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Detective Interview Questions
1. How do you handle stressful situations?
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A detective is an investigator, either a member of a police agency or a private person. The latter may be known as private investigators (P.I.s or "Private I's", hence the play-on-words, "Private Eyes"). Informally, and primarily in fiction, a detective is any licensed or unlicensed person who solves crimes, including historical crimes, or looks into records.
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Detective Interview Questions
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Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Detective?
 
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I chose this career due to my interest in solving criminal activity. I like to challenge myself and think outside the box which I believe you must do in order to be a complete and well rounded trooper.
 
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It's been something I've always wanted to do.
 
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Interesting,Thrilling, Keep the Brain always Active.
 
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Because it's slightly cooler than a patrol officer.
 
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I love the challenge of problem solving, being able to solve a difficult case is exciting.
 
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Are you able to communicate with people from all walks of life?
 
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Yes I grew up in a diversed city atmosphere and enjoy socializing and learning about others.
 
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Yes, I am a great listener and patient.
 
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Yes, through my career I have dealt with lots of different people from different backgrounds.
 
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Yes, I can usually talk to anyone to figure out things from them just seeing what there saying.
 
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Yes, communication is key to gather information and helping out those that need it.
 
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Do you have a good memory and the ability to recall small details?
 
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How strong are your interview skills?
 
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What additional training would you take if you could?
 
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What is your interview style as a Detective?
 
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How flexible is your schedule? Are you able to work overtime, weekends and holidays as needed?
 
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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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While attending post-secondary studies what was your best course? Which course did you struggle with the most?
 
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Have you ever had to fire your weapon?
 
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How many years did you serve as a Police Officer before being promoted to Detective?
 
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How strong are your documentation skills?
 
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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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What are your career goals as a Detective?
 
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To be successful with a high clearance rate, established networkings and contacts, and to directly contribute to the success of this organization.
 
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I would like to make others look at the department as a whole and be amazed at the proffesionalism that we maintain.
 
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To start slow and learn from more experiecnted detectives, always listen take the job step by step and case by case. Become a better interviewer.
 
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True Citizen as our nation.
 
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To do my best in solving cases and bringing criminals to justice.
 
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
 
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As a successful investigator contributing to this outstanding agency.
 
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In 5 years I see my self working in some type of criminal division within the department.
 
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I see myself become that go to detective that everyone wants to call and work with, or to help in solving their cases.
 
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I hope to be in the detective bureau and then seek a sergeants position.
 
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Working as a detective and working to be better and continue learning.
 
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How are your communication skills with your superiors?
 
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I have excellent communication skills, and am able to speak to anyone.
 
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My communication skills are great I love talking to people and learning about them it aids in future interviews with suspects and witnesses.
 
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I'm willing to listen to more qualified detectives.
 
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I consider myself excellent at communicating with others and keeping an open mind.
 
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Communicating with the public on a daily basis in both the written word and spoken word helps to make me a better communicator.
 
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How perceptive are you?
 
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I am in to any situation willing to make any situation work.
 
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I have great perspective.
 
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I am very perceptive to my surroundings.
 
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Looking at all things around me and trying to find the things that don't fit.
 
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I think that I am a pretty good judge of character and can easily get a feel for people.
 
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Do you strive for excellence in everything that you do?
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Yes, I sometimes expect everything I do to be perfect.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Are you a trustworthy person?
 
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Yes, I believe the is the core of a great person.
 
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Yes, I am honest and believe right and wrong, and always follow the law.
 
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Yes, my record of integrity is exceptional.
 
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Yes, I am a straight forward person who is honest and has integrity.
 
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Yes, I am trustworthy and dependable. I took an oath to uphold the laws and serve the community.
 
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Are you able to work with minimal supervision?
 
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Yes, I am able to self motivate and set/achieve goals and timelines.
 
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Yes, I believe as a patrol member we work with minimal supervision by acting quick and making decision that may alter ones life.
 
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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 .
 
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Yes, I have handled many cases on my own and solved them.
 
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My current position allows me to work without minimal supervision.
 
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How do you withstand the ethical dilemmas associated with this unique type of work?
 
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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.
 
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Yes and I am up for the challenge.
 
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Yes, with every think else in life there are difficulties but you must overcome them and be the absolute best person you can be.
 
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Society today as we know it has changed, we have to make sure as law enforcement that we have to be very thero.
 
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Yes, I believe being ethical is key to being a great detective.
 
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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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Tell me about your physical capabilities. Do you have any injuries or issues that would hinder you on the job?
 
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