Step 5: Hiring Interview

Designed to assess specific competencies necessary to perform the duties of the Trooper, the hiring interview will be based on the Michigan Department of Civil Service validated job assessment for the position. Each applicant will be asked a series of questions in one or more of the following categories:

  • Building Trust
  • Adaptability
  • Decision Making
  • Work Standards
  • Initiating Action
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Continuous Learning
  • Customer Focus
  • Communication
  • Job Fit
In the hiring interview candidates will be asked to describe their experience(s) in the above areas. Candidates will be required to describe to the interview panel (board consisting of three departmental members) a situation or task, the action taken, and the results of that action. Your success depends on your ability to articulate what you have done to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform as a law enforcement officer, although the experience may have occurred in some other area.
 
In addition, questions may arise from the background investigation itself, personal history questionnaire, driving record, credit history, references, criminal history, resume, or other relevant information.
 

An excellent resource on the Targeted Selection approach to interviewing is the Behavior Based Interviews for STAR techniques webpage, which is provided by the Michigan Civil Service Commission.