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Top 20 FBI Interview Questions

Question 1 of 24
When have you gone above and beyond the call of duty for another individual?
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Question 2 of 24
What is your greatest strength?
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Think of a trait that has helped you get to this point in your career. You may have completed higher level degrees and worked in law enforcement prior to this interview. Whatever your background, you have strengths that have helped you to achieve your current status. Strengths can be skills or traits that can help you in all kinds of circumstances. Your strengths will help you to perceive situations with greater accuracy and be able to interpret conversations and evidence to notice the important subtleties. Attention to detail will help you make solid decisions and be precise. Think of some of the responsibilities and how your strengths will lend themselves to make you an exceptional addition to the team.
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Question 3 of 24
What is your greatest weakness?
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"I tend to be a people-pleaser and it has gotten me in trouble when I take on more than I can handle. I'm learning my limitations and learning how to say "
Preparing for this question requires a little bit of self-awareness and strategy. Focus on a weakness that you could possibly turn into a strength or share something you are taking action to improve. Being a people-pleaser or a perfectionist are great examples of potential strengths depending on how you talk about them.

"I tend to be a people-pleaser and it has gotten me in trouble when I take on more than I can handle. I'm learning my limitations and learning how to say "no" or "let me check my schedule" before I say yes to anything."

This example goes from talking about a weakness to showing how it has helped create awareness and an ability to set boundaries. Always share what you are learning or have learned from your weakness. This shows your interviewer that you are adaptable and willing to grow.
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Question 4 of 24
How do you handle stress and pressure?
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"When I was pursuing my masters degree I was also working full time. Both my job and classes demanded my time and attention, which was extremely stressful. I learned how to prioritize and manage my time to where I could allow myself breaks and deal with the stress more effectively."
Your job can be intense at times, so you will need a plan to combat stress before it gets you down! Discuss the tools you use to stay calm. How do you continue to pay attention to detail and work cautiously to ensure there are no errors in your work? Explain that you understand the pressure of your job and that you have experienced similar pressure before. Your experience handling stress well will speak volumes! Give an example.

"When I was pursuing my masters degree I was also working full time. Both my job and classes demanded my time and attention, which was extremely stressful. I learned how to prioritize and manage my time to where I could allow myself breaks and deal with the stress more effectively."
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Question 5 of 24
Why should we hire you?
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Consider the challenges of your future role. How will you go above and beyond to tackle the most difficult tasks? One way to show off your skills is to talk about your accomplishments from your education or work. What did you do that made your last presentation a success? How did your research influence an important decision or action? Review the job description once more to help you highlight accomplishments that are relevant to the expectations. Talking about a successful project you put together with a team or how you excelled in your internship are great examples of that speak to why any sensible employer would want to hire you.
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Question 6 of 24
When was the last time that you thought outside of the box? What did you do?
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Question 7 of 24
What is the FBI's policy on the use of deadly force by its special agents?
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Question 8 of 24
What is the mission of the FBI?
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Question 9 of 24
Why do you want a career in the FBI?
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Question 10 of 24
Tell me about a time when someone challenged your trustworthiness. How did you respond?
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Question 11 of 24
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 12 of 24
Tell me about a time when you used your analytical skills to solve a problem.
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Question 13 of 24
Tell me about a past experience that required you to be alert to details while completing the task.
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Question 14 of 24
When was the FBI founded?
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Question 15 of 24
When we perform a thorough background check on you and your family, what is the worst thing we are going to find?
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Question 16 of 24
Have you ever stolen anything valued at more than ten dollars?
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Question 17 of 24
Give me an example of how well you can listen to and follow instructions.
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Question 18 of 24
How do you stay up to date with the latest technology?
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Question 19 of 24
Would you lie to a friend? What if it was for their own benefit?
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Question 20 of 24
When have you kept a secret in your life?
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Question 21 of 24
Name a time when your morals were questioned.
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Question 22 of 24
Name a difficult writing assignment you successfully completed. How did you organize it?
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Question 23 of 24
Describe a major change that occurred in a job that you held. How did you adapt to this change?
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Question 24 of 24
How do maintain a balance between work and the rest of your life?
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About FBI

November 26th, 2014

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.

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