The Oral Interview will be conducted by a panel to assess your suitability for the position. The panel members will evaluate your ability to communicate, your interpersonal skills, your level of preparation, and decision-making skills. Candidates that pass the Oral Interview phase will move forward to the Background Investigation step.


  • Learn about the Department by exploring this website
  • Review Agent Duty Statement
  • Review ABC mission statement
  • Be prepared to explain what makes you more qualified than the other applicants
  • Dress professionally
  • Be confident and courteous
  • Listen carefully to the question before you answer. If you do not understand a question, say so
  • Remain calm – interviews are inherently stressful; however, if you have prepared yourself, you should be able to relax and enjoy the interview process
  • Develop a concise closing statement to summarize your strengths and why you are the right person for the job


The Department conducts peace officer interviews primarily in Cerritos, Sacramento and/or Concord for positions located throughout California.


If you have any questions, please call (916) 419-2582 or email us at