Interviewing is like riding a bicycle: without practice, you lack balance. Without balance, you lack confidence. You can wobble and fall off.
Watching interview videos only helps to a point, because videos don’t offer practice or feedback. College career services also only help to a point, because they don’t ask the uncomfortable, personal questions that are illegal to ask everywhere else—except in positions of public service.
Our one-hour oral mock interview is designed to give you the feedback you need to practice your skills, find your balance, and move forward with confidence. Over Skype, Facetime, or an in-person 1:1 (depending on your location), we’ll coach you through those and other kinds of questions, including:
Strategies to maintain your composure and manage your stress.
How panels move from broad questions to more detailed questions, and how to anticipate and respond to those transitions.
How to read your audience.
Avoiding overpreparation, which can make you sound stiff and unnatural.
How well you handle confrontation with an interview panel can be a good indicator of how well you’ll do in high-pressure situations, so it’s in your interest to learn how to put your best foot forward.
Package our Mock Interview together with our Application Review to make sure all your bases are covered.
Police department application packages are many pages long and require a lot of details. Why is this?
The information you disclose (or omit) is used during your background check and interview processes to evaluate you as a candidate.
Written communication is a vital part of any law enforcement job. From police reports to sworn affidavits to memos, you’ll need to communicate in writing every day.
Your recruiter needs to evaluate whether you can follow instructions.
Our goal is to help you provide as complete and professional a picture as possible of your work, school, criminal, and personal history. We’ll coach you on how to read a job announcement and which documents to submit. In addition, we’ll review your cover letter, resume, and application form.
Package our Application Review together with our Mock Interview to make sure all your bases are covered.
Class Presentations & Career Fairs
Agency Recruiting Program Consultation
Why Do You Need Law Enforcement Mentor?
The law enforcement application process might surprise you. Your college degree alone won’t be enough to get you into your dream job. Things you think can’t be asked in an interview, get asked. The interviewers’ tone might be harsher than you’d believe. You may be asked to disclose deeply personal details about your life. And the application itself might involve more writing than a college term paper.
Whether your goal is to be a detective, a SWAT team member, or (someday) Chief of Police, your application and interview are like the gears that will move you down that path. However, you’re competing against dozens or even hundreds of others who all have similar goals. You need a mentor to help you:
Understand the differences in requirements between local, state and federal agencies.
Be informed on exactly what you’ll be expected to do at each stage of the process.
Develop realistic expectations throughout the application process.
Know how to recognize, adapt, and respond to any surprises or curveballs.
Improve your “soft skills” skills not just for the application process, but also your training and career.
Read more about how we can help you with our Application Review and Mock Interview services.
New recruits need experienced mentors who can guide them through the complex interview process. An 21-year retired veteran of law enforcement, Paul Myers has been involved in recruiting for nine years, 6 of which he has worked as a full-time recruiter. Having held positions in five police departments of varying sizes across the Southeast, Myers knows all the variances across the application and interview process. He’s attended two police academies; class president of one academy and color guard leader in another, Myers can help recruits excel through their basic and advanced law enforcement training.
In addition to patrol, Myers has served as a bomb technician, as well as on his agency’s honor guard. He’s trained in communications and social media as part of his public information officer role, placing him in a unique position to advise new recruits on their online as well as their in-person comportment. With a degree in psychology and experience in the US Marine Corps as an armored vehicle crew chief, Myers can speak to the needs of both college graduates and military personnel transitioning to new careers.
ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTOR
“Soft skills” such as communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem-solving, critical observation and thinking, conflict resolution, and leadership are some of the most important skills a professional law enforcement officer can have.
Our goal is to help you start to build those skills right from the start: during the application and interview processes. We use our long-ranging experience across many different aspects of the job to prepare you to present relevant life and work experiences, training, and education to be a competitive applicant. We know how to excel; we’ve done it. Now we want to help you excel, too.
Read more about how why you need a mentor, and how we can help you with our Application Review and Mock Interview services.