Prepare for the Interview

The oral interview examination is designed to evaluate job-related skills and abilities such as oral communication, problem solving and decision-making, ability to deal with people, and composure. The questions are intended to identify applicants who are most suitably qualified to continue in the selection process. There is no single "correct" or "best" answer to each question, so it is important that you be yourself. 

The following are tips for a successful interview:

  • Carefully read all the information provided in your notification. It is important to pay attention to detail throughout the hiring process.
  • Make sure you know how to get to the interview location, even if that means visiting a day or two before the appointment to familiarize yourself with the area and find out where to park.
  • Arrive early; if you are late you may not be allowed to interview.
  • Dress in clean, well-pressed business attire.
  • Show that you are interested and motivated, but remember that an overconfident attitude often backfires.
  • Be yourself; don’t try to “out-think” the interview panel or try to answer as you think they expect.
  • Maintain good eye contact with each member of the panel.
  • Avoid fidgeting or other nervous mannerisms; it can be distracting.
  • Maintain good relaxed posture and be aware of body-language.
  • Respond directly and specifically to questions; avoid vague and general statements.
  • If you are interviewing for Police Officer Trainee, remember that you are not expected to have any special knowledge of the law, or police processes; this will be taught later in the academy.
  • Nervousness often causes candidates to rush to answer questions. Be responsive, but take the necessary time to formulate what you want to say.
  • Ask to have the question repeated if you didn't understand it the first time.
  • Unless you are asked, don't engage in overly long speeches about your background and experience, unless it is relevant to the circumstances.
  • Don't be embarrassed if you are nervous; the panel expects it. Try to focus on the questions and your answers, rather than how nervous you are.
  • The panel may take notes; don't let this distract you.
  • The panel members are trained not to give feedback during the interview; don't draw any conclusions from their poker faces.
  • Remember that the panelists also want you to do well in the interview.

Need help preparing?  Contact a recruiter for more information.