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KiloBravo
10-02-2011, 21:37
I have my psych and medical evaluations coming up this Friday. For some reason, this is the only part of the hiring process that I have been a little nervous about. Anybody here have some advice on how to help the day move along more smoothly? I know that I am mentally stable, and I had to have three different Dr. appointments last week to get medically cleared. I am just worried that I have made it to the final phase of testing, I don't want to screw anything up.

Thanks for letting me get this off of my chest.

DaBigBR
10-02-2011, 21:47
Don't **** up.

Seriously, though: relax. You can only tell the truth and see what happens. It's one of the parts in the process that is the most out of your control, at least in the short term.

Hack
10-02-2011, 21:51
Be honest. If you are less than honest people will pick up on it. It would be worse to not be honest and for it to be found out later, and them calling for your dismissal because of it. So, to reiterate, be honest.

KiloBravo
10-02-2011, 21:53
Don't **** up.

Seriously, though: relax. You can only tell the truth and see what happens. It's one of the parts in the process that is the most out of your control, at least in the short term.

Thanks! The first line made me LOL.

I appreciate the wise words, and will just answer honestly and hope that is enough to get me to the academy in November.

KiloBravo
10-02-2011, 21:55
Be honest. If you are less than honest people will pick up on it. It would be worse to not be honest and for it to be found out later, and them calling for your dismissal because of it. So, to reiterate, be honest.

Will do Sir. I have been totally up front about everything else, and I will continue that trend for this phase of the process.

You might also be happy to hear that I took the exam to have my name on the list to start the process for state corrections if this does not pan out for me for some reason. :wavey:

Hack
10-02-2011, 22:01
Will do Sir. I have been totally up front about everything else, and I will continue that trend for this phase of the process.

You might also be happy to hear that I took the exam to have my name on the list to start the process for state corrections if this does not pan out for me for some reason. :wavey:

May it work out well either way. To be quite honest, once I got into corrections and stayed with it, it sort of grew on me. If you would have asked me several years before the time I got into corrections about getting in it, I would have thought you were joking or something.

If you do wind up in corrections it is a good training ground for other areas of law enforcement. I stayed with it because it suited me to do so. I will retire from it in the next five years or so.

KiloBravo
10-02-2011, 22:07
May it work out well either way. To be quite honest, once I got into corrections and stayed with it, it sort of grew on me. If you would have asked me several years before the time I got into corrections about getting in it, I would have thought you were joking or something.

If you do wind up in corrections it is a good training ground for other areas of law enforcement. I stayed with it because it suited me to do so. I will retire from it in the next five years or so.

I appreciate the well wishes. I really would prefer to work outside of the fence if given a choice, but feel that I would be perfectly content on the other side as well. Whatever I am doing in LE to make a difference for my community is truly the only thing I want to be in it for. I realize that might sound like a textbook answer to a question on an oral board, but it is the honest truth. I want to help people.

smokeross
10-02-2011, 22:17
Don't sweat it. If that sorry excose of a cop in Canton made it through, you won't have any problems.

Sharky7
10-02-2011, 22:20
Don't **** up.


:rofl:

KiloBravo
10-02-2011, 22:22
Don't sweat it. If that sorry excose of a cop in Canton made it through, you won't have any problems.

Very good point! Honestly, not one I had considered either. I thank you! :wavey:

Sharky7
10-02-2011, 22:24
Get some rest and eat a good meal in the morning.

When they asked me why I wanted to be the police, I said "It combines my love of helping people with my love of hurting people." Hey - I still made it. Kidding...

Don't overthink it, you will make yourself paranoid about your answers. Just be calm and relax. Be yourself!

Ajon412
10-02-2011, 22:52
Get some rest and eat a good meal in the morning.

When they asked me why I wanted to be the police, I said "It combines my love of helping people with my love of hurting people." Hey - I still made it. Kidding..

Don't overthink it, you will make yourself paranoid about your answers. Just be calm and relax. Be yourself!

Bro, that's classic....:rofl::rofl:....At least you're honest......Hey OP, I can't add too much to whats already been suggested...There's a ton of good advise here....Good luck and keep us posted.....:wavey:

GackMan
10-02-2011, 22:56
Which would you rather be? An astronaut or a bass player in a reggae band?

Just get a good nights sleep, bring a #2 pencil and something to read... I remember waiting around a lot.

lawman800
10-03-2011, 00:11
Be honest, be yourself. If the two are not compatible... There is a problem.

You will be fine. Heck, they hired me, right?

msu_grad_121
10-03-2011, 02:02
No advice, but wanted to wish you good luck! Keep us posted! And congrats for getting this far in the process. Mad props on sticking it out, yo! :rofl:

KiloBravo
10-03-2011, 05:14
Thanks everybody! :wavey:

It sounds like the common theme here is to just settle down and act natural. I appreciate what everybody here has to say.

Vigilant
10-03-2011, 06:37
Will do Sir. I have been totally up front about everything else, and I will continue that trend for this phase of the process.

You might also be happy to hear that I took the exam to have my name on the list to start the process for state corrections if this does not pan out for me for some reason. :wavey:

Good idea. If this doesn't pan out, you can bide your time in Corrections, earn the pay and benefits, and get the experience.

I hear there is one trick question in the psych eval. If they ask you how you feel about marriage, the correct response is, "If only sheep could cook". :rofl:

jwhite75
10-03-2011, 06:50
Dont lie about your enthusiasm for guns, but dont emphasize it either. They are very cautious about "gun nuts".

MeefZah
10-03-2011, 07:12
Most psycho tests have a few stages.

Paperwork - getting the HIPPA disclaimer out of the way, general background info on you and your family situation, and your employment situation

Written test - anywhere from 200 - 700 multiple choice and T/F questions. You'll see the same (or substantially similar) question repeat itself many times. Some questions are obvious (T/F I like to watch child pornography), some are not so obvious (T/F I would rather play baseball than go to a movie).

Interview - one on one with the shrink, he asks questions to clarify your application, paperwork, and test answers. He will also ask typical interview questions like why you want to be a cop, what makes you a good candidate, strenghts and weaknesses, that sort of thing. In my most recent one the written 600+ question test was done on line and he already had the results when we sat down for the interview so he already had access to that bit of insight about me.

The best advice I can give is do not overthink it and do not try and eff with the test. Take it honestly, answer the written test questions as fast as you can (answer by gut instinct, don't think about "why" they are asking the questions). In the one on one interview, don't offer more information than is asked for, be friendly and genuine, and be honest.

I actually enjoyed the interview portion of my psych test. The doctor was a nice guy and we just sat around and bull**** for an hour. I'm certain he was assessing me every bit of the way, but that didn't change the fact that I enjoyed talking with him.

KiloBravo
10-03-2011, 07:25
To JWhite and MeefZah:

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I had actually thought about the firearms thing before as well. I will for sure answer that I own them and such, but will add anything to the question other than what is asked.

I probably am over thinking this just a bit. I have to chill out, and be truthful and the rest should fall into place this time if it is meant to be.

Thanks a lot everybody! :wavey:

Sgt127
10-03-2011, 07:30
A friend of mine applied to an agency. During the psych written Q/A one of the questions was: "I like my mother better than my father." His answer was: "My mother, but, not the way psychiatrists like to think."

Said the Doctor and him actually had a little laugh about that during the oral interview.

lawman800
10-03-2011, 08:46
Yeah... I had a good psyche interview during one agency process. The doctor and I chatted and I actually brought up some issues in life just to chat and he agreed and we just talked like regular dudes.

Vigilant
10-03-2011, 15:18
Yeah... I had a good psyche interview during one agency process. The doctor and I chatted and I actually brought up some issues in life just to chat and he agreed and we just talked like regular dudes.

I assume there was no talk about action figure costumes and such..... :upeyes:


:supergrin:

Patchman
10-03-2011, 15:46
Let's just run through the basics again.

You like tall women.
You prefer working in a flower shop to driving a freight train.
Don't draw stick figures.
Smoke coming out of the house's chimney.
Don't draw the house on fire.
Trees in the yard have leaves on them.
Curtains in the windows is a nice touch.

That's pretty much it. :supergrin:

Patchman
10-03-2011, 15:47
Oh, BTW, good luck. Not that you'll really need it.

KiloBravo
10-03-2011, 16:19
Thanks Patchman! I will keep the basics in mind. :wavey: :supergrin:

lawman800
10-03-2011, 16:25
I assume there was no talk about action figure costumes and such..... :upeyes:


:supergrin:

We did talk about that but luckily we were the same size so I lent him my costume for a party and that got me some points.:supergrin: