June 11

Background Portion of Psychological Exam

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Candidates are sometimes surprised by the thoroughness of the psychological exam, including the written and oral components. Additionally, candidates can be shocked to learn how thorough the psychologist will be when investigating the following: school, work, interpersonal relationships, family relationships, legal issues, financial issues, substance use or abuse, alcohol use or abuse and mental health history.

The psychologist will request documents from as far back as pediatrician records, which often makes candidates wonder if the request is proper. Additionally, early psychotherapy records from childhood trauma or a parent’s divorce will be requested.

Often psychologists who counseled candidates in childhood may have closed their practice, discontinued work, retired, passed on or destroyed the records. Nevertheless, candidates must show that they made every effort to obtain the records, and prove that to the interviewing department psychologist.

If a psychologist receives records after the oral interview, the psychologist will review the records before making a final decision.

Attached is the international Association of Chiefs of Police Guidelines for Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations. They are used by many Law Enforcement agencies.

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Candidates should be aware that if there are any documents from their past that indicate some testing or illness, or issues regarding school discipline or expulsion, or work discipline or termination, these documents will be requested by the interviewing psychologist.

Candidates for NYPD and Nassau County Police Department and other law enforcement agencies may not be aware that the oral psychological exam can be rough.  The examiner, most often a Psychologist, can use an aggressive questioning pattern to find out if the candidate can handle confrontation.  Also, the psychologist may repeat previously asked questions to see if they are are going to be met with consistent answers. The candidate may think this is unfair, and they are not being treated properly. The best attitude is to be prepared to be confronted during the interview, and maintain your composure.

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

  1.  Cooperate by arriving on time and dressing properly.
  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 may be 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 bad result.

What can be expected in the NYPD psychological testing process?

The NYPD will give you a written exam consisting of hundreds of questions.  After the examination is scored you will be called to meet with a NYPD Psychological staff member for an oral psychological interview.

You may be asked questions about your answers given on the written exam, and you will be asked to explain your answers.

You will be asked questions about:

Education History
Work History
Driving History
Arrest History (if any)
Psychotherapy or medicines taken
Family and Relationships
Other relevant topics

You will also be asked to explain any issues that arise in any of the above topic areas.

You may be asked to provide authorizations for the Psychologist to get documents from schools or jobs, and you will have to provide to them to complete the process.

You may receive notice that you have been placed on psychological review.  This review can take some time as other members of the NYPD team review your file.

Thereafter, you may receive a Notice of Proposed Disqualification or NOPD stating that you have 30 days to appeal.

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As a civil service appeals attorney with more than 18 years of experience, I have helped many NYPD candidates win their appeal. I would be happy to help you too.

If you have questions about your NYPD Psychological Disqualification or NYPD Psychological Review, and you would like to schedule a free consultation at my Mineola office, please do not hesitate to call me at 516 248 0040.

You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Visit www.sheerinlaw.com for more information about NYPD disqualification appeals.

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June 7

BE CAREFUL when hiring a Psychologist to help with your appeal…

Part of the appeal process for psychological disqualification is finding a psychologist who will help you by making the strongest arguments for your candidacy. If the psychologist is unable or unwilling to look at your good points, strengths, adversities you’ve overcome, accomplishments, perseverance over hardships, and persistence in improving despite any difficulties or disabilities you may have had, then you should look for a different psychologist. The psychologist you hire SHOULD BE ON YOUR SIDE, advocating for you. Before you choose a psychologist to assist you with your disqualification appeal, ensure that you have an agreement with them, that if they don’t believe you are qualified, they will let you know beforehand, and they will not forward their report to any hiring agency, such as the NYPD, stating that you are psychologically unsuitable.

Beware of psychologists who charge you a very low fee, tell you they will help you and then do a superficial interview, as they may simply use the NYPD’s testing to confirm that you are unsuitable, and then send a report to the NYPD stating that you are unsuitable, without ever telling you. If this happens, not only did they not help you, but they have destroyed any chance you had of ever becoming a NYPD officer.

You should make a clear agreement with any psychologist you hire that they will discuss their findings with you BEFORE sending any report to the NYPD.

The psychologist you are considering MUST understand that they are supposed to be advocating for you, and if they don’t believe you are suitable, then they should let you know that they cannot support your candidacy, AND FURTHER AGREE that they will not forward any report to the NYPD if they come to such a conclusion.

If this does happen, at least you will have an opportunity to find someone else that is willing to help you and support your appeal.

You can read my e-book about the disqualification appeal process by clicking this link.

http://www.sheerinlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Appealing-a-New-York-Civil-Service-job-disqualification.pdf

Here are two videos that discuss the appeal process.

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If you have any questions and would like to discuss the appeal process, please feel free to call me at 516-248-0040. You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com with any questions, and let me know a good time to reach you for a free phone or zoom consultation.

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June 2

Factors in NYPD Psychological Disqualification

What are some of the reasons a candidate can be psychologically (psych) disqualified for the NYPD police officer title or other civil service titles?

If a candidate had an IEP (Individual Education Plan) in school, some NYPD psychologists see this as a reason to disqualify a candidate. The NYPD psychologist will ask you to sign an authorization to get your school records. When the records are received they will review them and determine if the issues you had in school will effect your candidacy.

Another reason for NYPD psychological disqualification is if you took ADHD medicine while in school. Again, the NYPD psychologist will request an authorization to obtain your records from school, and review them to determine if you should be disqualified on that basis.

You can appeal by getting an independent psychologist to assist you, and by explaining that what happened in school is not your current condition or state. Often candidates have outgrown the need for medicines, or their condition has not followed them into adulthood.

As always, if you do not take action, the disqualification will become final and effect your ability to get other civil service jobs.

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If you would like to discuss these issues, or if you have received a Notice of Proposed Disqualification (NOPD) or Notice of Disqualification (NOD), please call me at 516 248 0040.

Please visit my website for New York Civil Service disqualification issues. 

I have been a civil service disqualification appeals attorney for more than 18 years. During that time I have helped many clients win their appeal. I can help you too.

If you have questions about your disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please feel free to contact me at 516 248 0040.

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May 28

NYPD Disqualification Appeals for Disqualified Candidates

We continue to help candidates that have been disqualified from the NYPD.  For more than 18 years we have assisted candidates who received letters for NYPD psychological, NYPD medical or NYPD character or background disqualification.  In each of these areas we have had success in appealing the grounds for disqualification.

It is crucial that you have a NYC Civil Service disqualification appeals attorney assist you in your fight to appeal your disqualification.  I frequently appear at the NYC Civil Service Commission to argue on behalf of my clients that their disqualification was improper.

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NYPD psychological disqualifications and NYC Department of Corrections psychological disqualifications are frequently appealed.  It is important to hire someone that knows the area thoroughly, has appeared before the Civil Service Commission, knows their rules and procedures and how they have decided cases in the past.

I have been a civil service disqualification appeals attorney for more than 18 years. During that time I have helped many clients win their appeal. I can help you too.

If you have questions about your disqualification and would like to schedule a free consultation, please feel free to contact me at 516 248 0040.

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May 26

NYPD Psychological Disqualification – NYPD Psych DQ – You MUST check your email regularly

Candidates contact me all the time, and email me their NYPD Psychological Notice of Disqualification (NOD).  When I ask them to search for pss@nypd.org in their email inbox they say they received a NYPD Psychological Review Notice of Proposed Disqualification 2 or 3 months prior.  This creates a problem because during processing you agreed that NYPD or another hiring agency could contact you by email.  When you miss the email and 30 days passes your disqualification appeal will be dismissed.

Therefore, it is imperative that you check your emails daily to see if you have received a disqualification email from either pss@nypd.org or APDadmin@nypd.org to prevent you from losing your chance to appeal.

As a civil service appeals attorney with more than 18 years of experience, I have helped many NYPD candidates win their disqualification appeal. I can help you too.

If you have questions about your disqualification, and would like to schedule a free consultation, please do not hesitate to call me at 516 248 0040.

You can also email me at kevin@sheerinlaw.com

Visit my website www.sheerinlaw.com for more information about NYPD disqualification appeals.

Visit my blog civilservice.sheerinlaw.com for more information about Civil Service disqualification appeals.

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