Oral Interview

Once a candidate has passed the written examination and the Physical Abilities Test. They move on to the Oral Interview phase. This will test the applicant's interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Skills that are not tested by other exams.

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The OI score will be used to place candidates on the eligible list. 
The OI will assess:
  • Community involvement
  • Interest and motivation
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Oral communication skills


Getting ready for the oral interview:

  • Get a good night’s sleep before the test.
  • Have a light meal before the test.
  • Business attire is suggested but is not required.


How the oral interview is organized:

  • Report to the examination site on time, show photo identification, and register.
  • You will be escorted to your interview room.
  • You will have five minutes to review the oral interview questions before meeting with the panel.


Taking the oral interview:

  • When you enter the room, introduce yourself and shake hands with each interviewer.
  • Sit up straight and make eye contact with the interviewers.
  • Relax and breathe during the interview.
  • Listen carefully to the questions before you answer.
  • If you do not understand a question, say so.
  • When you answer a question, be responsive, but not too hasty.
  • When you finish your interview, thank the panel and leave the room.
  • Be seated in the hall until instructed to leave.

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