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    Hey everyone....just have a few questions as I'm in the application process.

    1. I'm going for the oral board review this week. Is this a part of the process that just about everyone who applies makes it to or do they only select certain people for the oral reviews?

    2. For a different department, the initial eligibility list is out and i'm pretty much in the middle, around 50 out of over 100. Does that pretty much mean better luck next time or is it probable(not possible, anything is possible) that they would get down to the 50's or higher?

    On a side note, I had no idea how much preference points could help. There's only a 6 point difference between me in the 50's and the top 6 people on the list. If I had a degree or military experience to get preference points i'd be right up there....oh well.

  • #2
    Each agency has different application processes, so it's pretty tough to say

    1. Is this an initial panel oral board? if so then everyone goes through it. not sure what an oral review is. is it after you had your backgrounds completed? but everyone does the oral board and not everyone will pass it.

    2. depends on the dept and how many they are looking to hire. is they are hiring 10 officers, it doesn't mean they take the top 10. they'll probably take like the top 30 or more. why? lots of applicants are DQ'ed after the backgrounds and polygraph. then you still have a chief's interview,medical,and psych.

    I'd say out of a group of 500 applicants, only about 20 or less will get hired. and even less will pass the academy and field training and probation

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ask80 View Post
      Each agency has different application processes, so it's pretty tough to say

      1. Is this an initial panel oral board? if so then everyone goes through it. not sure what an oral review is. is it after you had your backgrounds completed? but everyone does the oral board and not everyone will pass it.

      2. depends on the dept and how many they are looking to hire. is they are hiring 10 officers, it doesn't mean they take the top 10. they'll probably take like the top 30 or more. why? lots of applicants are DQ'ed after the backgrounds and polygraph. then you still have a chief's interview,medical,and psych.

      I'd say out of a group of 500 applicants, only about 20 or less will get hired. and even less will pass the academy and field training and probation

      It's the first oral board, not sure if there will be subsequent ones. No background info or anything has been ran yet. Just the physical and written tests have been administered.

      Well, i'll keep my fingers crossed and get on as many lists as I can.

      Thanks for the reply.

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      • #4
        remember the oral board is the place to sell yourself.. so i'm sure you heard all the advice given about dressing professional , acting professional, etc... they will be interviews a lot of other candidates. so sell yourself. some agencies are pass/fail interviews and some are ranked.

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        • #5
          Oral Board

          I can only answer your question in very general terms. For many applicants, the first step in the hiring process is the written exam. Although 70% is generally a passing grade for these exams, a grade in the mid to high nineties is really required to advance in the process. Depending on the size of the agency, and the number of people taking the exam, it can often take four to six weeks to grade the tests, and notify you of the results. If you're called to report for an Oral Board, that generally indicates that you've passed the written with a pretty high score. Some agencies, that are especially fast tracking the hiring process can give you both a written test and Oral Board on the same day. That doesn't happen too often, but it's not unheard of.

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