Dressing For Your Police Oral Board Interview

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One of the questions I’m asked the most with regards to the police oral board interview is, “what should I wear.” I’m going to be blunt and straight to the point: if you’re serious about landing a job in law enforcement, then you’d better be ready to show the board just how serious you are. I don’t recommend anything less than a professional looking business suit–for men and women.

Keep in mind that law enforcement is a comparatively conservative field and it is considered a profession. That being said, you’ve got to dress the part of applying for a conservative profession.

For men, I suggest a dark colored business suit in dark gray, navy blue or black. Black shoes will work for each of these suits. You also can’t go wrong with a white shirt and a red tie with any of these colored suits. Forget about showing up in anything less. Polios shirts and slacks just don’t cut it…and you can forget about flip flops, tennis shoes and jeans. Wearing any of these to a law enforcement oral board interview will make you memorable…but not in a good way!

Also, remember to shave and get a conservative looking haircut before you go. You’re going to want to look the part.

For women: the police oral board expects you to be professional as well. Forget about your flowery sundress. You will be expected to wear a professional business suit with either pants or a shirt. Nylons are a must and be sure to go easy on the perfume and the makeup.

For some reason, women seem to do better at dressing for their interviews than men. Keep these things in mind and you’ll have no problems. If you cannot afford to go out and buy a suit–borrow one or even rent one. Whatever you do, be prepared to give your look a great deal of attention…as you only get one chance to make a good first impression!


write by Elain

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