Menu Menu Previous Interview Question Next Interview Question Search print thumbs-down thumbs-up MockQuestions.com Logo MockQuestions
MockQuestions.com Logo
Sign in
Upgrade
Career Interviews
Interviews by Category
Close

Top 20 Detective Interview Questions

Question 1 of 24
How strong are your documentation skills?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 2 of 24
How do you handle stressful situations?
Professional Answers Preview
"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."
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.
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 3 of 24
Are you able to communicate with people from all walks of life?
Professional Answers Preview
"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."
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.
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 4 of 24
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Detective?
Professional Answers Preview
"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."
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.
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade

Practice More Interviews

Behavioral
We all have some behaviors that are typical of us and which sometimes results in ...
Common
There are some questions that employers ask at almost every interview. The questions ...
Communication
Communication skills are essential for any workplace to function efficiently. However, ...
Leadership
If you are interviewing for any type of leadership role; prepare with our leadership ...
Management
Our management questions are designed for any interview for a position that has authority ...
Teamwork
This set of questions aims to ascertain what your idea of teamwork is and whether ...

Related Career Interviews

Paramedic
Paramedics are healthcare workers who provide emergency medical aid to patients who are injured in an accident or who suffer some type of medical emergency. You are usually the first to arrive on the scene ...
Correctional Officer
Firefighter
Firefighters are trained to respond to different types of emergencies, ranging from fires, flooding and chemical spills to car crashes and water rescue operations. Their main aim is to rescue humans and ...
Fire Inspector
Fire inspectors are responsible for inspecting buildings and structures to ensure that they are in compliance with local, state and federal fire codes. During their inspection, they identify potential ...
Investigator
Investigators are responsible for performing surveillance and research for law enforcement agencies, corporations and individual clients. They investigate illegal or fraudulent activities perpetrated against ...
Security Guard
A security officer (or security guard) is a person who is paid to protect property, assets, or people. Security guards are usually privately and formally employed civilian personnel. Security officers ...
View More Careers
Question 5 of 24
How many years did you serve as a Police Officer before being promoted to Detective?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 6 of 24
Do you have a good memory and the ability to recall small details?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 7 of 24
How strong are your interview skills?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 8 of 24
What additional training would you take if you could?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 9 of 24
What is your interview style as a Detective?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 10 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?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 11 of 24
While attending post-secondary studies what was your best course? Which course did you struggle with the most?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 12 of 24
Have you ever had to fire your weapon?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 13 of 24
How flexible is your schedule? Are you able to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 14 of 24
Tell me about a time when you needed to take on a leadership role. Did you enjoy being a leader?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 15 of 24
What are your career goals as a Detective?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 16 of 24
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 17 of 24
How are your communication skills with your superiors?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 18 of 24
How perceptive are you?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 19 of 24
Do you strive for excellence in everything that you do?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 20 of 24
Are you a trustworthy person?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 21 of 24
Are you able to work with minimal supervision?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 22 of 24
How do you withstand the ethical dilemmas associated with this unique type of work?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 23 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?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade
Question 24 of 24
Tell me about your physical capabilities. Do you have any injuries or issues that would hinder you on the job?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answer?
Upgrade
Upgrade

User-Submitted Interview Answers

Question 1 of 24
How strong are your documentation skills?
Question 2 of 24
How do you handle stressful situations?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I try to start each situation without a bias and.
2.
I attempt to handle stressful situations step by step. I may slow my processes down to gather my thoughts and be able to think methodically. I may also seek the advice and guidance of a superior or co-worker.
3.
I attempt to break the situation down to it's component parts and handle the whole thing in the order of most pressing first and most serious.
4.
I try to keep calm and make best of the situation.
5.
Remain calm and aware of your surroundings. establish an objective and stay with it. Show strength and objectivity in front of your peers and subordinates.
6.
I handle them very calm but careful.
7.
I attempt to handle stressful situations step by step. I may slow my processes down to gather my thoughts and be able to think methodically. I may also seek the advice and guidance of a superior or co-worker.
8.
Take a deep breath, prioritize objective by assessing basic immediate needs, then step by step find workable solutions to remaining tasks.
9.
I step back assess the situation making sure it is safe before any action is taking. After making sure the situation is safe I begin solving the promlem step by step according to department policies and procedure.
10.
Step back thake a breath then reapproach it at a different angle.
11.
Just take it easy and search way to live ..... And and I will fight specially with words .... And I will never leave truth even I can die ....
12.
I would simply walk for some meters away to stretch my body.
13.
Calmly take control of the situation, ask and answer any question needed.
14.
Like any other situation, you need to remain calm and take it one step at a time. This is where our training and experience comes into play.
15.
Remaining calm and focusing on finding a solution that allows me to move beyond the situation.
Question 3 of 24
Are you able to communicate with people from all walks of life?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Yes, I have no problem communicate with anyone. My past work history shows that I have excellent communicate skills with all people.
2.
I am able to communicate with people of all walk of life and get along very well with others.
3.
Yes. My experience both on patrol as well as dispatching has allowed me to develop excellent communication skills.
4.
I grew up on Pine St. In Binghamton. I was always playing with kids of different race than me. I have no problem interacting with the poor, the wealthy, more intelligent, different race or culture, and so on.
5.
Yes, I can usually talk to anyone to figure out things from them just seeing what there saying.
6.
Why did you join this career.
7.
Yes, very well. I am a people person. I am a very good communicater and talk to tons of people. I am that person that will strike up a converstaion with just about anyone.
8.
Yes I'm very capable of communicating with different types of people from different levels of society.
9.
Yes, communication is key to gather information and helping out those that need it.
10.
Yes, I am a great listener and patient.
11.
Yes,. I enjoy communicating with all types of people and enjoy consversation.
12.
Yes I grew up in a diversed city atmosphere and enjoy socializing and learning about others.
13.
Yes, through my career I have dealt with lots of different people from different backgrounds.
14.
I pride myself on being a good communicator. I realized early on that being an effective communicator can influence directly the course of an investigation and can either make or break an investigation.
15.
Absoulty im very social, I can communicate and make people talk.
Question 4 of 24
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Detective?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
This job matches my skills and abilities, from my present and past experiences.
2.
I have always been curious and I love a challenge. I would like the opportunity to see cases through to the end.
3.
I want to advance in my career. I am ready to take the next step in my career. I want more challenges, more responsibility.
4.
I want to advance in my career. Take the next step of responsibility. I want more challenges, and I think I would do an excellent job.
5.
I chose to become a detective for the investigation process. I enjoy taking cases from start to finish and working a lead no matter how relevant it may appear to be until probable cause is reached or no further investigation is possible or likely to yield results.
6.
I would like to handle the cases from the beginning until the end. I like to investigate the case as far as I can while working in patrol. Working as a Detective would open more doors, resources and allow for more time to investigate and prosecute the cases.
7.
Because it's slightly cooler than a patrol officer.
8.
It's been something I've always wanted to do.
9.
Limited choices. I want something that is going to be totally new to me and be a challenge.
10.
Because I enjoy the challenge of the investigative part of the job.
11.
To solve criminal offenses and help keep the public safe.
12.
I love a challenge, and getting to look into different crimes and scenes.
13.
I have a desire to be a voice for the victim. I have a passion for the investigative process and seeing justice served. Wrongs righted.
14.
Couses I like hard objective.
15.
My aim is be detective officer.
Question 5 of 24
How many years did you serve as a Police Officer before being promoted to Detective?
Question 6 of 24
Do you have a good memory and the ability to recall small details?
Question 7 of 24
How strong are your interview skills?
Question 8 of 24
What additional training would you take if you could?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Martial arts, and othber foerign launghage class to cimmunicate bettert.
2.
I want to get more fit with a good physique .
Question 9 of 24
What is your interview style as a Detective?
Question 10 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?
Question 11 of 24
While attending post-secondary studies what was your best course? Which course did you struggle with the most?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am good in Economics. Most tough subject I found was Accountancy.
Question 12 of 24
Have you ever had to fire your weapon?
Question 13 of 24
How flexible is your schedule? Are you able to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed?
Question 14 of 24
Tell me about a time when you needed to take on a leadership role. Did you enjoy being a leader?
Question 15 of 24
What are your career goals as a Detective?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
My goals are to learn my possession in the unit I will be assigned and to and to further take addition investigative classes.
2.
To be a great value to the department.
3.
To establish myself as a successful, contributing member of the team who works hard, pulls my weight and comes through for the public that I serve.
4.
I want to help eliminate the heroin epidemic in Broome County. I want to become a great detective, with great interrogation skills. I want to make a difference in the community. I want to learn as much as possible and someday become a detective sgt.
5.
To use my position to help the victims of crimes by investigating and prosecuting those that have wronged them. To help make our society a better place by holding the criminals accountable for their actions.
6.
As a detective I want to be able to help my fellow officers succeed by giving them a quality follow up investigation and helping them build a winning case for court.
7.
To advance into other departments in the detective career.
8.
To help the community in every safe possible way that I can.
9.
To be successful in solving crimes.
10.
Too be a good/bad detective.
11.
My career goal is to safe every person.
12.
To solve all to most cases that I get.
13.
To be like sherlock holmes.
14.
To excel in my proficiencies.
15.
Gain more knowledge and help to develop others with an interest in investigations.
Question 16 of 24
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
In five years I see myself as a senior detective and have taken the sergeants examine to advance my career within the department.
2.
Working as a detective and working to be better and continue learning.
3.
In the detective bureau for this agency.
4.
As a detective sgt, studying for the lieutenant's test.
5.
Working as a Detective in the Manor Township Police Department.
6.
I see myself as a detective. I would also like to continue my education and become a training officer and possibly an instructor at a police academy.
7.
As a continuing detective serving the public.
8.
Working in the police force.
9.
Loss Angeles privete investigator.
10.
In five years, I plan to be a Sergeant.
11.
Knee deep in the blood of my foes.
12.
Having completed all tasks assigned before me and proving myself to advanced within the rank structure.
13.
In the detective bureau with a hand in the evidence room.
14.
I hope to be in the detective bureau and then seek a sergeants position.
15.
In 5 years I see my self working in some type of criminal division within the department.
Question 17 of 24
How are your communication skills with your superiors?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I believe they are strong but can also use improvement.
2.
My communication skill are good and I listen before I speak. I handle stressful situations well and communicate in a clear respectful manner.
3.
Communicating with the public on a daily basis in both the written word and spoken word helps to make me a better communicator.
4.
I have excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and am capable of talking to people from many different backgrounds and walks of life.
5.
I am told I write one of the best, if not the best reports in the entire department. I can talk to all kinds of people with no problem, and I can express information face to face, or in report form with ease.
6.
I believe I communicate well with others and can handle confrontation as well as day to day conversations with individuals.
7.
I have a strong ability to read people, situations. I have never met a stranger.
8.
I consider myself excellent at communicating with others and keeping an open mind.
9.
My communication skills are great I love talking to people and learning about them it aids in future interviews with suspects and witnesses.
10.
I'm willing to listen to more qualified detectives.
11.
I have excellent communication skills, and am able to speak to anyone.
12.
My communication skills are good with my superiors because I have the confidence to tell them anything about the cases we handle.
13.
It is great I don't have a problem taking orders.
14.
I am polite. I impose good communication skills with my superiors.
15.
Very good, I am open to them and not afraid to make mistakes.
Question 18 of 24
How perceptive are you?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I feel I have a strong perception and notice things others do not. I pay attention to details and am always alert.
2.
Looking at all things around me and trying to find the things that don't fit.
3.
I feel as though I am very perceptive.
4.
Very perceptive. I feel I have a great ability to understand information, body language, and so on, and be able to problem solve from that information.
5.
I think that I am a pretty good judge of character and can easily get a feel for people.
6.
I have great perspective.
7.
I am insightful and intuitive. Keen eye for detail, people, interrogation and research for criminal investigations.
8.
I always like to see life through different eyes. I put myself in others shoes and determine what is ethic and moral.
9.
I have a great memory from the people I've met and cases I've investigated.
10.
I am very perceptive to my surroundings.
11.
Very I believe you have to be in order to understand others.
12.
I am in to any situation willing to make any situation work.
13.
I am very perceptive in all aspects of my professional and personal life. I like to gather information on whatever project or incident that I am working on, and realize the importance of utilizing all investigative aspects in solving a criminal incident.
Question 19 of 24
Do you strive for excellence in everything that you do?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I strive for excellence in everything I do and have a passion for doing things right and in a timely manor.
2.
I strive to always perform to the best of my ability. I am constantly seeking out knowledge and experience to help me achieve higher levels of success.
3.
I went back to school full time, while working full time, to better myself and make myself a better cop. I did this to be the very best cop I can be. I have taken what I learned in school and applied it to my work. My report writing technique as an example, is something I learned from school.
4.
I strive for excellence, sure. But I'm also realistic in that I know not everything has the perfect outcome. It is those incidents that I then strive to learn from, how to do things differently and how to better solve the issues.
5.
I do. I feel that everything I do, every case I investigate, every contact I make, every case I present to the DA or a jury is a reflection of me and my department.
6.
Of course, I always try to make everything I do as great as possible.
7.
Yes, I have the desire to my best at everything I do.
8.
I do my job to the best of my ability. I'm very meticulous and detail oriented.
9.
Yes, I sometimes expect everything I do to be perfect.
10.
Absoulutly I believe we all do in this career. I think you have to demand the best from yourself in order to maintain the image of our deartment.
11.
I strive to finish what I started, follow through to the end. I have been in the military for years and have hat never quit attitude.
12.
I settle for nothing less; any job that I do I want to excel in and do the best job possible.
13.
Yes, or at least accomplish something that meets the requirments and my satisfaction to fullest.
Question 20 of 24
Are you a trustworthy person?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am a trustworthy person because I value law and order and no right from wrong. I was raised in a good home and taught the values of trust and respect.
2.
Yes. I would never engage in behavior that would jeopardize my reputation as a deputy/investigator or compromise my integrity.
3.
I pride myself on being trustworthy, having integrity, and being honest. I would much rather admit wrongdoing and learn from the mistake, than lie about what I did and worry about being caught in a lie.
4.
Yes, I am a straight forward person who is honest and has integrity.
5.
Yes, I am trustworthy and dependable. I took an oath to uphold the laws and serve the community.
6.
Yes, my record of integrity is exceptional.
7.
Yes, I would never risk my career, reputation, or the department by behaving any other way than is acceptable and professional.
8.
Yes, I believe the is the core of a great person.
9.
Yes, I am honest and believe right and wrong, and always follow the law.
10.
I am very trustworthy and fully understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality in all aspects of a criminal investigation. I
Question 21 of 24
Are you able to work with minimal supervision?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am stable to work with minimal supervision and have the skills to work independently or as a group.
2.
My current position allows me to work without minimal supervision.
3.
Yes. I have proven, through my time on patrol, that I am a self motivating individual who will continue to work hard with or without supervision.
4.
I was raised to work hard, so whether a supervisor is watching over me or not, I do my job.
5.
Yes, I believe that I am able to do so. In my current position I basically work with minimal supervision while I handle calls etc.
6.
Yes, I have the ability to keep myself moving forward and stay focused on a task.
7.
Absoulutely, I am the type of person that you can count on for anything, and every situation.
8.
Yes I have the ability to plan, coordinate and execute criminal investigations with little to no supervision.
9.
I am a man of integrity. I can fulfill my duties in any situation before me.
10.
Yes, I do now on a daily basis.
11.
Yes, I have handled many cases on my own and solved them.
12.
Yes, I believe as a patrol member we work with minimal supervision by acting quick and making decision that may alter ones life.
13.
Yes we at housing come in and our LTs don't need to sit and watch over our every move we know what is expected of us and we never disipoingt .
14.
Yes, I am able to self motivate and set/achieve goals and timelines.
Question 22 of 24
How do you withstand the ethical dilemmas associated with this unique type of work?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I do withstand the ethical dilemmas associated with this unique type of work and manage street and work load well.
2.
Yes, I am certain I can make an impact and be a great value to the position.
3.
Yes. While in life there are many gray areas, the ethical requirements of this work is not one of them.
4.
I take pride in my integrity. I am as honest as possible. Being ethical as very important to me, for my character, for my namesake.
5.
Yes, I am an honest individual who values my career and morals.
6.
I enjoy the followup investigation part of law enforcement. Searching for clues, digging up answers, and interviewing people.
7.
Yes and I am up for the challenge.
8.
Yes, the ethical dilemmas are to be honest, and loyal.
9.
I have an uncommon ability to maintain composure in highly stressful situations.
10.
Yes, I believe being ethical is key to being a great detective.
11.
Yes, with every think else in life there are difficulties but you must overcome them and be the absolute best person you can be.
12.
Society today as we know it has changed, we have to make sure as law enforcement that we have to be very thero.
13.
I am a very ethical and moral person in my personal and professional life. I am also able to differentiate and separate myself from potential situations where an ethical dilemma may arise.
14.
Yes I do but if the other side crosses a line so will I
15.
I have learned to deal with all cultural differences.
Question 23 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?
Question 24 of 24
Tell me about your physical capabilities. Do you have any injuries or issues that would hinder you on the job?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I do not have any injuries that would hinder my job and my physical abilities are good beacuse I have taken the training every police detective requieres and also have gained the physical hability of mastering self defence techniques.
2.
I just have a weak vision, I wear spectacles. Otherwise, I am fit for the job of detective.

About Detective

October 9th, 2017

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.

Print all Detective Interview Questions