[IPAC-List] Interview Question Construction

Shelley Spilberg Shelley.Spilberg at post.ca.gov
Thu Jul 1 12:14:24 EDT 2010

Josh -

Several years ago I wrote a guide for interviewing peace officer
candidates that may help (at least it's free):

The guide includes a bibliography and a list of selected references that
you may want to check out (including the Hellervik et al. book) that
you may want to check out as well.

Shelley Weiss Spilberg, Ph.D.

CA. Commission on Peace Officer Stnds. & Trng.

1601 Alhambra Boulevard

Sacramento, CA. 95816-7083

(916) 227-4824

-----Original Message-----
From: josh cowan [mailto:joshthewriter at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 9:04 AM
To: ipac-list at ipacweb.org
Subject: [IPAC-List] Interview Question Construction

Hi All,

Can anyone point me to good research on interview question
construction. I'm putting together an item bank of interview and
reference questions but having trouble locating good research
material discussing the recommended parameters for; question length,
# of questions/interview, anchor construction... I'll be utilizing
both situational and behavioral questions so I'm less interested in
the whole SI vs. PBI debate and I'll be using SME's for incident
identification. I'm really focused on the basics of question
construction. I'm sure these kinds of issues must be addressed
somewhere but after spending an 1.5 hours on Google Scholar I could
only find tangentially related articles, nothing exactly on point.
Any assistance would be appreciated.


Josh Cowan

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