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Police Interview Questions - How to Become a Police Officer

"What are the police interview questions?" That is a good question. If you are preparing for a career in law enforcement you may want to be prepared for the police exams. These exams include an oral interview and written exams but you will never get to the written exams if you do not 1st pass the oral interview.

Before we get to the police interview questions we need to cover the basics. The interview is probably the 1st time you are meeting with the people who will determine whether you become a police officer. So, as with all 1st impressions, you want to make a good one. You want to make sure you leave the panel of police interviewers with no question that you have the qualities of a good police officer. 

How can you ensure this? Come prepared. Make sure all forms you were required to fill out have been filled out completely and make sure your appearance is highly professional. Most interviewers will expect a man to wear a suit with a tie and a woman to wear a business suit or professional "appropriate" dress to the interview. The paper work is important too. Filling out forms is a basic part of being a police officer. If your paper work is sloppy or if you do it in an incomplete manner then you are showing yourself in a negative way. During the interview there is no doubt that the panel will be reviewing the paper work you turned in.

Also as important as looking good and doing neat and complete paper work is projecting confidence and other necessary attributes of a police officer. For example, answer all question clearly and in a full voice. Being timid or shy and mumbling are instant signs that you are not cut out to be a police officer. Being a police officer means being a figure of authority both in word and action. So stand tall, make eye contact when shake hands firmly, and speak clearly. These may be common sense but are really the basics of how to become a police officer.

Now, what are the police interview questions? There are 2 stages of interview questions. Stage 1 involves 2 types of questions, verifying questions and probing questions. The interview questions that verify are ones that show who you say you are on paper truly is who you are in person. These are basic questions about name, age, work history, and education. Once these basic questions are out of the way the panel will start with the probing interview questions.

The probing interview questions are designed to learn about your personality and gauge if you would make a good employee of the police department. To prepare for the probing interview questions you should have answers or information prepared that relates to these topics/questions:

1. Know some basic facts about the department to which you are applying. Do some reading.

2. Be able to tell why you want a Law Enforcement Career. To protect, to investigate... Mention what it is that you like about becoming a police officer.

3. Be truthful about applying to other agencies.

4. Have some goals in life and in Law Enforcement that you can mention such as raising a family in a safe community, or to join a specialized field within the department.

5. Think of your strong points and of why you would be of value to the police department.

6. Be able to mention a weak point that you are working to improve.

7. Be able to talk about dependable work traits that you have exhibited in previous employment. For example, mention anywhere where you were given more responsibility or that demonstrate responsibility.

8. Military Service. If you served, what branch, what rank, what duties, did you see combat, what type of discharge, and why did you leave are all questions to expect.

9. Are you involved in an exercise program?

10. Have you had any vehicular accidents or tickets?

11. Do you have an arrest record?

13. Alcohol, narcotics, and distribution of narcotics will all be discussed.

14. Financial debt can be a sign of poor judgment.

15. Be prepared to talk about any medical restrictions.

There are right ways and wrong ways to answer these police interview questions. If you are curious about what answers work best you may want to read up on it in the e-book "Police Exam Digital Manual". The e-book can be sent IMMEDIATELY via e-mail. It is highly suggested that you read this manual if you are serious about learning how to becoming a police officer. 

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