Oral Examination

Once a candidate has passed the written examination and the Physical Abilities Test, they are moved forward to the Oral Examination phase. This examination will evaluate the applicant's interpersonal and problem solving skills not tested by other examination components.

Questions and rating dimensions for the oral examination are derived according to POST guidelines and will be administered solely on a pass/fail basis.

Getting ready for the oral examination:

  • Get a good night's sleep before the test.
  • Have a light meal before the test.
  • Business attire is suggested, but is not required.

How the oral examination is organized:

  • Report to the examination site on-time, show photo identification and register.
  • You will be escorted to your interview room.
  • You will have five minutes to review the oral interview questions before meeting with the panel.

Taking the oral examination:

  • When you enter the room, introduce yourself and shake hands with each interviewer.
  • Sit up straight and make eye contact with the interviewers.
  • Relax and breathe during the interview.
  • Listen carefully to the questions before you answer.
  • If you do not understand a question, say so.
  • When you answer a question, be responsive, but not too hasty.
  • When you finish your interview, thank the panel and leave the room.
  • Be seated in the hall until instructed to leave.

Candidates that pass the Oral Examination will be moved forward to the Background Investigation phase.

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