As an agent you will work in a team, whether doing research or investigations. Explain your sense of responsibility towards your teammates. In your past roles, how have you stepped up to support coworkers? Consider giving an example like this: "When I worked in law enforcement in my hometown I was committed to supporting my partner, the people on my team, as well as the people the community. I got a call that two little kids in a low-income neighborhood had gotten their bikes stolen just days apart from each other. I bought them new bikes and delivered them myself."
"When I worked in law enforcement in my hometown I was committed to supporting my partner, the people on my team, as well as the people the community. I got a call that two little kids in a low-income neighborhood had gotten their bikes stolen just days apart from each other. I bought them new bikes and delivered them myself."
When someone suggests you try thinking outside the box, they are usually referring to taking a creative approach to solving a problem. If you have been struggling to resolve an issue a certain way and it's not working, you will probably consider another route. Think about some problems you might expect to encounter in your role as an FBI agent. Depending upon whether you are interviewing as a professional staff member or a special agent, you will have different responsibilities and varying levels of issues you might need to solve. Consider explaining your answer like this: "My team was working on solving (X). We collaborated to put the pieces together, but couldn't seem to make sense of things. I suggested we look at our resources and consider (Y) and (Z), two factors that we hadn't examined to see how they relate. In the end, we found that the missing evidence was all we needed."
"My team was working on solving (X). We collaborated to put the pieces together, but couldn't seem to make sense of things. I suggested we look at our resources and consider (Y) and (Z), two factors that we hadn't examined to see how they relate. In the end, we found that the missing evidence was all we needed."
Similar to other law enforcement departments, the FBI allows deadly force only when necessary. If someone is endangered or potentially faces physical injury or death, an FBI Agent is expected to offer the perpretrator forewarning before taking action, as explained on the FBI website. If you are unsure about policies like these, be sure to do your research before the interview, whether it be searching online or talking with current or previous members of the agency.
The mission of the FBI is to protect and defend! They exist to protect the country from foreign predators and uphold the law. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the complete mission. Jot down questions if you are unsure of any information you uncover as you research before the interview.
Do you have an innate sense of justice? Are you interested in working in an environment where you are constantly learning and supporting a greater cause? Think about your future career plans. Discuss how this new position fits into your career goals. Share why you're excited about working for the FBI and what you're looking forward to. This would also be a good time to share your knowledge of the field and what you have learned from your research.
Trust must be earned. One of the ways you earn the trust and respect of your future employer is to gain their confidence during the interview process. Your past experiences might look good on paper, but you will also need to be able to explain your accomplishments and back them up with facts. Giving detailed examples provides hard evidence that you are reliable with a solid work ethic. When someone challenges you by not trusting what you say to be true, it can be a bit unnerving, especially if it's someone you have known for a while and trusted. When you give your example here, think through what caused this person to distrust you. Did it have anything to do with your behavior or communication? Be sure you fully understand what happened. Your response is key! You may not have been able to prevent the person's distrust, but you can have an affect on the outcome!
Organizations are always looking out for the candidate who has the best potential to mold and grow. Approach this with specific objectives, career goals and a clear mindset. It's important to examine your goals before an interview so that you can express how the job will fit in. Tell them you can see yourself learning new skills and experiences which would enhance your interests in growing with the FBI, and that you are eager to further your career by studying for professional qualifications. Goals such as becoming an expert in a particular realm, progressing to team leadership or a management position indicate to the interviewer that you know what you want and that this role serves a purpose on a higher level.
Your analytical skills help you to notice details and know what to look for when solving a problem. When you can break down something that can seem overwhelming into to a smaller, more manageable problem, it may be easier to solve. If you can break it down even further, possibly thinking of it in terms of a math problem where you are solving for "X" you may have even better luck! Give an example of a time at work or even in your own life where you effectively solved the problem. Some examples might include examining and gathering evidence, interpreting research or discoveries during an investigation. Explain the situation and articulate how your skills helped you to uncover the answers to the problem at hand.
Reflect on your work experience to think of an example of an important project, mission or task. Now think about why it required your full attention. What details were involved? Investigations and research are both good examples that require your attention to detail. Take time to explain the 'why' and the 'how.' The more detail you can provide just proves your competency in analyzing important elements of a bigger picture. Here's an answer example: "During an investigation, I found potentially hazardous material that could affect the people in the surrounding area. I took it to the lab and performed an experiment to identify what I was dealing with."
"During an investigation, I found potentially hazardous material that could affect the people in the surrounding area. I took it to the lab and performed an experiment to identify what I was dealing with."
July 26, 1908 is the date the Federal Bureau of Investigation was founded. You can find out more detailed information about the history and how it was formed by visiting the FBI website and searching online. Make sure you are well versed in some of these basic topics before your interview. It's always important to understand the company history and mission.
It's always important to be up front about any infractions that might show up on your background check. If you don't admit to something that's been dismissed or expunged, it could cost you this opportunity. If you're not sure what would show up on your background check, you might want to order a copy before your interview just to be sure. You will want to be honest about whatever shows up.
If you have stolen hundreds or thousands of dollars, gotten away with it and somehow landed an interview with the FBI, we would be surprised! If you have actually stolen something of worth, you will need to fess up. How do you talk about this? Well, you'll have to be honest! Stealing can never be justified, but explaining the situation might help. The FBI can only hire people they can trust. You want to prove that you are someone who can be trusted with money or anything else of value.
Try to think of an example that could easily be applied to the context of the job. What sorts of situations would you anticipate where it would be of utmost importance for you to be able to listen to instructions? If you misinterpret them, it could cost money, time or even someone's life. When you give your example, show that you not only listened carefully, but that you also understood instructions before acting.
"My boss explained a process he needed me to follow that I was unfamiliar with. I asked clarifying questions to make sure that I understood what he needed before completing the task."
Depending on your role, you may be responsible for monitoring and managing high volumes of information. You will need to be tech-savvy and a fast learner. Share some of your interests surrounding technology, tools you have used to manage information, sort and track data. How have you handled software upgrades in the past? Can you adjust to learning how to use new tools that are necessary to do your job?
What do you think? Would you ever lie to protect someone from the truth? This question is tricky. Helpful hint: consider your audience. You are interviewing to work for the FBI. If you lie, they will be able to tell. If you tell the truth, you could rub them the wrong way. Think about the facts that you know about your interviewer and the rapport that you have built so far. How do you think they would respond? If you're really unsure of how to answer this, you might want to respond with, "it depends." Clearly each situation is different. If your end goal is to protect someone you loved, would you be willing to fudge the truth?
Whether you are building healthy relationships in your personal life or at work, honest is important. However, there are some things that don't need to be shared. Your ability to keep important secrets will be vital to this career. Much of the information you are exposed to daily is top secret. The best way you can convince the interviewer of your trustworthiness is by giving an example of your ability to use sound judgement and keep secrets in the past. Think of an important secret you were trusted with. How did you make sure you didn't spill the beans? What was the situation?
"My boss shared with me that he was moving onto another company, before he told anyone else at the firm. It was a lot of pressure for me to know this, but I understood how it would affect his status if I shared this information with anyone else. I respected his wishes and didn't say a word to any of my coworkers."
If you are having difficulty answering this question, pause and think about your morals. Identifying your morals and standards will help you to think of an example of when they were in question. You may find yourself in life or death situations. You may also be faced with information that challenges your beliefs and ideals you hold to be true. You can give an example of a situation that questioned your morals; it doesn't just have to be a person. You may have even questioned where you stand, simply because of an intense experience where you uncovered disturbing information. See if you can think of an example and explain how it affected you and why it was so significant.
Explain your process and your reasoning behind it. As you manage various cases, you will be taking notes, organizing observations, evidence and interviews. You will need to keep it all organized in order to be able to present it in court and share it with your team. Think of a writing assignment from a recent project at your job. Explain the outline to show your writing abilities. Talk about your mission or your thesis statement. What was difficult about the assignment? If it was the topic, discuss how you researched supporting evidence or used conversations and data.
Mergers, acquisitions, coworkers coming and going... there are a multitude of changes that can occur at work. You will need to be well equipped to change and adapt to your environment.
"My supervisor got promoted and was replaced with someone who was not very prepared to take on the responsibility. It affected my work, because she was often asking me for my opinion and for help understanding things. I had to draw clear boundaries and let her know that she needed to talk to her higher up if she has issues so that I can focus on my research."
You are probably familiar with the term 'work-life balance.' When companies talk about their culture, they will often throw this term around, explaining how they support their employees by supporting them in managing their stress and having a life outside of work. Unfortunately, as you know, even with the encouragement of a healthy work environment, it can be difficult to achieve this balance. In the end, it's up to you! No matter how urgent your deadlines, you will ultimately need to be able to know when to put on the brakes and give yourself a mental health day. What tools do you use to manage your busy workload? How do you manage deadlines? Explain what you have found works best for you. It might a good idea to also familiarize yourself with the industry and expectations. You can ask questions too! 'What does a healthy work-life balance look like for FBI agents in your department?'
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.