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20 Practical Tips for Your Oral Psychological Evaluation for a Law Enforcement Position

1. Arrive early.

2. Dress appropriately (e.g., dark suit, white or light blue shirt/blouse, conservative tie, etc.).

3. Be well-groomed and maintain good hygiene. (You would be surprised!)

4. If you know the evaluator’s name, greet him/her using their name (e.g, “Good morning, Dr. Wood”) with a smile.

5. Attempt to shake the evaluator’s hand—but don’t be surprised if he/she does not shake your hand.

6. If the evaluator does not instruct you to do so, maintain eye contact and ask, “May I be seated?”

7. Sit upright with you feet planted firmly on the floor and your hands resting on the arms of the chair—or on your lap with your fingers interlaced. NEVER cross your arms.

8. Speak slowly, clearly, at a strong volume, and again, make good eye contact.

9. Be consistent with your written answers and be honest .

10. Be prepared to discuss your history. Know the names and dates of schools, colleges, and workplaces.

11. Be prepared to discuss why you left a particular job. (e.g., Were you terminated? Why? Did you give two weeks notice prior to leaving, etc.)

12. NEVER show anger or cry, even if the evaluator is attempting to frustrate or upset you.

13. Convey a sense of warmth by smiling when appropriate.

14. Just answer the question. Don’t elaborate excessively unless requested to do so

15. Be aware that your behavior inside and outside the evaluator’s office will be observed.

16. Be honest and consistent with your responses.

17. Be prepared to address why you wish to become a police officer, correction officer, deputy sheriff, probation officer, etc.

18. Thank the evaluator for their time and attempt to shake their hand goodbye.

19. Do not ask, "How did I do?"

20. Present as if you are already a police officer.


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