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Border Patrol Officer Interview Questions

30 Border Patrol Officer Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Border patrol is ever-changing. We seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on law enforcement related current events?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in becoming a border patrol officer. Perhaps you read law related books, follow particular journals or subscribe to a blog related to law enforcement. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to border patrol.

Answer Example
"I am always interested in learning more about this industry and the changes that are taking place. It's truly fascinating how the law can change, and I like reading up on different case studies. Most frequently, I read The Police Journal. There are also a couple of blogs that I follow including Brian Cain's 'Just a Cop.'"
Entry Level Example
"While attending school to be a border patrol officer, I received a few resources from the professors that I quite enjoy. I also have Google alerts set up so that any changes in the industry are sent straight to my email inbox."
Experienced Example
"My absolute favorite resources are policeone.com and justice.gov. I also have a mentor who I meet with a couple of times a month to catch up and discuss current events. Which are your favorite resources?"
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Question 2 of 30
Do you possess a valid drivers' license and firearm license?
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The interviewer needs to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements for this position. Your answer should be to the point and honest. Be sure to bring your drivers' license and firearms license with you to the interview so that the hiring manager can take copies if needed. If you want to go over and above, bring a recent drivers' abstract with you.

Answer Example
"Yes, I have a valid drivers' license and clean driving record. Here is a recent drivers' abstract for you to review. Also, I have a current firearms license. I have this with me as well, if you need copies for my file."
Entry Level Example
"I recently acquired my firearm license and had a clean drivers' record. I have the documents for you to copy if you need."
Experienced Example
"Yes, I have both. Would you like to see these documents and take a copy for my file? I have had my firearm license for eight years now and possess a clean driving record."
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Question 3 of 30
To be a border patrol officer, you must be a permanent citizen. What is your citizenship status and how long have you lived in this country?
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The interviewer needs to ensure that you meet the minimum requirements for this position. Your answer should be to the point and honest.

Answer Example
"I am certainly a citizen of this country and meet all of the requirements to be a border patrol officer in this state."
Entry Level Example
"I am a permanent citizen of the United States. I was born and raised in this country."
Experienced Example
"I appreciated the stringent requirements you set forth for future border patrol officers. I am a permanent united states citizen, born and raised."
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Question 4 of 30
You must be physically fit to be a border patrol officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?
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The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of meeting the physical demands required to be a border patrol officer. A fit test will be administered; however, this is an opportunity for you to disclose any concerns you may have regarding the fitness portion of the role.

Answer Example
"I am fully prepared to complete the fit test. I am in great physical shape. To train myself for a career in border patrol, I have attended CrossFit 5 times per week for the last 12 months. I also run 6 to 15 miles every week."
Entry Level Example
"I am in peak physical condition. While attending university, I worked as a personal trainer part-time. You can be sure that I am fully prepared to pass the fit test."
Experienced Example
"I work out regularly and am prepared for any fitness test you require me to take. To stay fit I workout five days a week with boxing and running. I have also started studying jiu-jitsu."
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Question 5 of 30
We prefer that our border patrol officers be multi-lingual. Which languages do you speak?
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Depending on where you are applying, preference usually goes to those candidates with a second language or more. In the United States, Spanish is preferred as a second language where in Canada, French is the preferred second language. If you have additional language skills, ensure that they are highlighted on your resume. You can keep your answer brief and be sure to rate your skills in each language as beginner, conversational, or fluent.

Answer Example
"I am fluent in English and conversational in Spanish. I understand the importance of speaking a second language, and for that reason, I am also taking courses in French. Currently, I am a beginner."
Entry Level Example
"I am fluent in English and am currently practicing Spanish. I would rate myself as a beginner in Spanish. Are there any other languages you prefer that I study?"
Experienced Example
"As an experienced border patrol officer, I understand the importance of speaking multiple languages. I am fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Currently, I am teaching myself Cantonese."
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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 10/04/2017
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Border Patrol Officer

August 19th, 2018

Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who sometimes are called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law enforcement officers' duties depend on the size and type of their organizations.