► Arrogance or Aggressiveness
► Poor grammar and vocabulary
► Failing to thank the Board for their time
► Fidgeting, Nervousness, or Lack of Eye Contact
► Insulting former employers or other agencies
► Not having career goals
► Not asking questions
► Sloppy Appearance
► Acting indifferent or lacking enthusiasm
► Why do you want to be a police officer?
► What are your major strengths and weaknesses?
► What challenges have you overcome? How did you overcome them?
► Tell us about yourself?
► What do you like to do in your spare time?
► What have you done to prepare yourself for a career in law enforcement?
► What would you do if you saw your pastor run a red light?
► What would you do if you saw a fellow officer not pay for their meal?
► What would you do if you were called to a fight and found it involved your best friend?
► What would you do if during a call, a racial slur was directed at you?
Before becoming an officer, tone must complete and pass a course in the police academy. However, being a police officer does not only mean patrolling the streets and frightening or fighting potential criminals. There are desk jobs, community awareness programs and other tasks that require special talent available within the police force.
If you have an academic background, or have any hobby that is related to some divisions of the police force, you could be a more valuable employee. Therefore, discuss your academic qualifications and any related experience. Be factual and brief.
In most countries, having a record is an automatic disqualification. If it is, the question is asked for second verification.
Since this will certainly be verified, be honest. If you do have one, explain why and how you have changed, or perhaps were not really at fault.
The interviewee should ensure that he or she has studied all the seven stages of action points, and can recite them freely.
If you are a very inspired individual - which is wonderful - keep your response toned down. That is, be enthusiastic, but not overly so. Speak, for example, about your desire to make your community a safer place to live in, and how it has been your dream since your youth. Don't be afraid to mention the obvious advantages that go along with the job - respect, good fringe benefits, and whatever else has attracted you.
As such, you'll often see them ask questions on the following topics:
► Your view of the agency