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Old 05-04-2013, 8:43 AM
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I have an oral board coming soon. I have been studying the city, and brushing up on my speaking skills. I took a speech class last quarter at my school, I still attend a J.C. though I'm 26, and working toward transferring to a CSU more for a personal accomplishment.

Anyway, I have not had the opportunity to ride with this department, the written was a few weeks ago and I was just notified I passed and orals are next week. Is that a major setback in the oral panel being I am also not involved in volunteering with the community?

What are some points if people don't mind sharing I should emphasize during the panel or any advice?

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Old 05-04-2013, 8:27 PM
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Old 05-04-2013, 9:23 PM
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There really are no tough questions for an entry level position, just use common sense. I would suggest wearing a nice suit, be on time, respectable and confident.
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You might want to study up on the overall picture.. Like the population served, mission statement of the Department, special programs. Look up the web page and see all the stuff they think is important enough to put there.
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Old 05-05-2013, 6:55 AM
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You might want to study up on the overall picture.. Like the population served, mission statement of the Department, special programs. Look up the web page and see all the stuff they think is important enough to put there.
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dont just ramble on about the different community programs or specialized units the department has. try and mention how one them may relate to you or something in your background that will give them the impression that it is something you would excell at
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:29 AM
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Thank you.

For those who have sat as a proctor, is there anything that is a significant turn off. I've narrowed my intro to basically sum up not where I'm from and went to school, but I'm trying to focus how my upbringing would make me an asset to the agency. Briefly mentioning challenges and how they shaped my character. Sound like a plan or could I shoot myself in the foot and bore them?

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From my experience, oral boards range from, "Tell me about yourself," to being given a specific scenario and asked how you'd respond to it.

However, most questions generally center on past performance in certain areas applicable to law enforcement. Like, when's the last time you made a decision and had to defend it.

I just went through an oral board last week and let me give you the best piece of advice I can, RELAX! After the first couple minutes you realize that it's nothing more than just talkng.
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From my experience, oral boards range from, "Tell me about yourself," to being given a specific scenario and asked how you'd respond to it.

However, most questions generally center on past performance in certain areas applicable to law enforcement. Like, when's the last time you made a decision and had to defend it.

I just went through an oral board last week and let me give you the best piece of advice I can, RELAX! After the first couple minutes you realize that it's nothing more than just talkng.
This...

The federal agent board for us is 5 hours at a minimum and its situational awareness, telling about yourself and common sense. A lot of just talking it seemed after the first 20 or so minutes. There was an ASAIC and two agents doing the interview/board.
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5 Hours?!? That would be insane, I would not want to sit there and talk to anybody for a constant 5 hours.
You have no choice. Everyone calls it the 5 hour dreaded interview. Just be calm, be yourself, be honest, and use common sense.
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Well I'm up in and hour and some change, thanks to those who tossed advice my way.
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Well I'm up in and hour and some change, thanks to those who tossed advice my way.
Please let us know how it went and any other addition advices you may have. I am also seeking a career in law enforcement and just through the written and PAT exam.
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Good luck! When you're done, write down as many questions and scenarios that you can remember. It will help you better prepare for the other oral panels you will have during your career...
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Make sure your phone is turned off..
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It was off, other than what I'd recommend is to stay on track with your answers.
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Hahaha, details needed!!!
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Old 05-08-2013, 2:59 PM
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Nah
I didn't ramble or at least tried bot too, but I tried to elaborate so the panel understood my train of thought. I then wound up cutting my answer short so I didn't ramble and bore them because I sensed it was going that direction.

What are some things some candidates participate in other than reserves and explorers to set themselves apart? I feel I came up short in that area.

I was a fire explorer in highschool but other than the community interaction aspect I don't see how it applies to L.E. so I mentioned nothing of it. I tried to focus more on my current job and the responsibilities it carries in the field and as a supervisor.
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Good luck! When you're done, write down as many questions and scenarios that you can remember. It will help you better prepare for the other oral panels you will have during your career...
Thanks, yeup cause this definitely is just the first.
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Well, I got an e-mail today already that I passed the first and the next panels are coming soon.

Please wish me luck, and thanks for all of the advice in this and other threads.
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Good job, keep studying and you'll do fine
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It says one hour there is a written supplemental exercise and a 25 minute interview. Is it safe to assume I'm going to be writing a statement why I'm qualifed? Or what type of things do they usually ask you to write about?
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Thank you.
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The topic of a written supplement is usually about nothing relevent. The purpose is to see if you can write.

Half of the trainees who get hired and get washed out is because of poor writing skills. Do not cursive write, print uppercase.

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Old 05-11-2013, 3:19 PM
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The topic of a written supplement is usually about nothing relevent. The purpose is to see if you can write.

Half of the trainees who get hired and get washed out is because of poor writing skills. Do not cursive write, print uppercase.

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The topic of a written supplement is usually about nothing relevent. The purpose is to see if you can write.

Half of the trainees who get hired and get washed out is because of poor writing skills. Do not cursive write, print uppercase.

Good luck
On top of that, it is likely to be some type of essay that makes you choose. That being said, articulate your position well, and in the oral, they will try to make you flip...don't.
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My written was a 20 minute exercise detailing what I did from the time of getting up to the time I stepped into the department for the written exercise. As previously stated, the topic is random and not worth worrying about, the exercise is all about how well you strings words into sentences and sentences into paragraphs.

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Good luck just-in!
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The ones I've been in usually go like this....
- tell us about yourself
-why this agency
-what will you do for this agency
- ethical question
- use of force scenario question
- do you have any questions for us
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Old 05-21-2013, 5:37 PM
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Second interview went well, I placed in group 1 of 3 at 90% overall. Chiefs interview was today 16 people made it this far 5 will see the academy. I don't feel I made the cut but its been great so far! Find out next week for sure but yeah...
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Congrats on being a top candidate.
Fingers crossed for you man.
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Whatever the outcome is, just remember that everything happens for a reason. Good luck Just-in!
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Got my rejection in the mail, taking notes crossing fingers for the next round
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Got my rejection in the mail, taking notes crossing fingers for the next round
Sorry to hear that man. Keep pushin'.
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