• September 24, 2021

Police oral interview Hypothetical questions

Whenever you sit in front of the police interview panel, you will receive many unpredictable questions. Some of the questions can be predicted and some cannot, especially scenario-based questions (also known as “what if” questions that mean “what if” this happens). Hypothetical police interview questions are extremely common during the oral board interview.

The hypothetical interview questions were initially designed to measure an applicant’s ability to adapt to different situations while under severe pressure. You see, many recruits navigate through the baseline questions of the scenario, while others fail miserably.

Here is a hypothetical question to be asked during the oral police board interview:

1) You are sent to a domestic dispute between a man and a woman. Upon arrival, you notice that the female half is standing in the front yard badly injured with blood flowing from her forehead. She mentioned to him that her husband is armed and is nearby somewhere. What is your first course of action after arriving on the scene?


The first thing to do when arriving on the scene when you have come into contact with an injured victim is to take them to a safe area and then call MEDICAL. Why? Because you don’t have a vision of the husband and he’s armed. So he wants to take you and her somewhere near his patrol and then contact MEDICS. All of this can be done in seconds. Next, you will want to contact your supervisor on duty.

This type of question is quite common during the oral police interview. The panel wants to see how well it handles scenes that are totally unpredictable. Here is a general rule of thumb: If you don’t know what to do, call your shift supervisor immediately.

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