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1. Tell me about a positive and a negative experience you had with a police officer. what were the circumstances and how did it effect your views on the police.

2. What is racial profiling? Does it exist, and are there times when it is appropriate in the operations of police officers.

3. Are there any questions in your personal background packet you supplied to us that you would have rather not been asked.

4. We haven't done a background investigation on you, what do you thing we will find out when we do.

5. Who is your role model and why?

6. What do you think are some major problems facing law enforcement today?

They then gave me an opportunity to make a closing statement.

I believe there are only about 30 oral board questions. Plus or minus a couple.   But these 30 can be disguised into hundreds of different questions.

Here is a simple way to break a disguised question down. Dissect the question down to its simplest term, one word, of what the question is really about. Once you have removed the disguise, you can place it in one of the 30 plus oral board questions you already have answers for. This is one of the simple tools we have
to uncomplicate the oral board process.

Here is the list of the "Thirty Plus Oral Board Questions":

Thirty-Plus Basic Oral

Board Questions

1. Tell us about yourself.

2. Why do you want to be a LEO? When did you decide on this career?

3. What is the job of a LEO? Are you qualified?

4. What have you done to prepare for this position?

5. What are you bringing to the job?

6. Why do you want to work for this city or agency?

7. What do you know about his city or agency?

8. What do you like to do? What are your hobbies?

9. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?

10. What would your employer say about you?

11. What are the attributes of a LEO? What is the most important one to you?

How Would You Handle the Following Scenarios?

12. Drinking or drugs on the job? 13. Stealing on the job? 14. Conflict with another employee?

15. Irate citizen? 16. An employee crisis at an emergency? 17. Sexual harassment?

18. Racial situation? 19. Conflicting orders at an emergency? 20. An order that could place you in great danger or be morally wrong?

21. What do you say when you don't know an answer to a question?

22. Are you on any other hiring lists? What would you do if another city called you?

23. When can you start if we offered you the job?

24. How far do you want to go in the service? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

25. What are the quality traits of a LEO? Which one is the most important to you?

26. Have you ever been in an emergency situation? Tell us what you did?

27. What word would best describes you in a positive way? A negative way?

28. How do you handle conflict?

29. Why would we select you over the other candidates?

30. Do you have anything to add?

These questions can be disguised in hundreds of different ways. It's your job to take off the disguise and find the real question and have a "Nugget" answer to satisfy the oral board, get your best score on the answer and cause the board to go onto the next question.

This "Nugget" tool is one of several that can separate you from number 40 and below on a list to between 1 and 10 where you get a shot at the badge. You'll know the difference when the call comes in to go to the Chief's oral. It can happen quicker than you can imagine. 

One of my candidates, Ed, called that he is in the academy at Seattle. The day he thought would never come did! Overnight he doubled his income, moved into a new house and is loving every minute of the job he had dreamed about for years.

There are only 30 questions. What are your answers? Take the question apart, know the real purpose of the question and deliver your "Nugget" answer. Next question please.

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Fantasy land:

The oral interview is like fantasy land. It is not like the real world. Your answers in the oral board might not be what you would do in real life. Don't fall into the trap. The board understands the rules, you can't fool them. If you try, the board will crank up the music and let you dance your fool head off. Don't try to intellectualize and bring heavy logic to this process. If you do, someone, who understands the rules in fantasy land better will get the badge. So, please follow the yellow brick road rules in fantasy land and don't look behind the curtain.

You don't think so? Well, my Son's captain was on an oral board for five days.  One candidate got top scores. When they were finished and completing their comments and scores this candidate said, "I'm sure glad that's over. They said yea, O.K.. He said because their coming. They look up and said who's coming.  He said the Martian's are coming. They chuckled. He got mad. Turns out this guy was a genuine kook. But he did so well in the oral because he lived in fantasy land and new the rules. Don't ever forget this! It's a true story!

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Understand that if the oral board fires up a question that sounds like drinking on the job, it's going to be about drinking on the job. If it's a question that sounds like taking drugs on the job, it's going to be about taking drugs on the job; It's not going to be aspirin. If the question sounds like it's about stealing on the job, it's going to be about stealing on the job. If they fire up a question that sounds like sexual harassment, that's what it's going to be about, or they wouldn't bring it up.

If they fire up these questions, take off the disguise ask questions to verify what you suspect and then take action in fantasy land. Don't be like so many candidates by starting a soap opera.

Example:

You go in the locker room and see a fellow officer drinking something that looks like alcohol. What do you do? The clone, soap opera answer would be: I would try to get him into the day room, play cards and try to smell his breath; or I would have him go home sick, or have another firefighter come into relieve him. These are all soap opera answers. Don't go on this journey. They are insulting to the oral board. You will loose valuable points here. We are intelligent beings on the other side of the table. Give us credit for that. Don't start a soap opera.

Ask a question that would verify your suspicions and give a direct answer; not a soap opera.

OK, now that you have seen the list of sample oral board questions how are you going to put your answers together to make the cut to gain your badge?  If you could read just one article about how to turn your oral board scores into a badge check it out here

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