questions that followed that I had dug myself a hole, looked at the panel and said, "I screwed up, didn't I?"


While no one can fault you for wanting to do well for yourself and your family, it would seem that you have already been through the process with other agencies.  That said, you should already know what types of questions will be asked and pretty much how to answer them.  I feel for you.  I too sponsored myself in a southern California academy with the hopes of getting hired sooner.  It was 14 years down the road from that very first series of testing.  The economic climate then was very similar then compared to how it is right now.  The fact that you know others from your class and the one previous that have also not been hired should indicate that you aren't the only one in similar shoes.  Keep applying.  Do not limit yourself to a geographic location or to a very few departments.  If the offer of employment comes along anywhere........ take it as it may be your only opportunity.

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I am still interested in what you would do if your partner took a pack of gum?


 


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These oral board questions seem to be axed alot.

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WORD!!!!


 


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These oral board questions seem to be axed alot.



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I am still interested in what you would do if your partner took a pack of gum?


 


What would I do if my partner took a pack of gum?....


I would talk to my partner in private to avoid him being ridiculed, I would tell him taking a pack of gum is not serious but it is still pety theft and it is wrong...that he should not do it again because it can bring a negative image to him, myself, and to every officer in our department. If the problem continues I would use the chain of command to report the incident. 


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Well played! I give thumbs up when they are deserved, and I believe that one is deserved here!  The one thing that I probably would have done would have been to actually pay for the pack of gum for my  partner before I left the store. I also would let my partner explain himself. Let's face it, there have been times(although not many) when I have mistakenly not paid for an item only to turn around to go back in to make the situation right. If was intentional, I would have been a bit more blunt in the words that I had with my partner because no matter how big or small, you should never be put in a situation like that. It might be a pack of gum, but regardless...it's still theft.


 


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coshane220 says ...



I am still interested in what you would do if your partner took a pack of gum?


 


What would I do if my partner took a pack of gum?....


I would talk to my partner in private to avoid him being ridiculed, I would tell him taking a pack of gum is not serious but it is still pety theft and it is wrong...that he should not do it again because it can bring a negative image to him, myself, and to every officer in our department. If the problem continues I would use the chain of command to report the incident. 



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Hey All,


I'm currently a part-time officer and have been for about a year. I've obviously never been on any hiring boards but I'd like to respond to some of the negative comments regarding this post. For example, MH557 posted this:


"An applicant, who has recently graduated from an academy, is undergoing a background investigation. During the course of the investigation it is determined the applicant attempted to solicit answers to the oral board questions through a LE forum. While it is understood applicants may ask others what to expect during the interview process, this applicant went so far as to ask LEO's to post questions frequently asked by hiring boards and the corresponding correct answers. If you were the LEO assigned to this investigation, what would your recommendation be to the hiring agency?"


In my opinion, like many of the scenario questions this can be answered in two different ways. The quick and easy answer might be, "This candidate is obviously unethical and should no longer be considered for employment." Another way to answer this would be, "Well, in this day and age I believe a would-be officer would be doing himself and his family a disservice without preparing for questiions like "Tell us about yourself" or "Why do you want to be a police officer." If an applicant did not have prepared answers for questions like this he/she would stand ZERO chance in today's competitive job market."


So where do you draw the line? We should know to prepare for some questions but not seek advice on scenario based questions? I am soon interviewing for a full-time position with a Sheriff's Department. I'll tell you that not only will I know the names of the Sheriff and Under Sheriff but I will continue to look for advice/examples of scenario based questions.


I think thats enough for today, thanks for reading, and no offense to any who feel differently.

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"So where do you draw the line? We should know to prepare for some questions but not seek advice on scenario based questions? I am soon interviewing for a full-time position with a Sheriff's Department. I'll tell you that not only will I know the names of the Sheriff and Under Sheriff but I will continue to look for advice/examples of scenario based questions. "


 


I think it's pretty easy to draw the line... You can prepare ahead of time to talk about yourself and your experience.  Things that you can assume that they'll ask you in order to get to know you.  However, when you solicit specific questions and answer in order to pass a structured interview designed to see if you meet the qualifications that they're looking for you're essentially cheating.  If you go out and get the answers to an exam for a university class you are cheating.. structured interviews with specific questions are no different.  


Other people and/or agencies may have a different viewpoint if they don't have standardized questions or have "structured interview" processes.




 

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The most important aspect in any oral board is YOUR answer.  If you think you can determine questions and answers you either have never been through an oral board, or never did well at one.  No matter what  your answer there will almost always be a follow up question or two.  If there are no follow up questions then you blew the interview.  If there are follow up questions you better be able to back your initial answer with reasoning or you will not pass.

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BUMP  mmmm, If they want my answer to a question they would ask me, and if they wanted an answer gleaned off the internet they would do their own search, what oral boards are looking for is your answers and thoughts, so they know you and can decide if you are who they wish to hire.

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The most important aspect in any oral board is YOUR answer.  If you think you can determine questions and answers you either have never been through an oral board, or never did well at one.  No matter what  your answer there will almost always be a follow up question or two.  If there are no follow up questions then you blew the interview.  If there are follow up questions you better be able to back your initial answer with reasoning or you will not pass.



I have been through several oral boards. I've done very well at some and just ok in others. Why would you assume I've never done well? In my first line I said I'm an officer.... ?? I'm not looking for your answers mmmm, I'm looking for some insight into the PROCESS which you've thankfully given me. I've learned from reading these types of forums how important it is to focus on reasoning my way through an answer as opposed to have the "right" answer. Thanks for your input.

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Scenario questions are asked to get the applicant to show his ability to think. I have had people give the wrong answer to scenario questions, but their reasoning was well thought out. I scored them better than the person who had the right answer to the question, because it came across as rehearsed. Any experienced oral board is going to know if the answers are genuine or if they are studied. I think it is good to be prepared for an interview, but there is much more to be judged than if you got the right answer to the question or not. I can teach a rookie what to do in situations. I can't teach him common sense. That is what I'm looking for with scenarios.