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  • CRobertsCkvl
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    JCT,

    I noticed that the applications are due by 4:00pm this Friday. I did not notice that it was that close until now.

    Is there no way to apply online? I guess if I put it into the mail today for the 4:00pm pick up it should be there by Friday.

    What do you think?

    -CRob


    ****Edit****Well I just found the answer myself, I can always fax it over. It says to "Carefully, accurately and legibly" complete the application, but it does not say whether to write or if typing would work. What is your advice JCT?
    Last edited by CRobertsCkvl; 09-10-2008, 04:14 PM. Reason: Did not read far enough

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  • JCT
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    Hate to hear that cookeville didn't work out but I'm glad to see you are interested in Murfreesboro. we are hiring a TON of new officers this year. Hope to see you round here soon.

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  • CRobertsCkvl
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    Originally posted by 2themax45 View Post
    Keep your head up. Did you apply to any other police departments?? If you really want to be a police officer check out other departments in TN. I think when I graduated from college in 07 I applied to almost 15 departments including local, state, and federal. I kept my self busy with applications and interviews and 10 months later landed a job. Keep working out and getting into shape and start on some more applications!

    Metro Nashville,
    Knoxville,
    Chattanooga,
    Hendersonville,

    THP
    Federal Officer
    Federal Agent


    there is plenty of other officers under the TN thread that have more experience or knowledge with other departments in the state so I am sure you could find out questions or hiring info with other agencies!

    If you don't mind relocating there is endless opportunities in this field out there.

    Good luck!
    I appreciate the words of encouragement. I am looking at applying to other departments just with my current employer it is difficult to put in the time requirements needed to actually test and interview with more than a handful of departments at any one time.

    I have already used my allotted vacation days for this year and it is rather difficult to get additional time off.

    So now it is time for Murfreesboro and Nashville Departments. Right now I'm at odds of looking for other employment that would allow for better flexibility in schedule so that way I can continue on my quest for employment as a LEO or to continue on my current path and just try and juggle my current obligations.

    Thanks once again 2themax45

    -CRob

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  • 2themax45
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    Originally posted by CRobertsCkvl View Post
    Well,

    Yesterday afternoon I received the dreaded "Thanks for applying but we feel that the other candidates are a little more qualified" letter.

    Atleast I did not get to background, and get turned down for something (there is nothing in my background I'm worried about- just trying to make myself feel better.)

    Thanks to all of those who had commented on this thread.

    -CRob
    Keep your head up. Did you apply to any other police departments?? If you really want to be a police officer check out other departments in TN. I think when I graduated from college in 07 I applied to almost 15 departments including local, state, and federal. I kept my self busy with applications and interviews and 10 months later landed a job. Keep working out and getting into shape and start on some more applications!

    Metro Nashville,
    Knoxville,
    Chattanooga,
    Hendersonville,

    THP
    Federal Officer
    Federal Agent


    there is plenty of other officers under the TN thread that have more experience or knowledge with other departments in the state so I am sure you could find out questions or hiring info with other agencies!

    If you don't mind relocating there is endless opportunities in this field out there.

    Good luck!

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  • CRobertsCkvl
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    Well,

    Yesterday afternoon I received the dreaded "Thanks for applying but we feel that the other candidates are a little more qualified" letter.

    Atleast I did not get to background, and get turned down for something (there is nothing in my background I'm worried about- just trying to make myself feel better.)

    Thanks to all of those who had commented on this thread.

    -CRob

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  • WKUgrad06
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    no news is good news... if they didnt want you, you would definitely have known!

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  • CRobertsCkvl
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    Well...

    It has been a week since the Oral Interview and I still have not heard anything, which by what I can gather is a sign of "semi" good news.

    I understand that it takes a long time before a decision is made and what not, but they are wanting to make a hiring decision by November and with background checks taking just at two months, I would think that word would get out fairly quickly.

    Ah-well. Another day down that I am still in the running. Anyone else out there that is in the process also?

    -CRob
    Last edited by CRobertsCkvl; 08-29-2008, 07:07 PM. Reason: Typed it has not been a week since the Oral Interview, when I meant it has been over a week.

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  • CRobertsCkvl
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    Originally posted by Ejohnson View Post
    Wish I could have made it to the test. My current employer couldn't give me the days off I needed. So, I guess I'll have to wait till the next round (however long that is). How were the hurdles? I've never jumped hurdles before. I'm 5'11" and about 230, but I do run and bike a lot, and I used to bodybuild, so still a lot of chest muscle there.
    Ejohnson,

    There were no hurdles, there were three walls that needed to be negotiated and those were not difficult at all. When we received the form detailing the obstacle course I thought it was to be much longer than it was.

    Whenever I hear of them testing again I will be sure to let you know. The last time they were hiring they only hired two officers from the field of I think over 100 that put in their applications but both of those individuals washed out. So right now they are in need of 7 officers.

    Of the 30 that took the written test, only 19 passed and 5 of those individuals were either POST certified or currently LEO. So as long as everything checks out I would assume that there is two open spots with 14 people still eligible up to the oral board.

    -CRob

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  • Ejohnson
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    Wish I could have made it to the test. My current employer couldn't give me the days off I needed. So, I guess I'll have to wait till the next round (however long that is). How were the hurdles? I've never jumped hurdles before. I'm 5'11" and about 230, but I do run and bike a lot, and I used to bodybuild, so still a lot of chest muscle there.

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  • JCT
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    Don't stress yourself over your answers too much. You sound very confident. It's really easy to second guess yourself and your answers after you have time to examine the interview in your mind. They aren't looking for perfect answers. As you move into the next phase, just remember that sometimes, no news is good news. Every day that you don't get a thanks but no thanks phone call or letter, pat yourself on the back because you are still in the running. Waiting is often the hardest and most stressful part of the hiring process because of the worrying and second guessing of your performance. just keep your head up while you wait for the good news.

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  • CRobertsCkvl
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    JCT

    I appreciate the words of encouragement. But as the more time that goes by the more I can't help but to think back to the interview.

    It's kind of like when you're talking to a girl, once you walk away you think of all sorts of things that your "should have said" but didn't. That is how I feel right now. I firmly believe that my answers were top notch, but I guess it's the dedication to excellence in me that wishes I could go back and polish up my answers.

    I understand that the interview is not for you to have a textbook answer prepared prior to arriving, but to be able to think on your feet, but part of me knows I could have answered some of the questions a little more clearly.

    Ah-well, I guess it's part of the process and the next time (heaven forbid I do not receive an offer from this department) I have an oral interview I will be much more prepared.

    The captain that was leading the oral board stated that the next step in the process will take longer than most people would expect, and that it is going to take much more time than I would want. But anything worth striving for is not going to be easy nor quick.

    Thanks once again JCT and when I hear something I will be sure to post it here.

    -CRob

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  • Cubfan
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    Originally posted by stand_by_one View Post
    maybe i need to start wearing TWO suits to my interviews :-/
    You are such an optimist.

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  • JCT
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    Usually, those awkward questions are to gauge your level of humility, and that you learn from mistakes. If you openly admit that you are only human, and you do make mistakes, but you learn from your mistakes, you will set yourself apart from people who can't think of any time in their life that they failed at something. We have all made mistakes and been failures at some point in time. What is important is that you learn from those situations and better yourself.

    I'm glad to hear you wore a suit to the interview. You undoubtedly stood way out from those who didn't wear one and didn't even bother to shave. In this profession, how you carry yourself and how you dress can literally save your life. By showing your interviewers that you actually give a **** about wanting this job, you have already blown away some of the competition, just by dressing well. I would be willing to bet those who didn't dress up will not hear from the department again.

    Congrats on the interview and good luck as you progress through the hiring process. Keep us informed.

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  • CRobertsCkvl
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    Thanks guys.

    Well I went to the interview wearing a suit (while I saw atleast two other candidates not wearing one, nor were they clean shaven) and well it was not what I was expecting. The questions that were asked were not difficult to answer and by the nods I received as I was giving my answers I figure I answers were correct.

    When I spoke, I did not "speak with my hands" and I answered with clear and concise answers. I do not feel as though I was nervous, with voice cracks but I do not know.

    There were only a couple of questions I am not sure of, something to the affect of "what is your biggest accomplishment" and "what is your biggest failure."

    Those two question always seem to get me, in any interview I seem to be in.

    Well now it's the waiting game. Only time will tell. I will keep you all informed as soon as I hear something.

    -CRob

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  • 2themax45
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    Originally posted by CRobertsCkvl View Post
    Well, it looks like this thread has just about had it but I just wanted to keep everyone else out there in the loop.

    Today was the written and physical test date. After passing the written portion of the test the anxiety began to set in. I am not in the best of shape and the physical portion of the exam was going to be a challenge.

    The worst part of the exam was a 6 and a half foot wall. I got in line, about 10 back from the first person just to watch everyone else's technique for getting over the wall. I am a big guy (roughly 5'11 and 245-250 pounds) and I knew this wall was going to the worst part of the exam. Once I easily cleared the wall I knew I had the passed the exam.

    I finished with a time of 2 minutes and 50 seconds for a total of 90 points out of a possible 100.

    Next is an interview at the South Substation. For anyone that has gone through the process with this department, is there any advice that you could share with me? I went into the written exam wearing a shirt and tie and I was fairly overdressed compared to the rest of the crowd because the majority of people were wearing khaki pants and a button up shirt. Some even were wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

    Would it be proper to wear a suit to this interview? I feel as though it would be the best option, and considering I already wear a shirt and tie to work, it would be no biggie to add a coat to my attire for the afternoon interview.

    Thanks for all your help,

    C-Rob

    JCT is right on with the suit. Good luck!

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