April 5

NYPD Psych Disqualification Tips for Oral Psychological Interview

What are the best tips for doing well on a NYPD Oral Psychological Interview?

  1.  Cooperate by arriving on time and being properly dressed.
  2. Show respect for the psychologist by addressing them as “Doctor”, not Chief, Boss, Pal or Buddy which will get you disqualified for showing disrespect during an interview.
  3. Realize that the interview can be aggressive and your answers will be challenged.  The psychologist may loop back and repeat prior questions to ensure you are being consistent in your answers.
  4. Be forthcoming because deceptive answers can be more damaging than revealing answers that you think are problematic.
  5. At the end of the interview you will be asked to provide authorizations for your school, medical and other records, and if those documents contain information contradicting your answers you can expect a negative result.

Candidates may have an overflowing inbox with 25, 50 or 100 emails a day, but if you miss a Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) email for a NYPD psychological disqualification or a Notice of Disqualification (NOD) and you do not respond within 30 days, your appeal may be dismissed.

Candidates may claim, “I never got it!”, but evidence can be submitted with the day, date and time the email was sent.

The best advice is to check your email inbox or spam folder very carefully EVERY DAY. Failure to do so will prevent you from getting appointed to the job after spending 40-50 hours in applicant processing.

Another tip may be to set up an email filter to have your email provider separate the emails into a separate folder.

Case dismissals are occurring more frequently, so you must pay close attention in order to prevent negative results.

I am a successful civil service attorney with more than 18  years of experience.  I have many clients who are currently working as Police Officers because I helped them win their disqualification appeal. I can help you too.

If you received a NYPD Psych NOPD and would like to schedule a free consultation, please feel free to call me at 516 248 0040.

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November 3

NYPD Psychological Disqualification – 2nd Interview

There has been an increase in NYPD Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) emails going out to candidates. On a good note, if you receive one of these emails the success rate following second interviews has increased recently at the NYPD Psych Services Units located in Lefrak City in Queens, as well as the alternate location in Brooklyn.

You need to file a Disqualification Appeal in order to get this opportunity. When you receive the email, it will state that you have 30 days to appeal.

I offer free phone and ZOOM consultations for those who have questions about the appeal process and their chances based upon their history and the original psychological interview with the NYPD psychologist. If you do not appeal, your chances of winning an appeal later on in your life after another examination are greatly reduced.

The fact that there is an appeal process shows that hiring agencies can be wrong in judging character and psychological suitability of candidate. The appeal process also shows that a second interview with a senior or reviewing psychologist can find that the reason and/or rationale cited by the original interviewing NYPD psychologist was misplaced or wrong.

Also a reviewing NYPD psychologist can find that the testing scores on instruments such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) and the California Psychological Inventory (CPI) have been misapplied or misused by the interviewing psychologist.


November 1, 2020 – “Kevin helped me in my appeal and my disqualification was reversed after a second interview and now I’m going in to the NYPD class of Nov. 2020 class. The process went really fast and the experience was great!”
Steven G.

March 24, 2020 – “Kevin helped me get my disqualification reversed after a second interview.”
Anne L.

March 11, 2020 – “I was disqualified and got a second interview and prepared with Kevin Sheerin in his office and my disqualification was reversed.”
Jeff J.

August, 2020 – “My experience with Mr. Sheerin was great from start to finish. I contacted Mr. Sheerin when I first got my NOPD, and he got to work right away. With his help I was able to thoroughly prepare for my second interview with the NYPD, which was a success.”
Anthony R.

If you receive a Notice of Proposed Disqualification please call me at 516-248-0040 or email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com

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November 2

NYPD Psychological Disqualification Appeal

NYPD Psychological Disqualification Appeal

18 years ago I helped a NYPD Police Officer candidate with their disqualification and won the very first appeal I ever had before the New York City Civil Service Commission. The candidate had made some poor decisions in life by using drugs during high school and being issued a summons for making graffiti.  Since that time I have helped many disqualified candidates win their appeals for various civil service jobs.

Part of the success I’ve had is working with candidates by telling the story of their life, their background and their issues to prove their psychological suitability or ability to perform the job despite some imperfection or issue.

It is so important to get the facts before you act. In order to get the facts, a client needs to be interviewed for a thorough, complete and accurate report of anything that forms the rationale for the hiring agency’s decision to disqualify them. In addition, there is document review, which requires an in depth interview and a careful reading of all information that constitutes the disqualification decision.

Understanding the appeal process is also important. Knowing what arguments will be compelling and decisive provides the best value to the client to assure the best chances of success.

One of my greatest rewards is hearing from a client that they have been successful.

Fortunately for candidates, the NYPD Psychological Disqualification appeal process lately has resulted in more reversals after a second interview at 1 Lefrak City Plaza in East Elmhurst, Queens. Preparation with disqualified clients has lead to increased percentages of reversals after the second interview. Tips and tactics and how to avoid the traps that could cause you problems are the main focus of the preparation.

It has been my pleasure over the years to assist disqualified candidates to open up and explain what has happened, and to take a deep dive into their past to understand not only the negative things but, also the positive things that make them a good candidate. This includes: 1) military veterans, including those who served in combat; 2) people who have overcome adversity in their life, including those with difficult upbringings and/or limited opportunities; 3) people who have struggled with learning disabilities, individual education plans (IEPs), Special Education, Resource Room, Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder; and, 4) those who have used Attention medicines or have other challenges.

I believe you will be satisfied with your efforts to successfully challenge your NYPD Psychological Disqualification. This is a process that is already in place and there is no harm in filing an appeal. If you have a strong interest in law enforcement or the NYPD in particular, you will need to challenge the disqualification. Over the years, all of these successful challenges have proven that not every disqualification is correct.

If you receive a NOPD, YOU MUST ACT! Your disqualification will become final unless you appeal.

I would be happy to speak with you to discuss your disqualification.
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November 2

NYPD Psychological Appeals-NYPD NOPD Appeals

If you receive a NYPD NOPD psychological disqualification call (516) 248-0040 or email kevin@sheerinlaw.com to schedule a free in office consultation.

I have been helping disqualified candidates appeal their NYPD psychological or character disqualifications for 18 years.

I offer many opportunities during the course of your appeal to visit with me and spend time with me in my office. The first opportunity is when you receive a Notice of Proposed Disqualification or NOPD.

I offer a free in-office consultation. I will meet with you to discuss your history and how the interview with the hiring agency’s psychologist went.  We will discuss the topics the NYPD psychologist focused on during your interview.  We will also talk about your history, including any arrests or violations, or any incidents or problems you may have had in school, at work or in relationships.

During the office consultation I will also explain in detail the Disqualification Appeal process.

This consultation usually takes approximately an hour. After such time, you will better understand the process and issues that will ultimately determine your case. I will let you know what I believe your chances are of having your disqualification reversed and what the next best step for you might be.

Once you file your NOPD appeal with your chosen Mental Health Professional (MHP), the NYPD is more frequently offering a second interview at 1 Lefrak City Plaza in East Elmhurst, Queens. These re-interviews are with a different uni,t which is separate from the Candidate Assessment Division on 20th Street in the old Police Academy building.

If you receive one of these notifications I will prepare with you in my office and we will discuss tips and tactics you will need to succeed and how to avoid traps in the re-interview.  We will also discuss the key issues involved in your case so that you will have greater insight, rather than go in blindly into this re-interview.

During this preparation session you will gain insight into why the hiring agency believes you should be disqualified, and why they believe you are psychologically unsuitable. Gaining this insight will give you a step up in your appeal.

If you are unsuccessful or do not receive a second psych interview you will receive a Notice of Disqualification (NOD).  At this point your appeal is filed with the New York City Civil Service Commission. Even at this second step of the disqualification process candidates are more frequently receiving an additional re-interview. If you receive an additional re-interview after the appeal to the Civil Service Commission, I will again offer you a preparation session in my office to discuss the process, and your best chances to succeed.

Once the NYPD submits documentation supporting their decision to uphold your disqualification, I request time to submit a Reply.  At this time, I will take the arguments the NYPD presented and reply to those contentions, as well as point out where they are exaggerated, misguided, distorted or just plain wrong.

After filing an appeal to the New York City Civil Service Commission some candidates are granted a Hearing before the Commission. If you receive this hearing I will prepare with you in my office for approximately two hours to again talk about the issues that are going to determine the outcome of your case. I will discuss with you the proper attire and grooming required when you attend the hearing.  We will discuss everything so you thoroughly understand the function of the New York City Civil Service Commission and what type of issues they would like resolved in order to have your disqualification reversed.

My standard fee for all of these services is $2500, which also includes a hearing before the New York City Civil Service Commission, if one is granted. This fee includes an initial in-office consultation and an in-office preparation session for every re-interview you receive and at least one 2-hour preparation session if you receive a Hearing before the New York City Civil Service Commission.

This is the same fee I have been charging since I began my practice, handling this type of work in 2003.

I believe meeting with candidates in person and spending time with them is crucial in deciding the best next step for a potential NYPD career or other job choices. Spending your time drilling down on the issues that form the basis of a disqualification with someone who has 18 years of experience doing this type of work is crucial, as you will get a thorough, complete and accurate understanding of what you are facing.

In person consultations are imperative to your success. Phone consultations do not allow for a review of documents such as court dispositions, moving violations, college transcripts and CAS5 filled out during the application process. It is crucial to review Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and issues regarding ADHD medicines or work or school discipline, suspension or terminations to get a sense of your chances on appeal.

Everyone knows how life-changing a successful disqualification appeal can be for you.

Investing a small amount of time, money and energy, will provide you with the best chance of obtaining a successful future.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation at my Mineola office please do not hesitate to contact me at 516 248 0040

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