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Detective Interview Questions

24 Detective Interview Questions
Question 1 of 24
How strong are your documentation skills?
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Assure the interviewer that you are skilled when it comes to documentation. What have you done to ensure that your documentation skills are on point?

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"My documentation skills are very well honed and I am diligent with ensuring that my documentation work is completed on time. I understand the importance of proper, and detailed, documentation in this line of work."
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Question 2 of 24
How do you handle stressful situations?
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As a Detective, you will be exposed to an incredible amount of stress on the job. Assure the hiring manager that you are able to handle this stress and pressure both gracefully and professionally.

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"I am highly trained to withstand a lot of stress and pressure on the job. I manage stressful situations by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable issues and scenarios. From there, I find the situations become less overwhelming and easier to manage."
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Question 3 of 24
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Detective?
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You can speak from a bit of a personal angle when answering this question, if you wish. Share with the interviewer what brought you to this career path and how you feel about your choice to become a Detective.

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"Growing up, my grandfather was a Police Officer and my father was a Detective. I believe that police work is in my blood and it was such a natural choice for me. Even as a child, I knew that I was going to pursue a career as a Detective. I'm very proud of my work and the path that I have taken."
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Question 4 of 24
Are you able to communicate with people from all walks of life?
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Communication is key and as a Detective it is really important to display that you are able to clearly communicate with people from all walks of life. Tell the interviewer about your experience with this.

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"I have been highly trained in communication and have no concerns when it comes to communicating with those in all walks of life. The past 7 years I have spent as a Police Officer have taught me a lot about communication and I am confident in my ability to meet people on their level."
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Question 5 of 24
Tell me about your physical capabilities. Do you have any injuries or issues that would hinder you on the job?
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Question 6 of 24
How many years did you serve as a Police Officer before being promoted to Detective?
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Question 7 of 24
Have you ever had to fire your weapon?
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Question 8 of 24
While attending post-secondary studies what was your best course? Which course did you struggle with the most?
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Question 9 of 24
Tell me about a time that you were ordered to work around the clock. Were you able to maintain your speed and wit throughout the entire shift?
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Question 10 of 24
How flexible is your schedule? Are you able to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed?
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First written on: 09/22/2010
Last modified on: 08/22/2018

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Question 11 of 24
What is your interview style as a Detective?
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Question 12 of 24
What additional training would you take if you could?
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How strong are your interview skills?
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Do you have a good memory and the ability to recall small details?
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Tell me about a time when you needed to take on a leadership role. Did you enjoy being a leader?
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Question 16 of 24
Have you ever had to be on stress leave or take a leave of absence since beginning your career as a Police Officer / Detective?
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Question 17 of 24
How do you withstand the ethical dilemmas associated with this unique type of work?
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Question 18 of 24
Are you able to work with minimal supervision?
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Question 19 of 24
Are you a trustworthy person?
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Question 20 of 24
Do you strive for excellence in everything that you do?
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Question 21 of 24
How perceptive are you?
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Question 22 of 24
How are your communication skills with your superiors?
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Question 23 of 24
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 24 of 24
What are your career goals as a Detective?
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About Detective

September 10th, 2018

A detective is a law enforcement agent who is responsible for investigating crimes. Some detectives are members of police agencies, while others work with private detective agencies. As part of their job, detectives look for and collect evidence from crime scenes, interview suspects and witnesses, obtain warrants and arrest suspects. They may also prepare cases and testify in court.
The educational requirements vary considerably. Some police stations and private agencies may accept applicants with a high school diploma, while others require a bachelor's or higher degree. All newly inducted detectives are usually required to complete a period of on-the-job training. Detectives must be very perceptive and have a keen eye for detail, and good judgment. Strong leadership skills and physical strength and stamina are also important.
Expect to undergo a rigorous interview. Prospective employers will want to be 100% sure that you are committed to upholding the law and that you have the skills and aptitude that are important in this role. They will ask you questions about your career goals and what motivated you to want to become a detective. To get hired, you must be able to convince the interviewers that you are the right fit for the job. One way to do this is to think in advance about your replies. You can do this by checking out the questions that are commonly asked at detective interviews. These are listed at Mock Questions.

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