The image you present in your Police Oral Board Interview is one of the most important elements to consider in any preparations you undertake.
Grab a video recorder and go through the following recording yourself and then play it back. You may see some irritating mannerisms that you can easily remove. Get rid of the 'ums' and 'likes'. Learn to speak intelligently and controlled.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
First off, make sure you are at least 15 minutes early. This will give you time to readjust anything that needs to be. Make sure you are conscious of traffic and other obstacles that may make you late. A good practice would be to go to the site of the interview the night before and know exactly where it is. After all, if you get this far, an extra drive is well worth the return of knowing where you are going.
Be positive to everyone you meet. One time, an chief was waiting in the room talking to the potentiation candidate. The candidate gave some crude reasons for working at the department not knowing he was talking to the chief. When The host opened the door, he invited the men in and greeted the chief accordingly. Needless to say, the candidate did not get the job.
Make a positive image.
Walk into the room and offer your hand to whomever is on the other side of the desk. Don't crush their hands, but give a firm handshake, even to female interviewers. Make sure you walk in with great posture. This shows confidence. Make sure to have eye contact with each person. When you shake their hands, repeat their name so you remember it. Wait to be seated and then say "thank you" when they offer it.
Wait until they speak to you. Refer to them as Ma'am or sir.
Show the interviewers that you appreciate the time they have taken to interview you. Show that you are enthusiastic about the job and department. Interviewers want to see certain traits. Empathy has to be shown. Police officers who are drones, are not wanted in today's law enforcement. Above all though, you must have confidence.
WHAT YOU SAY MATTERS
Do your homework on the department and be prepared to respond intelligently. Once they ask a question, pause to think and then respond. Control your breathing and tone making sure that you are not overly excited.
QUESTIONS THEY WILL ASK
1) Tell us about yourself. Make it short and sweet.
2) Why do you want to be a police officer?
3) Why do you want to work for OUR agency?
4) What are your strengths?
5) What are your weaknesses? Make sure though it's a positive in the world of police work.
6) What would you do in this scenario? There may be a flurry of "what you would do" questions. Some are easy, some are hard. Here are a few:
You are off duty in grocery store and see an older lady put food under her jacket.
You are on patrol and see your sergeant and another female officer (not his wife) leaving a motel?
You respond to a burglary and your FTO takes some property not his and tells you that it was stolen during the offense.
You respond to a domestic battery in progress. You hear screaming but no one will answer the door.
Thank each member and shake their hand. Remember their names and when you get home write a thank you letter to each of them reiterating the interview and maybe stressing a point or two. This is a good time to reflect and add anything that you may have forgotten.