Winning a Psychological Appeal – Mastering the Oral Interview: The oral psychological interview is a make-or-break moment in the appeal process. In this post we will provide valuable insights on how to approach and succeed in the interview, ensuring you leave a lasting positive impression.
Candidates should go into their Oral Psychological Evaluation with the expectation that it will be very stressful. This challenging environment is not by accident. In fact, it is done by design. Candidates must realize that they are applying for one of the most important and stressful jobs, with many unforeseen problems that can and will arise, and they MUST be ready, willing and able to handle them in a quick, calm and professional manner. Your Evaluator will be making the determination as to whether or not you are capable of handling the daily challenges Police Officers face, based on many factors, including body language, attitude and your responses to different questions and situations. You must be prepared both physically and mentally for your Oral Psychological Evaluation.
Following, are some basic tips you should keep in mind before, during and after your Evaluation:
You should arrive promptly, dress appropriately, have a good attitude when meeting with your Evaluator (smile, address them by name, speak firmly and clearly, maintain eye contact, extend your hand to offer a firm handshake and when invited to sit, be sure to sit upright, not slouching). Moreover, NEVER let your Evaluator see you frustrated, angry or crying for any reason at any time, as this is all part of the evaluation process to “test” your capabilities for the job. Remember, you are on a job interview, and it is your attitude, body language and responses that are being evaluated. You should present yourself as if you are already a Police Officer if you would like the Evaluator to see you as one. Finally, keep your answers short and sweet, unless your Evaluator requests you to do otherwise.
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-Winning a Psychological Appeal – Mastering the Oral Interview