Police and Law Enforcement News
Sunday, December 22, 2013
enforcement job interviews begin with the following words, "Tell us
question is phrased, "You have the floor." Other times, the panel
members will just ask if you would like to make an opening statement.
No matter how it
begins, those of us who have been involved in the law enforcement hiring
process are often surprised how poorly prepared many applicants are for the
beginning stages of the interview.
If given the
opportunity, should you make an opening statement? The answer is a
statement is an opportunity, not a hurdle. It's an opportunity to
control a portion of the interview. It's an opportunity to highlight
and talk about topics that emphasize the strengths of your candidacy,
topics that may not come up during the question-and-answer portion.
together a powerful and effective opening statement is essential in
preparing for the interview.
For the sake of
the law enforcement interview, an opening statement should last at least
one minute but no more than two. You don't want it to be a quick
sentence or two, but you also don't want it to drag on for ten minutes.
Don't get caught up on the time recommendations.
If you don't have a full minute of
good material, that is okay. Just make sure to get your positives
Start by making a
list of skills, traits, or accomplishments that you absolutely want get
covered during the interview. Examples may be the fact that you are
bilingual or you received a prestigious award from work or your
community or even that you have an impressive body of volunteer work.
Once you identify
the most important topics in your background and personal history, start
putting the statement together.
Begin with a
quick introduction. Tell them your name and a little bit about
yourself. As you progress, try and start with the best or most
important aspects you want to mention. Do this in case they cut you off
and you don't have a chance to complete your statement.
Make sure to
construct your statement in a coherent and organized manner. You don't
want to sound like you are rambling off a planned collection of facts.
Also, please don't drag the word, "uh," in between each of the bullets
on your list.
should be communicated almost like a story with a clear beginning, a body,
and and ending.
the material you deem important, feel free to mention, if applicable,
how passionate you are about landing the position. "Becoming a police
officer has been my dream, and, if given the chance, I will do an
outstanding job." Something like that - in your own words - is a
great way to end your opening statement.
You just have to
be truthful and sincere. You are facing a panel of men and women who
have been trained to smell baloney from a mile away. Do not even
consider going in and pretending to be something you are not.
Once you have
crafted a good opening statement...
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