The Second Step of the Hiring Process

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The Second Step of the Hiring Process

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Most of the standard requirements to work in law enforcement are objective and easy to interpret; for example, you either are or are not old enough, or you either have a driver license, or you don’t. On the other hand, there are a couple of requirements that may leave you wondering still whether you’re qualified for the job.

About determining whether you are of good moral character, states don’t usually have a list of behaviors that are or are not okay. Instead, they rely on general principles, such as your past criminal history, defaulted loans or other debts, or previously undetected crimes (crimes that you committed, but weren’t caught).

Individual law enforcement departments are usually left to make the determination on whether your moral character is up to their standards, which is why they conduct such stringent background investigations and may require a polygraph exam and a psychological exam to determine your suitability for law enforcement.

With regards to whether you meet the physical requirements for the job, the first step to finding out is by seeing a physician and getting a physical exam. You can also learn about the specific physical testing employed by your department of choice – whether a physical abilities test or a physical fitness assessment – and see how you measure up. That can give you an idea of where you’re at, as well as where you need to be to get qualified.

Step 1: Complete an Application

Step: 2: Take the Law Enforcement Exam

Step 3: Once you pass the law enforcement exam, take the physical exam.  This includes lifting, running, jumping, and other kinds of physical activities that law enforcement officers are required to do.

Step 4: Take the medical exam

Step 5: The interview process

Step 6: A background and character investigation occurs.


Step Three: Take the Civil Service Exam

Taking the Civil Service Exam is the most important part of the hiring process. A passing score is 80, but in order to receive an invitation to the interview you will need to score in the high 80’s to 90’s. The exam consists of two main sections: Verbal & Clerical Abilities. There are also specialty test that can be taken at local facilities, depending on the career you choose.

Step Four: Prepare for the Interview

The names and applications of the highest-ranking candidates are referred to the selecting official. Applicants who are selected may or may not receive an interview. It is important to record an high score on the exam in order to be selected for an interview.

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