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Quiz Answers: Can You Get Past the Board?

1) Thank you for joining us here today. Please take a moment and tell the panel about yourself.

A) Thank you, Captain. I was born in a small town in August of 1986. I went to elementary school in Small Town and high school in Bigger City. I was a cub scout, boy scout, and went to church every Sunday.

Bad Answer: Too much irrelevant detail. Doesn’t give enough answers in the areas that the panel cares about.

B) Thanks, guys. I’m from this town and I’ve always wanted to be a cop. I can shoot real good too.

Bad Answer: Doesn’t explain why being from the town helps the applicant to be a good police officer (i.e.: knowledge of the streets, knows the community, etc.). Everybody says they always wanted to be a police officer. Avoid using the term “cop” as it is not considered a professional term by some panel members. Again, not enough pertinent detail.

C) Thank you, Captain. I’d like to take a moment to thank the members of the board for taking the time to do these interviews. I recently graduated from Great State College with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice after serving a tour in Iraq with the U. S. Army. I am proud to be following a tradition of service in my family as it has many law enforcement and military people in it. I have always been a leader, from being the captain of my lacrosse team to leading the Students Against Drunk Driving chapter at my high school. When my best friend was killed by a drunk driver, it only deepened my resolve to become an officer with this agency so I can be a part of the solution.

Good Answer: Used proper title of questioner. Shows understanding of courtesy, respect and protocol. Illustrated relevant college and military background. Also showed knowledge with family background (without looking like using connections), as well as leadership in high school and team concepts.

D) Thank you. I am a local high school graduate and it’s been my dream to be a deputy sheriff for the police department.

Bad Answer: All the applicants are high school graduates. This does not make the applicant stand out from the crowd. All say that it’s their dream. Also, deputy sheriffs work for Sheriff’s Offices; police officers work for Police Departments. Shows lack of basic understanding of how law enforcement is titled and functions.

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