The following tips will assist you in adequately preparing for a job interview,
including the Police Officer Series Oral Board Interviews.
Understanding the Interview Process
Interviews assess your communication abilities. Your attitude (i.e., your approach
toward the job in question) can also be observed. These abstract attitudes and communication
abilities are not as effectively measured on a written test. Therefore, you will
be asked standard job-related questions.
You will probably see the interviewers taking notes as you speak. What they are
doing is recording their reaction to your responses, usually in accordance with
some established guidelines.
You may be rated on various abstract components, including appearance, maturity,
oral communication skills, judgment, understanding of the position, attitude, self-confidence,
reaction to stress, interpersonal skills, personal integrity, organizing and planning,
objectivity, and empathy.
Preparation - Days Prior to the Interview
Preparation - Immediately Before Interview
On the day before the interview, you should prepare just as you would for any other
Day of Interview
Wear conservative clothing (navy, black or grey in color), preferably a suit that
is neatly pressed.
Wear necktie with a conservative pattern.
Wear dark socks.
Do not wear earrings and remove other exposed body piercings.
Consider covering exposed tattoos.
Wear a suit or a dress with a jacket (navy, black or grey in color), preferably
a suit/dress that is neatly pressed.
Wear conservative hosiery at or near skin color (no runs).
Do not wear extremely high-heeled shoes.
Wear conservative makeup and a conservative color of nail polish.
Wear conservative earrings and remove other exposed body piercings.
Consider covering exposed tattoo