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Top 10 Police Interview Tips for the Oral Board Exam!

December 6th, 2019 police interview tips

Must-Know Police Interview Tips

Passing the oral board exam doesn’t need to be difficult. From popular request, we’ve put together the top 10 police interview tips you need to know for your upcoming exam. Implement these tips and you will ace the oral board exam.

The oral board exam is one of the most challenging parts of the police test.

Of course, it’s not just your answers that matter. Your body language, demeanor, and how you cope under pressure matter just as much. Taken in totality, this is what will constitute your final result.

Long-term preparation, then, is essential. The more police interview questions you practice, the better. It’s crucial that your answers are well-thought through, that your actions as a police officer are proportionate, and that you can accurately strike the balance in your determination of when to use force.   

With these top police interview tips at your disposal, you can expect to score high on the day of your oral board exam.

Police Interview Tips – The Top 10

  • 1. Always be honest. Oral board panels have seen it all. Don’t try to pull the wool over their eyes. It won’t work and it only serves to compromise your chances of making it through to the next round.
  • 2. Always admit personal faults. Nobody is perfect and the oral board panel know this. Don’t be afraid to admit any personal faults, now or in the past. What matters is that you can be trusted going forward.
  • 3. Be proportionate. The more radical and disproportionate your answers, the more you convey to the oral board panel that you cannot be trusted on your own. You may act in a rash or conflict-driven manner and that’s far too much of a risk for any department. Furthermore, don’t argue with the panel.
  • 4. Monitor your body language. As soon as you enter the exam, your body language will be monitored. If your body language is out-of-sync with how you are answering questions, that inconsistency will raise alarm bells. Be conscious about your facial and body expressions and adjust accordingly.
  • 5. Do your research. There’s nothing worse than an ill-prepared test candidate. If you are not willing to spend the time, why should the department spend time on you? The more you learn about the department, role, and profession, the more you convey to the oral board panel that you are serious.
  • 6. Take the opportunity to learn more. At the end of the interview, you will be asked if you have any questions. Take this opportunity to probe more into the department, or perhaps into something that triggered your curiosity during the oral board exam itself. Be proactive; ask some questions.
  • 7. Avoid negativity. If you are willing to be negative about a past employer, why would you be any different with the police department? Limit talking negatively about others during the exam. It gives a bad impression. If anything, it just makes you look bad.
  • 8. Stay calm under pressure. During the exam, you may be asked police interview questions in a “dynamic-style” – meaning one question after another after another, often in an interrupted-style, on a specific case scenario. This can be a pressure cooker. It’s essential you remain calm, stay reasoned, and keep composure. That’s what they want to see.
  • 9. Add facts, figures, and personal experience. By peppering each answer with the latest crime statistics, or figures relating to the department or problem in question, you greatly add value to each answer. Where possible, crowbar in some extra – but relevant – details, such as some personal experience you had, on a recent ride-in with the police department, for example.
  • 10. Know how to handle conflict-of-interest situations. You will be asked conflict-of-interest questions, of that there is no doubt. With this knowledge to hand, take the time to know – in advance – how you would react if a parent or sibling were involved in a situation that you found yourself involved in. These are some of the most important police interview questions on the exam.

Final Thoughts

So, there we have it; the top police interview tips you need to know.

Don’t just read the tips and hope for the best. You must put these tips into practice if they are to mean anything at all. What you need to do is clear:

  • Prepare for the type and style of question asked during the exam.
  • Do your research and write sample answers to each question.
  • Know how to monitor your body language and demeanor.
  • Be cognisant of the need to stay calm under intense pressure/questioning.

By meeting these four core objectives, you will score very high on the day of your police interview test.

If you are a member of Police Test Study Guide, you already have access to our oral board database of questions complete with sample answers. If you are not yet a member, register now.

Be sure to check back to our blog soon for more great police interview tips and how to maximize your score on the day of your police test.


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