The Police Officer Oral Interview - Guidelines for Success

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We are often asked how police candidates can improve their police officer interviews.  Interviewing skills are not taught in college enough and candidates come out of colleges not prepared to tackle the reality of a police officer oral interview.  Often candidates bounce around from interview to interview without overall improvement of their interview skills.  In an effort to help police candidates better perform on interviews, we have committed helping in better candidates' preparation for the interview.  Our instructors have given presentations nationwide at colleges and and police sponsored events to help candidates ready themselves for upcoming interviews.  We will continue to tackle these issues in articles which will be available here at  

We figured we would begin with a baseline of questions that the candidates must prepare their answers in advance.  Here are the questions.

  1. Tell us about yourself.  
  2. Why do you want to become a police officer?
  3. What makes you better than other candidates for the position?
  4. What are your achievements?
  5. What makes a good police officer and what do you bring to the table as a police officer candidate?
  6. Tell us about a time where you struggled in life.  How did you overcome it?
  7. Tell us about a positive and negative experience you've had with a police officer.
  8. What are your expectations if you're hired by this department?
  9. You have one minute to tell us anything else about yourself.   What do you have to add?
  10. How would you describe your friends?  How would your friends describe you?

A police candidate should begin preparing their answers to these questions.  Candidates should spend a good amount of time developing their answers.  Candidates in need of help should consider purchasing our Police Officer Oral Interview Blitz Book and/or our Police Officer Oral Interview Workbook.  Candidates around the country have turned to those two effective tools to prepare themselves for the oral interview.  The book and workbook are available at several college bookstores of colleges in which helps develop candidates who have a desire to seek law enforcement employment.  Colleges and Departments that want to setup study classes for their students or candidates can reach out to us.  

If you have any questions about the Police Officer Oral Interview, please contact us.  It is essential that police officer candidates be prepared for their interview.