Whenever you sit down in front of the police interview panel, you’ll get lots of unpredictable questions thrown your way. Some of the questions can be predicted, and some can’t especially the scenario base questions (also known as the “what if” questions meaning “what if” this happens). The police interview hypothetical questions are extremely common during the oral board interview.
Hypothetical interview questions were initially designed to measure an applicant’s ability to adapt to varies situations while on under severe pressure. You see, many recruits sail through the scenario base questions, while others fail miserably.
Here’s a hypothetical question that you might be asked during the police oral board interview:
1) You are dispatched to a domestic dispute between a male and female. Upon arrival, you notice the female half to be standing in the front yard heavily wounded with blood flowing from her forehead. She mentioned to you that her husband is armed and is nearby somewhere. What is your first course of action after arriving at the scene.
The first thing you should do upon arriving at the scene when you’ve come in contact with an injured victim is to get her to an area of safety, and then call for MEDICS. Why? Because you don’t have a visual on the husband and he is armed. So you want to get you and her somewhere near your patrol car, and then contact MEDICS. All this can be done within seconds. Next you’ll want to get a hold of your shift supervisor.
This type of question is pretty common during the police oral board interview. The panel wants to see how well you handle scenes that are totally unpredictable. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you don’t know what to do- call your shift supervisor pronto.