The third step in the LVMPD Hiring Process is the Oral Board. For many, the oral board can be a challenging experience, but with the right preparation, a candidate can be very successful in this portion of the process. Proper research and knowledge can lead you to more confidence and confidence is a necessary ingredient to a successful presentation.
As you embark on your preparation for the oral board, keep these helpful hints in mind:
- This is a professional job interview. It is expected you dress accordingly. We recommend a business suit and tie for males and a business suit for females. We do not recommend shorts, jeans, flip flops, t-shirts, etc. If you have any visible tattoos, cover them with a skin colored bandage or make up. If you typically wear your hair long or if you have facial hair, consider grooming it for this interview. For any interview, it is important to look the part. The first impression you give the board when you first walk in the room will go a long way.
- During the interview, be enthusiastic and sell yourself. During the interview, at some point you will be asked questions about yourself. These are the questions you should be best prepared for. Have a structured and outlined answer in you mind that goes over your career, military, and educational history. Some people don’t always feel comfortable talking about themselves, but the oral board is truly a competition. If you leave out important details about the things you have accomplished in you life, than the raters will be unable to give you the score you deserve.
- Because you have decided to become a Police or Corrections Officer with the LVMPD, it is important that you can tell us why you want to be an Officer with this agency. We are not looking for people who are just “testing the water”, we want people who are career minded and who plan on the LVMPD being the last job they will ever have. If this applies to you, than certainly you should know exactly why you want to be a Police or Corrections Officer and you should be able to tell us how you have prepared for the position.
ORAL BOARD DEMONSTRATION VIDEOS
The LVMPD Recruitment Team has prepared two videos for you to watch to help you with your oral board preparation. The first video depicts a male candidate taking a Police Officer Oral Board and the second depicts a female candidate taking a Corrections Officer Oral Board.
These videos have been designed to give you a visual representation of what the oral board will be like. Though the questions are similar, they are not the questions you will be asked in your oral board. The candidates in these two videos were not reading off of a script. They were asked to prepare for an oral board and came in and answered the questions just like a candidate. The result gives you a good feel of what you may sound like during your board. Use these videos as a reference and a guide. You can learn a lot about the professional look, the enthusiastic attitude, and the confidence necessary to make your oral board experience a successful one.
WATCH THE ORAL BOARD PREPARATION VIDEOS HERE