Turn Oral Board Interviews into Badges!
Here are surefire strategies no one is telling you about
If you could read just one web site about how to turn your oral board scores into a badge this is it.
Why do some candidates gain their badges - - - while too many become frustrated trying everything possible to make it on the list high enough to make the cut and be considered? What if there was a way you could convert your skills and odds from just making the list to being in the top 15 going for the chiefs interview to get a real shot at a badge?
I challenge you to read key sections of this web site and not change how you sell yourself in your next oral interview.
The Problem is Poor Oral Board Skills!
Since 100% of your score in obtaining a firefighter job is in the oral board, what are you missing that's keeping you from gaining a badge?
Bottom line most candidates don't do enough interviewing to get good at it. This is also true for any job interview. You've got around 20 minutes for a 25+ year career. How are you going to stun the oral board panel to convince them to give you the badge over the other candidates?
Most candidates do poorly on their oral boards. The problem is most of them don't know how poorly they're doing. I've seen it too often after being on over 175 oral boards. It's the most misunderstood and least prepared for portion of the testing process.
I've seen candidates with great credentials, but can't present the package at the interview. And, if you can't present the package, you don't get the job . . . Period! Never! Ever!
Law Enforcement Entry Level Oral Board Questions
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.
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
Here is the list of the "Thirty Plus Oral Board Questions":
Thirty-Plus Basic Oral
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.
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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