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Candidates are generally not provided feedback or explanation regarding their assessment results, since the Psychological Screening Evaluations are used as an assessment tool for preemployment and/or security screenings, and providing such detailed information to disqualified Candidates could potentially:

1) undermine the independence of a second-opinion process, which a Candidate can request in the event they were

Psychologists do not use just one item of information, but consider various integrate data when making a Suitability Determination. At the final step of the evaluation process, the Psychologist considers all of the information gathered when asking themselves the single, ultimate question: Does this candidate meet the minimum statutory, regulatory, and agency-specific criteria for psychological

The Psychological Screening Interview is conducted to provide the NYPD Psychologist with detailed information about each candidate. As a candidate, you should be prepared to answer many questions, offer complete explanations and make yourself available for whatever period of time the Psychologist deems necessary to conduct a thorough Interview. It is important candidates understand that

Dimension 10: Avoiding Substance Abuse and Other Risk-Taking Behavior:

Avoiding Substance Abuse and Other Risk-Taking Behavior includes not participating in behavior that is inappropriate, self-damaging or adversely impacts organizational functioning. This includes alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, the sale of drugs and gambling. Substance Abuse and Other Risk-Taking Behavior include:

• Abusing alcohol and

Dimension 9: Assertiveness/Persuasiveness:

Assertiveness/Persuasiveness involves taking control of a situation in a calm and assertive manner without hesitation, even under dangerous and/or adverse conditions. It includes the ability to:

• Confront individuals when appropriate;
• Act assertively and without hesitation;
• Not be easily intimidated;
• Use force, including deadly force, when necessary;
• Assert

Dimension 8: Decision-Making/Judgment:

Decision-Making/Judgment involves common sense and the ability to make sound decisions, demonstrated by the ability to properly and quickly assess situations to determine/take appropriate action. It also involves the ability to examine information to determine what is/is not important, and then use that information effectively. It includes:

• Thinking on your feet,

Dimension 7: Emotional Regulation/Stress Tolerance:

Emotional Regulation/Stress Tolerance involves the ability to maintain composure and stay in control, even during high pressure emergency events and other stressful situations. It also requires taking negative aspects of the job in stride and maintaining an even temperament, as well as accepting criticism without becoming defensive or having it

Dimension 6: Integrity/Ethics:

Integrity/Ethics requires maintaining high standards of personal conduct, such as honesty, impartiality and trustworthiness, as well as abiding by laws, rules, regulations, and procedures, which also means:

• Not abusing the system or using your position for personal gain;
• Not bending rules or otherwise attempting to beat the system; and

Dimension 4: Conscientiousness/Dependability:

Conscientiousness/Dependability involves diligent, reliable, conscientious work patterns, and performing in a timely, logical manner in accordance with rules, regulations and organizational policies.

Conscientiousness/Dependability includes:

• Carrying out assigned tasks thoroughly, timely and successfully to completion;
• Maintaining a punctual and reliable attendance record;
• Persevering through many types of situations (i.e. unforeseen

Dimension 5: Impulse Control/Attention to Safety:

Impulse Control/Attention to Safety involves taking proper precautions and avoiding impulsive and/or unnecessarily risky behavior to ensure the safety of yourself and others. It includes the ability and mindset to think before acting – to avoid knee-jerk reactions and instead act with consciousness to best address the situation at