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Mvsd1_max50

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Posted over 2 years ago

 

 Happy Saturday ladies and gents, I have an interview next week with a local department that I'm extremely excited to hopefully work for. As part of my preparation, I'd like to ask you guys for the questions that you've been asked during any interviews/oral boards that totally threw you off or were unprepared for, also the most difficult questions, etc. These can be personal questions, situational questions, character questions, etc, and if you dont mind, your answer to those questions and the outcome. I'm not doing this to copy anyones answers cause I'm so F**ed up and cant answer them right, I'd just like to get an idea of the questions to think to myself about my answer ahead of time, so as I can provide an immediate solid and concise response when asked, and am not sitting in the interview chair picking apart the question in front of them. Thanks again all,


-Chase

White_shirt_max50

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Rated +1 | Posted over 2 years ago

 

We will not tutor you on the interview questions. This is something you must go alone. I wish you well and responses may be minimal.

25-1-13-a_1__max50

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Rated +1 | Posted over 2 years ago

 

NOPE........... You are on your own with this one.  The most I will give you is the advice to think carefully about your answer before giving it to those sitting on your panel without taking so much time that you lose their interest in you.  Above all, be honest.

Rafngreenblack_max50

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Rated +2 | Posted over 2 years ago

 

Every interview board is different, with different questions posed to the applicant. They generally  include basic common sense questions with a few "what would you do?" type scenarios thrown in. This is in addition to the usual "tell me about yourself" and "why do you want to work for our dept./be a cop?" questions.


While numerous prior posters have asked for "our" questions/answers, LEO's on here have generally remained tight-lipped on their responses. Believe it or not, this is for your benefit and we truly do have your best interest in mind. Interview boards want to hear your answers, in your own words, not what you think they want to hear. Those chosen to sit on a hiring board are good at what they do, they will know if the answer you are giving is your own or something you were coached on. Its better to answer a question 85% correctly and sound genuine and honest than to give a "perfect" answer that sounds like you read it out of a book.


While previous posters have been accused of trying to "cheat" on the board by asking for help or advice here, I totally understand the desire to get a leg up on the competition. Unfortunetly this is one test you can't study for. You just have to be yourself and let the chips fall where they may.


Best of luck....and remember to relax.

Gods_team_max50

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Rated +1 | Posted over 2 years ago

 

Bump to all responses. Before your post, I'm sure you've done some searching on the net looking for these questions so you are aware of what the interview consists of. If not, I'm sure you'll be looking them up prior to your interview. If you look hard enough, there have been plenty of threads about the said subject so look around and don't forget to click on the "Become A Cop" tab on this site. Good luck!!!! 


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Cool-santa1_max50

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Rated +2 | Posted over 2 years ago

 

Bump to all the responses. What the interviewers are looking for are your answers, in your words. In the situational questions, they want to know what you would do.


Like it's been said, relax and think your answer through before responding.


Best wishes and good luck with the interview!!


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Mvsd1_max50

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Rated +2 | Posted over 2 years ago

 

 Roger that, and I completely understand. Thank you all for the support and response! Again, not trying to cheat or wanting "the right answer", just criteria for questions I can ask myself, dont want people getting the wrong idea ;) Once again, all is appreciated.

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Rate This | Posted over 2 years ago

 

 All four interview boards I have been in have been different. The only advise I have for anyone is to be yourself, be honest, and just use common sense. I recieved a good piece of information in my first interview board. After I answered a few questions like I was reading from the book one of the Sergents told me, "Mr. Chapman, just a heads up, these guys know the books probably a lot better than you. Calm down and don't tell us what the book says, just use common sense and tell us what Mr. Chapman says."


With that said let me just echo what everyone else has said and give them a bump. 


I know that you have already had your interview so I hope everything went well for you. And good luck with the position.

Wredcedar_max50

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 I will actually tell you what I consider the hardest interview question, w/o my answer as that wouldn't do you any good anyway.


"Why should we hire you over the other applicants?"


It is where you 'sell' yourself to the interview board.