Going to a job interview will never get any easier, even when you have gone to more interviews than you can count. You are meeting new people, selling yourself , your skills, and at times you’re told in a politically correct way that you didn’t get the job.
I don’t want to bring you down, but if you want to work for the federal government (FBI, DEA, ATF, CIA, border patrol protection, and/or the secret service) the interview is even tougher.
I had to sit through a panel interview before I became a police officer several years ago and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. I’m guessing that the federal government’s interview process is by far more diffcult than local law enforcement agencies.
That’s why I recommend that every applicant interested in law enforcement should check out Robert Lawrence’s Killer Interview Secrets training video. You will learn highly effective interviewing techniques that will have the panel chomping at the bit to hire you. The video will be an eye opener for you and your competition won’t be as prepared as you.
Here are some great job interview questions and tips that will help you prepare for the federal government interview. Remember, proper preparation will help alleviate stress and nervousness.
Behavioral Interview Questions For Federal Law Enforcement Applicants:
- What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
- Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).
- Tell me about a difficult decision you’ve made in the last year.
- Give me an example of a time when something you tried to accomplish and failed.
- Give me an example of when you showed initiative and took the lead.
- Tell me about a recent situation in which you had to deal with a very upset customer or co-worker.
- Give me an example of a time when you motivated others.
- Tell me about a time when you delegated a project effectively.
- Give me an example of a time when you used your fact-finding skills to solve a problem.
- Tell me about a time when you missed an obvious solution to a problem.
- Describe a time when you anticipated potential problems and developed preventive measures.
- Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
- Please tell me about a time you had to fire a friend.
- Describe a time when you set your sights too high (or too low).