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Border Patrol Officer Interview

30 Border Patrol Officer Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.

Question 1 of 30

How often do you lose your temper? Do you consider yourself to have a short fuse?

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  1. 1.

    How often do you lose your temper? Do you consider yourself to have a short fuse?

      This question is for the interviewer to gain greater insight into your personality and whether or not you will be a fit with their team. Talk about your ability to maintain your cool on the job. This is also a great time to offer up some references.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I can maintain my cool and do not easily lose my temper. In my current position, I am best known for being even-keeled. If you'd like to call my references, they will attest to this as well. In law enforcement, I believe it is essential to maintain a calm, in-control, presence at all times."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have never had a temper; however, I do not hesitate to stick up for myself when needed. I do keep myself in check during stressful situations."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I lost my temper a couple of times earlier in my career as a border patrol officer. As my career progressed, and I gained more experience, my fuse became longer. I can keep myself in check during my shifts, even in the most stressful of situations."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am not infinitely patient; however, I am good at maintaining my calm. While studying in college, I became a fan of stoic philosophy. To answer in short, never lose control of myself, seldom become significantly angry, but I do occasionally become irritated. I also understand that yelling or demonstrating anger signifies trying to regain control over a situation that I have lost."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a well-balanced response - good work. Stoicism is gaining in popularity, and rightfully so - it's a valuable practice, especially in your line of work. Have you read The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My first response to negative situations is to put things into perspective or applying emotional intelligence characteristics as a way of both controlling both the situation and my actions. I do not lose my temper."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's fantastic that you are so controlled! Diving into emotional intelligence a bit further; how would you best describe your EI characteristics?

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