From a client who passed the 2nd time around.
“When I did Phase 2 for the Bureau, I put the agents on a massive pedestal and assumed they were so much better than me. This was a mistake. I know that played a part in my ability to be authentic and myself, for fear I wasn’t going to be good enough for them…as you know, that was self-sabotaging.”
You only are allowed 60 minutes to interview.
Time your answers to be about 3 minutes – give or take.
“I was doing good until one of the interviewers told me we had just finished with question 5 and had 28 minutes left. I never missed a beat or got nervous after being told that.”
FBI, DEA, and possibly the USSS – are all “blind interviews”. They only know your first name – and four numbers of your Social Security number. That’s IT!
When you tell a story – think of it as describing a movie blind man.
ABOUT MY PROGRAMS
I AM AN INTERVIEW COACH – I HAVE NEVER WORKED IN FEDERAL LAW – OF ANY KIND.
I WORK WITH PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE – IN ALL FIELDS www.interviewcoach.com
(25 years of coaching experience – general)
I ALSO COACH CANDIDATES WHO ARE APPLYING FOR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT JOBS (ALL AGENCIES – 1811 jobs) www.fbiinterviewcoach.com (15 years of this type of law enforcement coaching – exclusively)
I HAVE HAD CLIENTS REFERRED TO ME BY INTERNAL BUREAU EMPLOYEES AS HIGH AS DIRECTOR.*
*(The Bureau does not allow recommendations – but, the Agents are allowed to refer, based on their own personal experience.)
Most of the Questions are “BEHAVIORAL” (Tell us about a time when… – Give us an example… – Describe a situation…)
Behavioral Questions require a “story” or example of what you have said.
“Show – Don’t Tell.”
The secret to doing well in a “behavioral interview” is showing the interviewer what you have done—- not just telling them what you have done.
It’s the difference between your stories being flat and uninteresting, and sometimes even boring, and your stories being fun and interesting to listen to.
As an example, you could say, “I was very angry.” That would be telling.
Or, I could show with the words:
“I stormed into the room and slammed the door and threw the books on the table.”
I am no longer telling – I am showing my actions. The difference is that when those descriptions are used most people would understand the emotion.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION TO LEARN HOW TO TELL A GOOD STORY.
You can purchase it on Amazon.
Boost Your Interview IQ – Second Edition (white cover – published – 2012) – for a quick brush-up on Behavioral Interviewing as well as other questions. It’s a quiz and you determine which is the strongest
FROM SOMEONE WHO DID NOT PASS THE FBI EXAM THE FIRST TIME
“Boost Your Interview IQ” by Carole Martin provides you with the essential skills and techniques you need to apply in any real-life interviewing scenario.
If you are truly interested in exploring the fundamentals and learning the essentials of job interviewing, then this book will be an important guide.
Before I read Carole Martin’s book, I must admit that I was lost when it came to interviews. As a young lawyer with three years of experience in my field, I truly thought that I knew everything it took to effectively express myself and market my skills to a potential employer. I had conducted countless client interviews myself, and so I thought I had most question-and-answer techniques down to a science. But when I flunked my first major interview for a dream job with a prestigious employer, I realized that I needed help from an expert. In hindsight, I wish I had sought out this information earlier.
Perhaps because I was too accustomed to being sought out by others as an expert in my own field of law that I did not realize I needed an expert’s advice on basic interview techniques.
I am thankful that I contacted Carole Martin and found her book “Boost Your Interview IQ” I feel that I have begun the journey towards interview success. In my opinion, learning real-life interview techniques should not be about “gimmicks” or “tricks”. Instead, Carole Martin provides a wide-range of examples that point you in the right direction. You will learn through a question-and-answer technique designed by Carole that will give you a thorough understanding of the basics. Reading this book is the beginning of a journey that will equip you with the essentials of interviewing. So if you are curious about how to interview, then I recommend you read this book first. The rest is up to you!
BE YOURSELF – BE YOURSELF – BUT, ALSO BE PREPARED!