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25 FBI Interview Questions

By: Rachelle Enns

Question 1 of 25
What are your top 3 strengths, and how will they benefit the FBI?
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How to Answer
The FBI reportedly receives over 10,000 Special Agent applications every year, but they hire only 500-750. The FBI indeed picks just the cream of the crop. Being the best includes having a record of excellence in your professional, and personal life. Extra-curricular and volunteer work is always a stand-out factor to bring to your application while showing a history of success and positivity is also favored. The FBI is also known for seeking out 'Type A' individuals who are characteristically ambitious, decisive, driven and highly competitive. A great response to this question will include a balance of all these factors.

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Question 2 of 25
What is your greatest weakness?
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How to Answer
Preparing for this question requires self-awareness and strategy. Focus on a weakness that you could turn into a strength or share something you are taking action to improve. Pick weaknesses that are not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

Question 3 of 25
How will you handle the inevitable stress and pressure that comes with working for the FBI?
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The FBI releases a report, every year, that directly addresses the toll that violence, physical, and psychological events have on their enforcement officers. This stress and trauma factor is so real that the FBI has begun to implement post-trauma treatment programs for their officers who need to cope with the circumstances they have faced on the job.

Before your interview, ensure that you have read the most recent report, and be ready to address the ways that you plan to remain ahead of the inevitable stress that comes with working for the FBI. Some coping mechanisms recommended by current and former agents include:

- Training themselves to reinterpret negative events and turn them into positive solutions
- Remaining fit physically, and committing to personal health initiatives
- Looking at more seasoned FBI agents as mentors and role models
-Talking about events and stories that are bothering them, rather than dwelling on them or bottling them up

Question 4 of 25
The FBI hires less than 5% of our applicants. Why should we choose you?
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Competition is incredibly tight when it comes to gaining a coveted spot in the FBI. Once you finish your law enforcement related degree, you will need to complete at least three years of relevant work experience.

From there, your FBI application process will include extensive background checks with a polygraph, drug test, credit check, and interviews with family and friends, as well as former employers. After acceptance, you can then enter the FBI training academy which provides you with 20 + weeks of training.

Considering the significant leaps that you passed to get here; you must have a very compelling answer prepared for this question. If possible, pull from your personnel file, your volunteer work, and your education history, to create an excellent and well-rounded response.

Question 5 of 25
When have you gone above and beyond the call of duty for another individual?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know that you are not the type of person to do the bare minimum. As an agent, you will work in a team, whether doing research or investigations. You need to prove that you have a sense of responsibility towards your teammates. In your past roles, how have you stepped up to support coworkers?

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Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
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: 05/23/2013
Last modified on: 12/02/2018

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About FBI

December 3rd, 2018

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the principal investigative unit of the U.S. department of justice (DOJ). The FBI gathers and reports facts, compiles evidence, and locates witnesses in legal matters in which the United States is or may be a party in interest. In addition, the bureau assists both U.S. and International Law enforcement agencies in crime investigation and personnel training.