Police officers, supervisors and even higher ranking administrative department officials, unless very well versed in the disciplines of the varied techniques, methods and styles, honestly know very little about the oral board process. They certainly knew what it was like to go through an oral board. They did it themselves of course, to land their own job in law enforcement.
The bad news is one, three, seven or even 10 oral boards do not an expert make. And so it goes with advice from cops to the huge group of men and women that badly want to be wearing their own uniform. The advice is generally coming from people that went through a few oral boards to land their own job, and now they somehow feel qualified to give recruits “tips” on how to answer this, and how to answer that. With that said, one of the most common misgivings associated with how the police oral board works, is the pre-conceived supposition that it’s all about answering questions.
While that is of course a component, and a very important one, it’s only a portion…
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There’s a trick of the trade, so to speak, that some departments employ. Police applicants are sometimes told to park their cars in a certain area or, the department will assign an officer to take note of applicant’s vehicles are parked. This isn’t done too often on larger departments but still employed by some smaller agencies.
When the applicant is in the interview, an officer will perform a visual inspection of their vehicle. The things they’re looking for are not only current registration, but more importantly, what’s on the inside. You can often tell a lot about a person from the interior condition of their vehicle. So, just to give you the edge, clean your car a few days before your interview. It should look orderly inside and be free of garbage, excessive decorations, air fresheners, anything hanging from the rear-view mirror, makeup and for the love of pete, get rid of your radar detector and the suction cup mark that it leaves on the windshield.
Your goal here is, make the inside of a car look like you rented it an hour before your interview. Clean and pretty much empty. No inference is drawn from a clean, empty car other than a positive one.