One of the last components of the hiring process is the completion of a psychological, or “psych” exam. Maybe only second to the polygraph exam, this evaluation often strikes more fear in the hearts of applicants than any other, but those concerns are widely unfounded. The intent of the psych exam is not to push and probe and delve so deep into the psyche that every applicant is deemed un-hirable. Rather, the purpose of this meeting is to get a better understanding of each individual’s unique personality traits, assess their specific skills and shortcomings, identify their concerns or fears, and determine their fitness for a position that requires an ability to handle high amounts of stress for an extended duration.
The examiner may be looking for potential red flags such as a lack of impulse control, perceived bias, or willful deception, but they are not evaluating based on some unattainable “perfect” score. Every person is so very different, it would be unreasonable to hold everyone to the same exacting standard. However, the psych exam is a useful tool for analyzing the potential for an individual to be perceived as relatable, flexible, and self-aware – all essential components for the highly specialized position of law enforcement officer.
Please visit the following pages to learn more about each phase of the hiring process, as well as the training you’ll receive if hired.
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