Are you looking for guidance on how to excel at your police promotion oral board or assessment center?
For many good officers police promotion oral board questions or assessment center exercises seem more like an obstacle than an opportunity.
That’s because, no matter how good you are at your police job, police oral boards and assessment centers only care about how you perform on that day. And too often, the answers they are seeking are not the same behaviors that you see in the workplace.
That leaves you doubting yourself with these police oral board questions:
Do I have the answers that the raters are looking for?
Which behaviors will help me score points and which will subtract?
What, exactly, do the raters expect me to wear?
Self-doubt and frustration can sabotage your promotion.
“I had my promotional interview today and I believe I nailed it!! Your program was absolutely instrumental to my strong interview performance. Now I sit back and wait.”
Are you sure you are “police promotion oral board ready”?
If your promotion is important to you, you know that where you fall on the promotion eligibility list can have an affect on the remainder of your career. Score high and your promotion should occur sooner – as well as your eligibility for future promotions. Score low and your promotion may be significantly delayed, or may not occur at all.
Why would you want anyone other than you to be #1?
That question gnawed at me, then motivated me, through every one of my police promotion processes.
When my sergeant’s promotion process was on the horizon, I was “in it to win it”. I pulled out all the stops to increase my chances at being at the top of the promotion list. I purchased all the books on the reading list as well as their accompanying study guides. I incorporated study tactics that had worked for me throughout my schooling, and I put in the time to be as prepared as possible.
But most of all, I sought to master the mental game. By using those tactics I increased my confidence and decreased my self-doubt. After the written exam was scored I was one of four out of 220 with the top written score.
“I got word this morning that I impressed them in my oral board and that I was selected for the Lieutenant’s position. Thank you for your help yet again for my second promotion!!!!”
The birth of Oral Boards Made Easy™
The oral board was going to be my next hurdle. I was not a confident interviewee. I was not very pleased with how I performed at my hiring oral board, so this did not do much for my confidence either. Lastly, I just knew so little about what it took to be successful in an oral board process.
So, again, I pulled out the stops. I attended seminars, studied relevant materials, paid special attention to “the mental game” to enhance my belief of success, and practiced, practiced, practiced.
It was while trying to memorize police sergeant oral board scenario questions and answers that I recognized a pattern. Instead of concentrating on each detail of each procedure or writing endless police sergeant oral board questions and answers, I applied the pattern and it helped me recall all of the steps.
While I did not know it then, that was the beginning of Oral Boards Made Easy™. I applied what I developed at my oral board for sergeant and when the dust cleared, I was in the number 1 position of the 220 officers and detectives who had participated in the promotion process.
Oral Boards Made Easy™ has evolved over the years so that it covers the major elements of police promotion oral boards for the ranks of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain.
“Just would like you to know, that I ended up being number one on the promotion list. I was number 4 on the written test and after the oral board I ended up in the number one overall spot. Thank you!”
What makes this oral board method “easy”?
It is not just one element of this program that makes your oral board or assessment center performance easy. It is a combination of proven success tactics such as goal setting, creating your customized action plan, and holding yourself accountable with a charting tool.
There are also ample success tips throughout the course that have been developed and refined over the years.
But mostly, it is my list of nine proprietary acronyms that – once learned – can be used to provide in-depth responses to the most commonly asked categories of police oral board questions.
Those commonly asked police promotion oral board question categories are:
- Community Policing
- Planning and Organizing
- Performance Counseling
- Conflict Resolution
- Situations / Critical Incidents
And here’s why “easy” is better
How many police oral board questions do you think a test developer can come up with from the list above? Hundreds? Thousands?
The actual number is only limited by the creativity of the oral board test developer.
Are you really interested in trying to preparing to answer thousands of potential police oral board questions? I am betting that you are not.
So, if you do not know which questions will be asked, how do you prepare?
If you are like most, you are guessing and hoping.
That’s why learning oral board answer acronyms for police oral board question categories makes more sense.
Just learn the acronym, recognize the question category, and use the acronym to cover the key talking points for a complete response. And, because you are using acronyms, they are easier to learn, easier to recall, and easier to customize so that your response sounds natural.
“I had my oral board yesterday. I did extremely well and a lot is in part to your course. The acronyms you’ve developed are a huge help. I received a lot of very positive feedback from the board.”
What else should you know for your police oral board?
It is very important that you are prepared to ‘sell yourself’ to your police oral board or assessment center. Of course, appearance, body language, and behaviors will be part of the impact that you have, but you should be prepared to go further.
Opening and Closing Statements
If you will have an opportunity for an opening or closing statement you should capitalize on that opportunity. If you are not sure if this will occur, prepare for it anyway just in case the police oral board gives you that opportunity. Do not underestimate the impact of these statements. You will want to be sure that it puts you in the best light and showcases your competency to serve at the next rank.
Knowledge of current police topics
Beyond the category acronyms you should also be well versed on police-related and police supervisor-related issues that are relevant to the position that you are seeking. Some of this will come from books, some from rules and regulations, and others from laws, articles, and court decisions. Make a list of these topics and corresponding bullet points so that you can address them if asked of you by the oral board raters.
If the panel asks you to tell them about a challenging experience that you have had in the past, do not wait until your oral board to try to think of one. Start thinking now of ethical challenges you have faced, difficult decisions that you have had to make, times when you have contributed to your police department at a higher level, etc. Then formulate a strong experience to share as well as the positive outcome that occurred.
Many processes have a chief’s interview or commissioner’s interview that occurs after the police oral board but prior to the final promotion selection being made. These interviews are often less technical and more abstract. Questions such as “strengths and weaknesses” or “loyalty” may appear in these interviews. Again, be prepared to speak to your readiness and commitment to serve your agency at the next level.
“I am pleased to inform you that I was the top scorer in my Department’s Assessment Center testing process!! I purchased the one month Oral Board Videos which definitely helped me achieve my goal. All the videos were a valuable asset for me in preparation for the Assessment Center. The leadership information along with the critical incident response video were right on point. Furthermore, your emphasis on the importance of Organization and Community coming first also helped me greatly in the process.”
How can Oral Boards Made Easy™ help you?
In addition to covering the content described above, Oral Boards Made Easy™ is a method that focuses on your development to be your best at your police promotion oral board or assessment center for the ranks of corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, or captain.
In this online streaming version of Oral Boards Made Easy™ you will receive access to 20 videos that you can watch repeatedly as you are going through your oral board preparation. You will also have a downloadable action guide that will guide you through the various exercises to customize your plan, build your opening and closing statements, and facilitate the recall of the course information. Lastly, you will have hyperlinks to over 190 potential police oral board topics to help simplify your research.
“…after the assessment center I moved up 42 spots to the overall #6 position. On top of that, I had the highest overall assessment center score out of 58 candidates… I truly believe I would not have done so well but for the Oral Boards Made Easy online training. I used the BELIEVE and RIGHT acronyms for two out of the three exercises, which were perfectly related for the exercises we were given. I also watched your demo videos where you give sample presentations which were instrumental in my success. Needless to say everyone was blown away with my results and wanted to know my secret. Bill, I just wanted to say thank you and to let you know that the money was worth every penny I spent with Finests.”
Does the Oral Boards Made Easy™ method really work?
See for yourself. Here are the results that I achieved:
#1 on sergeant promotion list: police oral board process. (220 Competitors)
#1 on lieutenant promotion list: police oral board process. (40 Competitors)
#1 on captain promotion list: police oral board process. (18 Competitors)
-#1 on assistant chief promotion list: police assessment center process. (12 Competitors)
“Wow, best money I ever spent! Thank you, the videos and reading material were all very useful and I scored #1 on the list. I was sworn in for my new role and took over my shift right before Thanksgiving. I can not say enough on how this program helped me score #1 on the list! I was able to apply everything I learned from this program and answer everything that was asked on the board with ease!! Again thank you for creating this program it’s worth a lot more!”
Here’s what you get:
You will receive Finest’s proprietary, easy to recall answer acronyms to help simplify your preparation and strengthen your overall police oral board or assessment center performance. You will have 24/7 streaming access so you can prep on your terms and at your pace. And for as long as you are enrolled, you can watch the demonstration and tutorial videos over and over again until you have it down pat.
The FREE bonus that you cannot get anywhere else.
Because I do not want you to “go it alone” during your police oral board preparation, you can message me through the online course while you are enrolled and I will address your questions at no additional charge to you. Something that no other course can give you.
“I initially used your study guide as a supplement to my prior studying habits. After I reviewed your material I soon realized your preparation course would wholly replace my previous efforts and I eagerly adopted your methodology. As a result, I was promoted in the first round. Thank you sir”
Are you ready?
Ready for the challenge of the next rank?
Ready to receive the respect you deserve?
Ready to be addressed as Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant or Captain?
“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” –Unknown
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All courses come with 24/7 streaming access from your phone, tablet, or computer while you are enrolled and a 48-page downloadable action plan to guide you through your preparation.
The viewing of the 20 course modules can be completed within 4 hours. Supplemental research and repeat practice are both highly recommended and should be factored into your total preparation time.
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“After using your program, I came out as the number one ranked candidate on the Lieutenants assessment center. More importantly, I just learned that I am being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant as a result of that test. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us. I am sure you know the positive impact this promotion has on me, my wife and my children.”
“I participated in my department’s Sergeant’s promotional process. I scored number one on the written test and began to prepare for the assessment center the next day. I came across your website and purchased the Silver access level. I only had two weeks to prepare for the Oral boards from the date of the test. I completed every module and followed the modules with the printouts. After completing the modules, I used the sample oral board questions to prepare for my assessment. My wife was an intricate part of this as she read the questions and timed my answers. At the beginning of the preparation, I sounded robotic and bland, but with time and practice I eventually scored number one on the assessment center. I went on to finish number 1 overall on the list. I was promoted to Sergeant. I wanted to thank you for the modules and the printouts. I felt as the questions were very similar in structure to the scenarios that were on my assessment center. The samples helped me to prepare for any type of questions that was headed my way. Thanks again!!”
“I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that I completed your online course in preparation for the Captain Assessment Exam in my department, and as a result I topped the exam! I found your course to be very easy to follow, and well planned. The bottom line is, I believe your course can be the difference maker for any officer that is serious about being promoted.”
“I wanted to let you know that I did take the promotional oral board for Lieutenant almost three weeks ago and received the results yesterday. I am happy to say that I scored #1. I am sure that the educational material you provided was pivotal in my success. Thank you for your guidance.”
“I found your program to be unique and very informative. I have some good news to share: I was promoted to lieutenant and started my new assignment this week.”
“I had my Oral Board interview last week and did quite well. I am happy to say my efforts and seeking out your program was well worth it. I am happy to inform you I have been promoted to the rank of sergeant! Your program allowed me to organize my thoughts and develop well rounded answers for my interview. Thank you!”
“I just completed our agency’s assessment center testing process for sergeant and scored #2. Your oral board training is second to none and helped me score #1 two years ago on our corporal promotional test. I am happy to say that I was just promoted to sergeant and was the Sheriff’s first pick of two spots. Again, your online learning system is the best and you are an awesome instructor. I am going to recommend this to our younger deputies seeking to promote in our agency. Thank you very much!”
“I had the oral board today and thanks to your program I knocked it out of the park. Out of all of the trainings I took part in (many of them costing much more), yours was spot on, easy to follow, and applicable in every scenario I dealt with. I even found that your program was a big help with the assessment center I completed as well. I highly recommend your program to officers of all ranks that are serious about topping their oral boards”