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State Trooper Candidate – Sample interview questions

policeoralboardintebanner State Trooper Candidate   Sample interview questionsYears ago becoming a state trooper wasn’t as hard as it is today. Back then, state and local agencies alike were looking for people who were physically built for the job.

Meaning if you were around 6’3″, you were probably a lock to get hired. Politics also played a major role on who got hired as well. If you didn’t have a family member that was a trooper, you were pretty much got passed over.

Fast forward a bit to the present, you’ll notice the good ole boy system in the state police community is now extinct. As a result of this movement, more and more people are applying to become a state trooper.

When you also factor in the current state of the economy with people desperately looking for the security in government jobs, the competition to become a state cop is fierce.

With that being said,  it has become even more important for a potential candidate to stand out from the pack. The first chance you’ll get to do just that is during your initial oral board interview.

Many applicants struggle with the scenario questions, which are designed to measure your judgment and reasoning skills during stressful events. Some candidates freeze up and do very poorly while some do very well on the interview. The failure rate on the interview alone is very high.

The one thing you can do to make sure that you don’t bomb the interview is to institute proper preparation. One of the best way to prepare for the state trooper oral board interview is to get a comprehensive list of the most commonly asked state police interview questions. Once you get a good list from a reputable source, you can now roll play answering the questions over and over again.

Here’s how to get a good list of common law enforcement interview questions:

First and foremost, you must understand a good portion of the panel’s questions are predictable, meaning there are questions you are going to be asked no matter what state you are applying to. The questions may be worded a little differently, but it’s all the same stuff. I’m not saying I can predict all of the questions, but a large part of it I know without a doubt you’ll be asked.

One of the more genius ways that you can get some good interview tips including best answers is by visiting reputable police  interview websites like Police Oral Board Interview Secrets.

Here’s a few interview questions below that you should prepare to answer.

  • Why do you want to be a state trooper/state police for (insert state here)?
  • How did you prepare yourself for this position?
  • Tell us about your experience and training as it relates to this position?
  • Why have you considered a career with the (insert your state here) state police?
  • Tell us a few things that you’ve accomplished in life that you’re very proud of and why?
  • What do you consider to be your greatest strength/weakness?
  • Give a situation that demonstrated your ability to work with others?
  • How have you handled criticism in the past? Give us an example?
  • What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
  • How would you rate your work ethic, with 1 being on the low end and 10 being high ? Give us an example of a time in your life where you demonstrated superior work ethic?
  • How has your education and training prepared you for a career in law enforcement?
  • In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable.
  • How would you rate your ability to work under extreme pressure? What is the basis for this rating?

As I mentioned above you should expect to get alot of scenario questions designed to measure your abilities under stressful circumstances. Generally, these questions have no clear cut right or wrong answers. Instead, the panel will be looking at your decision making ability and justifications for your actions.

The key to being successful in this type of question and answer segment is to simply be yourself. Use good common sense and answer the questions the way you would actually handle the situations. The panel DOES NOT expect you to have any prior police experience to answer these questions. They do expect you to approach them logically by applying common sense and interpersonal skills.

Normally the final question of the interview will be something like this:
“Is there anything you would like to share that will help us with our rankings?”

Remember this is your last opportunity to sell yourself to the hiring board, You should prepare a well thought out answer.

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Officer Forestal has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, 8 years law enforcement experience and is a graduate of the 2002 Police Corps, where he was recognized as an expert shooter. Former Collegiate all-American, certifield personal trainer and author of several fitness and police related books such as the Police Oral Interview Secrets, and Police Exam For Dummies. As a Law Enforcement enthusiast, E.L. has helped hundreds of candidates "ACE" their respective entrance exam and the oral board interview. Learn More...


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