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Top 30 Law Enforcement Interview Questions

Question 1 of 34
Why did you choose a career as a police officer?
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Question 2 of 34
We conduct early-stage criminal background checks, credit checks, and drug tests on all of our candidates. Is there anything you would like to disclose at this time?
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"I am happy to comply with any background check required. My record is clean and I have a strong credit history. I do not participate in drug use, either. You can be assured that if you hire me for this role, I will maintain a clean record."
For obvious reasons, law enforcement agencies need to be very cautious on who they hire. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and dangerous if put into the wrong hands. You will be working with the public, and with vulnerable individuals. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.

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Question 3 of 34
Have you ever taken or sold illegal drugs?
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"I have never been involved with drugs, in any way. I was raised to always take care of myself and to never mess around with drugs."
For obvious reasons, you must have a clean drug history before you can work in law enforcement. Your answer should be kept very simple, and 100% honest.

If you have never had involvement with drugs: "I have never been involved with drugs, in any way. I was raised to always take care of myself and to never mess around with drugs."

If you have taken or sold illegal drugs in the past: "I hung out with the wrong crowd for a brief time in my teen years and was pressured into trying cocaine when I was 19. I didn't actually like it and have stayed away from drugs since then."
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Question 4 of 34
You must be physically fit to be a police officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?
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"I am fully prepared to complete the fit test. I am in great physical shape. To train myself for a career as a police officer I have attended CrossFit 5 times per week for the last 12 months. I also run 6 to 15 miles every week."
The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of meeting the physical demands required for this position. Generally, a fit test will be administered; however, this is an opportunity for you to disclose any concerns you may have regarding the fitness portion of the role.

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Question 5 of 34
Are you actively applying to other law enforcement agencies?
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"I am keeping an eye out for viable positions. Although I am not in final stages with any other agency, I am actively seeking a new position."
It always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if they are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Tell the interviewer about your search so far.

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Question 6 of 34
How often do you lose your temper? Do you consider yourself to have a short fuse?
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Question 7 of 34
How do you get along with others, on the force?
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Question 8 of 34
It is important for law enforcement to be an active part of the community. How are you currently involved in your community?
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Question 9 of 34
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
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Question 10 of 34
What are you reading right now?
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Question 11 of 34
What part of this career brings you the most stress?
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Question 12 of 34
Law enforcement is ever-changing. We seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on law enforcement related current events?
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Question 13 of 34
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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Question 14 of 34
Do you think it is possible to be a good law enforcement officer, yet disagree with your Captain or Chief at times?
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Question 15 of 34
What motivates you?
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Question 16 of 34
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 17 of 34
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
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Question 18 of 34
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
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Question 19 of 34
Why should we hire you?
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Question 20 of 34
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 21 of 34
Tell me your favorite, and least favorite, aspects of your current or most recent position.
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Question 22 of 34
When have you had to shift your priorities in response to sudden changes?
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Question 23 of 34
There are numerous career avenues you can take within law enforcement. Which career path interests you the most?
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Question 24 of 34
Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?
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Question 25 of 34
What are your career goals, within law enforcement, in the next 3 years?
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Question 26 of 34
Are you accustomed to working within a diverse community?
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Question 27 of 34
Competition is stiff for this position. Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 28 of 34
From your personal understanding, under what circumstances is the use of deadly forced justified?
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Question 29 of 34
Tell me something about yourself that I would not know from reading your resume.
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Question 30 of 34
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to a career in law enforcement.
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Question 31 of 34
Have you ever been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was your fault? How clean is your driving record?
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Question 32 of 34
What would you do if a civilian called you a racial slur or other derogatory term?
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Question 33 of 34
Tell me about your greatest accomplishment in law enforcement
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Question 34 of 34
Are you applying for any other jobs?
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About Law Enforcement

October 9th, 2017

Law enforcement agents are committed to upholding the law within a particular jurisdiction. They remain focused on protecting life and property. Police officers, detectives, and patrol officers are all law enforcement agents. This is a high-stress job that requires a staunch commitment to the cause.
The minimum requirement is a high school diploma or GED. Depending on the role, completion of postsecondary coursework may be required. When hiring law enforcement agents, applicants' physical and mental characteristics are given more importance rather than their educational qualifications. To be eligible to apply for a law enforcement agent job, applicants must meet age and citizen requirements, have a clean background with no convictions and pass rigorous health and fitness exams. Job confirmation is subject to successfully completing the relevant law enforcement agency training programs.
Expect to undergo a rigorous interview. The interviewing panel will vet you thoroughly, asking you challenging questions to determine your commitment, dedication, and suitability for the relevant position. To get the job, your answers must convince the interviewers that you have what it takes to be a law enforcement agent they would be proud of. The best way to prepare for your upcoming interview is to go to Mock Questions and give careful thought to the questions you see listed there. This will help you answer all interview questions more confidently and convincingly.

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