With more than 20 years of experience conducting and managing oral board interviews, I think I can fairly say I’ve heard every possible answer to every question asked of a candidate.
The most gratifying feeling a seasoned oral board panelist can experience, is grading the answers of that exceedingly rare applicant that presents an amazing interview.
With rare exception on all of the countless oral board panels that I’ve sat on through the years, one constant remains.
We, the panelists, want to hire the next guy or the next gal that walks in the room.
Interview panels are charged with finding the best applicants they can, and to that end, it’s our hope that the next person who walks through the door is going to be an interview rock star.
Unfortunately, very few are and there are some days, none of them are!
I liken the interview process to panning for gold on a river bank. You simply never know if or when you’re going to hit pay dirt. When you do, it’s a great feeling.
This is why I’ve dedicated the latter portion of my career as a police chief, to assisting applicants with honing their interview skills, and thankfully, learning to be that person, the rock star candidate, is teachable and more importantly, learnable.
To be sure, interviewing properly, in a manner that will land one a job offer is a skill, and most all skills can be taught and the skill of interviewing properly, is no different.
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