Polishing Your Manners for the Police Exam Oral Interview

Part of the Police Officer Exam For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The fear of speaking before a group of people is quite common, which is why many police officer candidates feel stress about the oral interview stage of the police officer hiring process. If you remember the following advice during your oral interview, however, you'll have nothing to worry about:

  • Always, always, always arrive on time! In other words, get there 10 to 15 minutes early.

  • Be friendly and courteous. Offer a smile and a handshake at the start and conclusion of the interview.

  • Sit up straight and maintain your focus during the interview. Avoid yawning or slouching in your chair.

  • Listen carefully to what the interviewers ask, and ask for clarification if you think you need it.

  • Think before you speak. Carefully consider what you want to say and organize your thoughts before you answer.

  • After the interview, send thank-you notes to the interviewers.

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