Applying for jobs in law enforcement can be exciting, challenging, and a little bit nerve racking. To reduce the anxiety level, we wanted to share a few tips from recruiters on what not to do during your law enforcement recruitment and testing process.
- Don’t send an incomplete application packet. Your application is the first thing recruiters will see, and you want to leave a good impression. Take the time to make sure that you have proofread your submission, completed each part, and included all supplemental materials.
- Never lie on your application. Recruiters carefully read and verify all of the information you provide. Omitting information or giving false information will be found out.
- Don’t try to hide drug use. Drug testing is an important part of the recruitment and testing process, and a point at which many candidates are eliminated. Learn the drug and alcohol policies of the agency you apply to.
- Couch potatoes beware. Physical fitness tests are intense and require preparation. Find out from your recruiter what physical tasks you will be expected to complete, and then run those laps, practice those pull ups, and make sure you’re in shape on test day!
- Don’t show up on interview day in jeans. Recruiters are looking for professionals, and your hair and attire should reflect that image. Show up with a nice haircut and a suit.
- “Um…no” is not the correct answer. You will often be asked in interviews if you have any questions about the job or the department. Come prepared with thoughtful questions to ask. It shows that you are interested and have done your research.
The running theme of all of these tips is to do your research. Talk to your recruiter. Learn what is expected, and be prepared to meet or exceed the standard requirements.
Recruiters, do you have other tips for applicants? If so, leave them in the comments box.