Investigators are responsible for performing surveillance and research for law enforcement agencies, corporations and individual clients. They investigate illegal or fraudulent activities perpetrated against their employer. The job involves going through criminal records, doing online research and making phone calls. As part of their job, investigators may also be required to visit restaurants, hotels, offices or homes to find the information they are seeking.
To find employment as an investigator, you must have a bachelor's degree with at least 4 years experience in investigating or in a related area. Licensure is required in many states. If you wish to work in a specialized field you will need to acquire a degree in that area. A degree in criminal justice or police science may be required for jobs that straddle multiple fields.
Essential attributes for this role include excellent analytical skills, above average communication skills, persistence, patience and decent camera skills. In this role, you must be able to work independently or as part of a team and you must be familiar with local laws, legal procedures and practices.
Expect to have a tough interview for this job. Employers will want to be 100% sure that they are hiring an investigator who is knowledgeable about the law and who can do an efficient job while staying on the right side of the law. To know more about how you would handle conflicting situations, you will be given a hypothetical scenario and asked to explain what you would do. Before you go for your interview, make sure you take some time to think about what you would do in different situations as your employment hinges on you giving the right answer to this question.