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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Police Job Search Tips  >  The Interview: How to Handle the Opening Statement  -  Page 2

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 Police and Law Enforcement News
 Sunday, December 22, 2013
  6:19 .m.




 Once you have crafted a good opening statement, your next task is to practice it and practice it and practice it.  You don't have to memorize your  statement verbatim (in fact, you shouldn't), but you should be able to run through it on command.  Initially, you will forget parts and pieces, but the more you practice the more polished you will become.

Practicing in front of a mirror is extremely helpful.  Also, practicing every time you are in the car is great way of evolving your statement from words on a paper to muscle memory. 

With some agencies you may not have an opportunity to make an opening statement, but they may offer you a chance to say something at the conclusion of your interview.  Normally, you will have a closing statement prepared (we will cover closing statements in a future article) which is a bit different than your opening statement.  However, under these circumstances you are going to have to improvise.

Make sure to thank the members of the panel for the interview.  Next, highlight the skills, traits, and accomplishments that were not covered during the interview.  Tell them why you would be excellent for the position.  Close by thanking them again, and, if appropriate under the circumstances (your call), shake the hand of each panel member beginning from left to right.

Your closing statement will be shorter than your opening statement.  They have already spent close to an hour with you, so they're not going to want to hear a long dissertation.

After you finish, make sure to wait until you are dismissed. 

Interviewing is a learned skill.  It is quite simple: the more you practice, the better you will be.

Good luck, and use the scroll box below to share you thoughts and see those of others.

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