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  • Sort of academy question, oral bord

    My question is, what are or what types of questions do they ask a the oral board?

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    Oral board questions traditionally focus on the following:
    • Experience – assesses your ability and experience in accepting responsibilities and performing assigned tasks as demonstrated through achievements in work, school, and other activities.
    • Problem Solving – assesses your reasoning skills in developing timely, logical responses to a wide variety of situations and problems.
    • Communication Skills – assesses your oral communications skills, which includes speaking, listening, and non-verbal communication.
    • Interest/Motivation – addresses your interest in and preparedness for the peace officer job. It includes an assessment of your general level of interest, initiative, and goal orientation.
    • Interpersonal Skills – assesses many facets, such as social knowledge/appropriateness, social insight, empathy, social influence, social self-regulation, sociability, team orientation, social self-confidence, conflict management skills, and negotiating skills.
    • Community Involvement/Awareness – focuses specifically on your experiences and interest in community issues, as well as your interest in and ability to fill multiple roles and serve a diverse community.

    The oral interview is a “professional” interview, which you should adequately prepare yourself for. Here are some basic steps in preparing for the interview:
    • Do your research – learn about the department, the job, the community, current law enforcement issues within the community
    • Dress appropriately – remember that this is a “professional” interview
    • Be prepared – arrive about 15 minutes early; plan and/or drive your route ahead of time; allow for delays due to traffic, parking, etc.
    • Remain calm – interviews are inherently stressful; however, if you have prepared yourself, you should be able to relax and enjoy the interview process
    • Be gracious – at the end of the interview, take time to thank each interviewer and shake their hand
    Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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    • #3
      Thanks, I appreciate the response, and hope it will help others too.

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      • #4
        Understand also, many of the scenario questions asked have no right answer. No matter what choice you make, it will be subject to criticism and the board will try to tear you apart. The whole point of the exercise is to see if you can be bullied into changing your mind, or if you will stand behind a well founded answer. A good example is where you make a traffic stop on a vehicle and the driver turns out to be a friend or a relative - what do you do?

        Unless an department has a mandatory cite policy, most officers have discretion regarding whether to cite. Discretion is just that - it's up to you and you don't have to justify your decision. If you say everyone gets treated the same and your friend or relative gets a citation, the board will tear you apart for being a hard a**. OTOH, if you say you will let them off with a warning, because it is within your discretion to do so and involing yourself in enforcement actions with friends and relatives is a potential conflict or interest, the board will tear you apart for favoritism. Either way it doesn't matter. Your decision is correct, they just want to see if they can bully you into changing your mind. Being wishy washy and letting people bully you intyo changing your mind will get you bounced on an oral rather quickly, as long as you had a good reason for your initial decision.

        Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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        • #5
          Just don’t get asked to spell “oral BOARD”...
          Now go home and get your shine box!

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          • #6
            Wear a suit, make sure you know why you want to work at that department and LE in general, and be honest. Learn about the department beforehand (i.e. the dept is more Community Policing oriented = mention that in the oral board).
            Originally posted by RSGSRT
            We've reached a point where natural selection doesn't have a chance in hell of keeping up with the procreation of imbeciles.
            Why is it acceptable for you to be an idiot, but not acceptable for me to point it out?

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            • #7
              Thanks!! All good information. ☺

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              • #8
                I took the oral board in September for Denver and got hired. You never know what they are going to ask because with Denver it changes every year. There were no scenario based questions. Just go in there and have a good understanding of why you want to be a cop. What have you done to prepare yourself to become one. Why did you choose this specific department. And what does community policing mean to you.

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