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Posted almost 2 years ago

 

I had my preliminary interview and I was getting roasted! I really thought I failed... Not the kind where "Oh man, I think I did bad" and then turn around and get an A, but I legitimately felt like I was not moving on. I've had some character issues, no felonies, no drugs, but other things and each question they had regarding my background took maybe 10 minutes at least. I stuck with what I believed and what I had initiatially said and no matter how persuasive they were or how intimidating I stuck with my answers. I thought the preliminary interview would be easier, maybe a human resource person or two, just asking me general interview questions but I had 2 officers, 1 senior officer, and 1 sergeant for my preliminary.


 


That being said, I did pass preliminary, the sergeant of recruitment said I would have to start to take things serious if I wanted a career in LE and that I would need to change. Though I was happy that he gave me the OK, I understood that I'm treading on thin ice and I'm not really a favorite to make it to the next step. I also passed the agility test, though most people did. I have to wait 2 more months for my psych/poly/bg check but I won't know when, I just know it will be in October.


 


I understand that I'm in a pool of candidates, but if I go through every process, even to the oral interview board, what are my chances (even extremely rough estimates, not taking into consideration how many officers they need, how many they can hire/are able to hire or like).


 


I just want some sort of tangible information to tide me over until October. Thanks again!

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

It all depends on how many candidates will make it to the final process and the number of positions up for grab. Last time I tested, I was one of 44 candidates left in the process. There were 22-25 positions up for grab and take a wild guess if I was offered one of them? Lol!!! 


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First take a deep breath and relax. Keep in mind those that process you speak about the applicants. You can pass everything thrown at you and still get the letter of rejection. If they don't have a good feeling about you and feel you will not be a good fit you will not be appointed. Keep in mind if rejected no reason has to be given. My advice do the best you can and keep the ego in check. Please keep us apprised as I am interested in the end results.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

In your post, you mentioned 'but other things' as some sticking points.


What are those other things? 


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In my personal history packet there was a section that had DWI's on it. And while I've never actually driven while intoxicated (Or maybe I did, depending on your definition), I have driven on nights where I've had drinks. The Detective told us to put every little detail on it, whether or not you think it was big or not just to be safe. I sobered up for 2+ hours, had a meal on 1 of the 2 nights and drove. The interview board really grilled me on this topic, questioned my definition of intoxication. I told them that I felt a little buzzed, a little warm, but that I was feeling fine, no sign of being drunk or even close to being smashed, walk straight easily, no hazy eyes or unclear thoughts and that I could pass the sobriety test. I think they questioned my character more than my actions.


 


I had also taken a camera from a employer when I was 19 (24 now) and I expected them to really drill me a new one. I don't really have an excuse for this one. I really don't know why I did it, and yeah, it was a pretty one sided discussion.


 


I also had trouble with the scenario question. I kind of danced around the conclusion but I stuck with what I said, what I knew I should have said and believed what I had said. But it took me a minute or two to come to that conclusion/decision.

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Rate This | Posted almost 2 years ago

 

Please apprise us of the final outcome. I will keep my opinion to myself at this time.