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The police oral board is the key to moving from police applicant to police officer. Most of the steps in the hiring process are pass or fail. Not the oral board. The oral board is the single most subjective part of the hiring process. There is good reason why departments would want it that way. It allows for a diversity of opinion with a spectrum of experience within law enforcement. That is to say, a professional law enforcement opinion about you.

The police oral board is weighted heavily and is often the largest percentage of your final ranking or rating on hiring lists. Why? Because they allow your future peers a firsthand look at all the applicants interviewing. This is not a pass/fail proposition; you will be graded on many aspects during the oral board. You will be ranked according to your performance against predetermined standards and categories. Candidate rankings can vary greatly, so this is your opportunity to set yourself apart.

If you have succeeded in previous job interviews, that is good. The oral board is dreaded by police applicants for a reason, and many struggle. Scenario questions are the most talked about amongst police applicants because of their adversarial nature. As an interviewee, you will be challenged on your answer. Probably, more than once. Use sound judgment and do not get bullied into changing a perfectly good answer.

Job-readiness questions will be posed to every applicant. These will include the deadly force question (some interviews will combine the deadly force question with a scenario question for added impact). Some of these are closed-ended questions, meaning they require a yes or no answer. Do not stop there, that is simply an average score. Never miss an opportunity to sell yourself in an interview. When given the opportunity reiterate important points about yourself or sell a new aspect in relation to the question.

The oral board will have their ideal candidate in mind before you step foot in the room. Knowing the strategy and techniques ahead of time is a must for your preparation. Combine that with the knowledge of the type of candidate the oral board is looking for is the key to starting your law enforcement career now. Armed with the aforementioned knowledge you will be able to formulate multifaceted answers to police oral board questions and avoid the fatal pitfalls.

Winners have one thing in common...preparation. There is no need to arrive at your police oral board, bubbling with anxiety, with your fingers crossed. Preparing ahead of time will:

• Relieve anxiety (no worrying about a dreaded scenario question).
• Allow for better structured answers (you are relaxed, fewer uh's and um's).
• Present a more positive image (less fidgeting and nervous tics).
• Receive a top rating from the board (you prepared, so you win).

Preparation will allow you to control your own destiny so to speak. Do not hope that other candidates will do poorly, many are preparing vigorously now. Do not think superior qualifications will make a pre-employment section overlook a poor oral board. Often, the most qualified applicant on paper is not hired. I can tell you from personal experience that it is all about the oral board.

In closing, consider this quote from Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Brooks Robinson:

"If you're not practicing, somebody else is, somewhere, and he'll be ready to take your job."
by Detective Christian Cory
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