The worst thing, even beyond failing an interview is coming off shady, or like you are manipulative and hiding something. Most people fail an interview, so its normal. But coming off creepy and like your hiding something is enough to ensure you are not going any further in the process.
At the end of the interview, make sure you have a real question, based on the police service. Don’t ask, when will I hear back, or how many are you hiring. Those are you based questions. Ask something about the Service or the interviewer. “I noticed on the way in that there was a picture of you with the chief in the hallway, can you tell me if he is just as personable as they look in the photo?”
Ignore your parent’s meal-time advice
Did your parents ever tell you to save the best for last? Well they were wrong. You obviously are dedicated, and actually want to get hired as a Police Officer; obviously, I know this because you have read this article through to this point. Many others glazed through, but not you.
Ok, so when it comes to it, and you apply, make sure you give up all the great stuff about you at the beginning! Both on paper, and in the interviews! Show your desire to be in policing, and be passionate.
After all, there is nothing worse than giving someone a gift only to have them hardly react. Smile, laugh, complement the recruiter, engage with the secretary at the front desk, and thank the interviewer for the opportunity! (yes, I’m saying the recruiter has given you a gift, the gift of an interview. Most people don’t get this!) And…. Remember their name so you can address them properly by rank and name on the way out! Then two days later, follow up with a thank you email.
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