To effectively answer this oral board question, you must include:
In other words, your answer must be tailored. You need to identify factors within your life that are directly linked to a career in law enforcement.
Avoid talking about irrelevant aspects of your life – such as your favorite music band, or why you like the NFL – that have nothing to do with a career in law enforcement. Instead, identify what is relevant from what is irrelevant in a law enforcement career.
Candidates are not always asked the same questions. There are many variations of asking the same police oral board question. So, whilst you may or may not be asked this specific question, you should still understand the theory behind why the question is asked, and then how to directly answer the question as expected.
Here, the oral board panel is searching to learn:
We’ve handled this question in one of our YouTube videos. Take a few minutes to learn what to include – and what not to include – in your answer.
Deadly force almost always comes up on the police officer exam.
You will be presented with a case scenario. For example: you may be patrolling the inner city and find an individual on the ground, with another citizen pointing a gun at that individual. You turn the corner – how do you react to this situation?
Here, what officers are searching for is a detailed understanding of:
Some police interview questions on this subject are more difficult that others. What matters is that you practice as many questions as possible. The more diverse range of questions, the easier you will find it to marry the correct approach to the case scenario.
Your reaction must be proportionate, in-line with the best available evidence, and must be thoroughly reasoned throughout. Under pressure in the police test, this is not often easy. That’s why long-term preparation for the oral board is essential.
Many candidates are asked if they have ever stolen.
To answer this question to the best possible extent, you must be honest. Ultimately, that’s why the oral board panel are asking these kinds of police interview questions. If we’re all truly honest, we have all stolen at some point.
Even if it’s something small and cheap and as a kid, you should include it.
In your answer:
By being honest, expressing remorse, and advancing maturity, you demonstrate to the oral board panel that you are a serious candidate. Stating “I have never stolen” only shows you have something to hide or are outright lying to the panel. Never a good look.
Know the reasons, in detail, why you chose your police department.
To answer this police officer interview question to the best possible extent, you must include the following details in your answer:
By weaving these points into your answer, you tell the oral board panel that you are serious about becoming a law enforcement officer in their specific department; that you have done an enormous amount of research; and that you know exactly what you are getting into.
These are all positive attributions and will score very well on exam day.
Public sexual encounters are often used as a pretext for many police interview questions. You should have a thorough understanding about how to approach this style of question during the oral board exam.
For the purposes of this discussion, let’s assume that you are out patrolling late at night and witness a sexual encounter in a local park; even though the park is supposed to be closed. How would you react to this situation?
Some points worth considering include:
Of course, the precise answer you give must be tailored to the specific case study question you are asked. This is just one such example. When answering this kind of question, it’s important that your reaction is considered, proportionate, and ultimately leads to a positive outcome for all concerned.
Here, we’ve strung together the top police interview tips to
help navigate your way through the oral board exam.
Answering police interview questions doesn’t need to be difficult; all it requires is time, preparation and a detailed, well-reasoned approach.
Answering police oral board questions is easier the more practice
you put in. Long-term preparation is essential.
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