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Adam_nowakowski_223_mfbl_max50

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 if anyone with experience could post on this forum about tips for the oral interview portion of the application process, it would be greatly appreciated.

thanks everyone

 

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Best thing to do is relax. Dress professionally and act professionally.


When they ask you the questions, they are not looking for the text book answer. They want your answer - how you would respond to the scenario, situation or question. Be honest.


Don't bother asking us what questions they may ask (not saying you would). There are (literally) thousands of agencies across the US. They all ask different questions. They all have different Oral Interview processes.


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Adam_nowakowski_223_mfbl_max50

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what would you consider "dressing professional"?

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Jacket and tie, at the very least. Clean haircut, fresh shave.


If you do not have a suit, ask someone to help you put together an outfit that includes dress pants, dress shirt, a sport coat and a matching tie. Dress shoes.


Is that clear or do ya need more info?


 


 


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 yeah that answered my question. thanks for the input!!!

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Make sure to clean up your internet persona. No weird stuff that can disqualify you.


You will most likely be screened on Facebook, etc. even before you set foot in an interview.


 


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And it's, "Yes, sir.", not yeah....


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sorry about that sir. 

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Check become a cop. I am curious if you have made application and have an interview scheduled?

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uncledennis1 says ...



Check become a cop. I am curious if you have made application and have an interview scheduled?


 


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Well, a question has been posed.


And your answer is.....?


 


 


 


 



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 do you mean in the 10 steps sir?

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Do you have an appointment for an oral interview or some other type of scheduled application process?


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 I am currently on the background check. i will be getting a call in the next week about when my interview will be sir.

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 Make eye contact when responding to the interviewer (s). Avoid studdering and making "Uh...., umm, and other annoying gestures. Wear a power tie and suit (black and white attire preferably). Don't wear floral tie with a bright shirt. Do not wear a suit with sneakers (I have seen it at interviews before). I always like to shake hands with the interviewers as you enter the room and after the interview. 


 


 


 


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Some top notch responces here.I came on in a very large city where we went through THREE oral interviews.One with the Personnell Board,one with a group of shrinks and one with the Chief and Deputy Chiefs.Each board and each individual ,on each board will possibly be looking for specific characteristics and/or traits you display.They may even,perchance ,attempt to fluster and/or frustrate you,don;t let it happen,maintain a calm demeanor.This is vital for a potential officer candidate.Above all be frank with them.These people will be expert B.S. detectors.-----Go with the flow,keeping in mind these individuals are also only human and they also have gone through job interviews.

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I have thought about this myself. What I thought about doing is sitting down and writing down my own personal and professional responses to possible questions they may ask, like the ones found online and in study books. That way I can prepare my self and also my conscious mind of how to answer. Being confident is the key. Don't say what you think they want to hear, talk from your heart. At least doing this will give you your own out line of answers to go from. IA way to reassure yourself and not panic or freeze, because you can always refer back to what you wrote down. Just a thought. :) Good Luck on your oral exam buddy! You'll do great!

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I've done 3 so far and only passed the last one lol, but what I did differently in the last one is I took the advice of the folks here on PL, and it worked! Be confident, give a firm hand shake to each interviewer, proper pronunciation and all that. If you are going to address them, use their rank and name (Officer Smith, Sergeant Smith... etc.) A good breakfast helps too lol!! And what ANGELWaRRioR said about writing down possible questions and an answer you would give to said questions helped me. Of course don't memorize your responses, but keep a general outline of the things you'd like to talk about in your head so that you can effectively relay what you find most important about yoursels and your quals. Dont interrupt them! Really just be yourself, ya know? My first two oral board interviews, I was trying to be who I thought they would want me to be, but it didn't work out so well for me! Of course on the last one I was myself, and they liked me! God bless!


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Thanks! this is all helpful. I came in not really knowing what to expect from the interview but this is giving me some insight on what to expect. thank you all again!