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    I am currently a Fed. LEO and I failed the oral interview board with a local PD I applied to. No reason was given why I wasn't selected to continue on.

    For those of you on here who have been part of oral interview boards, how do you view current LEOs during interviews? Do you look down on them for trying to switch agencies?

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    Not at all.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by hangman View Post
      I am currently a Fed. LEO and I failed the oral interview board with a local PD I applied to. No reason was given why I wasn't selected to continue on.

      For those of you on here who have been part of oral interview boards, how do you view current LEOs during interviews? Do you look down on them for trying to switch agencies?
      No, No, NO

      Today nearly everyone changes agencies. Sometimes OFTEN.

      At the interview level it is often about if the panel thinks you would be a good fit for the agency.


      Going from FED to Local is really not any different than going from Local to FED-------They have different skill sets, different standards, & different qualities wanted. It isn't a knock on any other agency-----it's what is needed at the agency and what is wanted from the Chief.
      Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

      My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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      • #4
        Honestly, get a book about how to pass your oral board. They're only $20-$25 on Amazon. They will tell you why agencies ask the questions they ask, what they're looking for and it gives examples of board questions.

        This is the oral board. They're looking at your personality and how you act and hold yourself. They won't look at your background until the background.

        Granted they may ask you why you left FED and if you say fired that might not help you.....

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        • #5
          Perhaps it was just that you didn't fit into the mold that that agency has in mind. While boards tend to have a spectrum of answers to which they ascribe a score (or pass/fail), it is sometimes subjective and open to the board to determine if they want to move a candidate forward- regardless of the answers they provide.

          When it comes to current LEO's- I tend to expect a bit "more" out of them when it comes to contextual questions of law, general procedure, office safety, etc- BUT I also acknowledge the differences they may have been exposed to with say the Fed or in another state.

          As for questioning why a current officer is looking to make the move- I will ask straight out: why are you leaving and why do you want to work here. If they give me a reasonable answer I am usually satisfied, but if they bemoan their current agency, its leadership, its policies and so on- well that's not very flattering.

          Again, sometimes the board just doesn't think you will fit in. Nothing more and nothing less.
          Originally posted by SSD
          It has long been the tradition on this forum and as well as professionally not to second guess or Monday morning QB the officer's who were actually on-scene and had to make the decision. That being said, I don't think that your discussion will go very far on this board.
          Originally posted by Iowa #1603
          And now you are arguing about not arguing..................

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          • #6
            Not moving on doesn't necessarily mean that you "failed" the interview. It may simply mean that you did not do as well as others.

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            • #7
              You may have simply given the wrong answers to the oral board questions.

              I once sat on the oral of someone who I personally knew to be the best qualified applicant and was the one I wanted to hire. Unfortunately, he gave the wrong answers to the oral board questions, scored low and bombed out. I would up having to hire the top scoring applicant who had no police experience and who turned out to be a problematic employee.
              Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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