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    First interview

    I have my first interview for a police officer position soon. Any words of advice? Any thoughts on things I should ask (I've been trying to compile a list)?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Generally you don't ask questions at your interview...you are expected to have done your homework and know all about your potential employer. This is their chance to get to know you and make the determination whether they want to hire you or not based on what you are all about. The rest of your life and career based on a 45 minute interview....neat huh?

    First...get a very professionals businesses suit. I like blue with white shirt, red tie, and black wing tips.

    Second... have a really good answer ready for the question "Why do you want to be a police officer?"

    Have an even better one ready for the question, "Tell us about yourself" this is your time to shine and stand out from the competition .

    There will usually be a host of other questions relating to ethical questions and stuff that you can also prepare for in general.

    In the end the panel will likely ask if you have anything you would like to ask them or anything you would like to say. DON'T and any questions... thank them for the opportunity you were given and assure them that if you are hired you will be an officer that they will all be proud of ...blah blah blah.

    But most important.... be yourself!!

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    What Steel City said is good. My only little two pence is to be honest no matter what. Also, around here they ask a lot of hypothetical questions as far as how you handle a situtation including walk throughs of the scenario. If you aren't sure, don't bullshit your way through, instead tell them what you would do. For example, if your on scene and aren't sure how to proceed, how would you really handle it? Bullshit your way through and likely screw it up?... or ask a supervisor for guidance, and learn so next time you know? Good luck!

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    What the other said. Know your area and employer. What is the population, how many sworn, who is the chief, mayor, council members? Square mileage and demographics of the area.
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    Have honest answers to honest questions. For some this is a calling not a job. Figure out which one it is for you. Either one is fine but there is a difference. Be yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lewisipso View Post
    Have honest answers to honest questions. For some this is a calling not a job. Figure out which one it is for you. Either one is fine but there is a difference. Be yourself.
    This is the best advice yet. You'll be interviewed by people who are professional assessors of bullshit. Don't try to bullshit them.

    Basics: Dress appropriately. Be prompt --as in a bit early, but not unreasonably so. Be prepared with basic research about the agency and community, but you aren't expected to be fully aware of it. Don't be afraid to say "I don't know" or to ask for clarification.

    And they'll have heard "I want to be a police officer to help the community and protect others" about a gazillion times...
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