911 Dispatcher Oral Interview – Finished!

Well, my stress level has returned to normal.  My oral interview for the position of 911 dispatcher at a local communication center is completed.

I had my interview this morning, and I feel like I did pretty well.  I don’t want to jinx anything, but I am feeling good about it.

Hoping my interview went well
Please, please, please, …

I was able to answer all their questions; they didn’t catch me off guard too much.  I had my answers for most questions ready.  There were several questions about past employment; what kind of work environment did I do best in, what did I feel were the most important qualities of a dispatcher, what qualities did I feel I could bring to the job, etc.

Some questions were “scenario” questions; how would you react in this situation?  “You have call A, call B, and call C come in at the same time; which call do you dispatch first and why?”  Questions about how I would react in certain situations involving co-workers, etc.

After the interview with the Director of Personnel and one of the dispatch trainers, I met with their background investigator.  Here I was asked to fill out a questionnaire much like those used for the police applicants; lots of questions about prior drug use, alcohol use, criminal behavior, ethics questions, etc.  After looking over my answers, he said to me “You know, you are pretty boring.”

THANK YOU?!?!?  😉

I guess he won’t have much to work with.  Although, I guess the real investigating is yet to come.  I have a packet of personal history I need to fill out and return to them – complete with information about references, family background, military service, employment history, residences, financial and legal history.  They are very thorough!

I will let you know how things are going, and when I know something more.  Thanks for those of you who are sending good wishes and prayers my way.  They helped today!  🙂

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