What the Oral Board looks for in Candidates
There are a certain number of characteristics that officers look for in candidates.
An officer is someone that needs to be able to”
- Communicate well verbally
- Good reasoning ability
- Present themselves well
- Make sound decisions
- Has confidence
All of these traits are important to being a law enforcement officer.
- Communicates well verbally – One of the most commonly used skills of a law enforcement officer is being able to speak clearly in a way which is easy to understand.
- Good reasoning ability – Law enforcement officers will often have to use reasoning to determine what is actually taking place.
- Presents themselves well – A law enforcement must not only convey a good impression about themselves, but for the department that they work for and represent.
- Make sound decisions – An officers ability to make sound decisions is crucial to being a law enforcement officer, lives are at stake.
- Confidence – Self-confidence of a law enforcement officer has been shown to be a trait of successful law enforcement officers.
The Oral Board Interview Panel will judge an applicant on if they have confidence.
Confidence is not arrogance.
Confidence is based upon the applicants’ knowledge and preparation.
An applicant who knows what is entailed with the competitive hiring process and has properly prepared will show confidence.
An applicant who has not properly prepared will be unable to demonstrate confidence, regardless of the applicant’s level of self-confidence.
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