Add me to your list of successes because I totally passed.
THANK YOU CAROLE!
I doubt I could have done with without your help.
I just wanted to let you know that I received an email from the FBI this morning saying I passed phase II.
Thank you for all the help and candid feedback you’ve given me, I don’t think I would have passed
without it. Hopefully the rest of the hiring process is smooth sailing.
I received the “good news” today. I passed Phase II!
Obviously I cannot disclose much of anything due to the NDA, but
here is what I will say:
I remember going in there, all smiles, and cool; calm; collected, as
you advised. The agents were very nice and welcoming. I thought
alright, this won’t be so bad.
The first two questions went great, then the next 11 came. Almost
every single felt like a curveball. I kept thinking, I had the perfect
story for that but I already used it.” I had that thought for almost
Every. Single. Question.
So what did I do? I took a minute to think,
I drank some water, I laughed to myself,
I thought on my feet. I answered the question. Even if it was with a
story I had not prepared…which happened a lot.
I took a solid 30 seconds after each question was asked to identify
the factor, then pick my story.
Or at least I tried to. Sometimes I was like, well I have no idea
what the factor is, but I have an answer!
I walked out of there thinking well, I made them smile and laugh,
got a lot of nodding, and most of all: I answered the questions.
Here’s what is even funnier: I used just over half of the stories I
had prepared. The rest I pulled from the depths of my long-term
memory storage, on the spot. This, I will say, is necessary to pass.
You HAVE to be able to think on your feet.
I am also proud to say — I did not skip any questions, and even
when I did not have the “perfect” story for a few of the questions, I told myself, “Just give them a dang story.” And I did. And it worked!
At the end of it, I could tell they liked me. I was 100% myself, I
did not try to tell the stories perfectly, I tried to tell them like I
would tell them to my coworkers. I fumbled, I was awkward, but I
And that was good enough for them.
Thank you Carole for all of your encouragement, for telling me to
not be a perfectionist in the interview, to not overthink.
That was the best advice, and I truly needed to hear that
I truly felt prepared, relaxed, and ready to let these Agents get to
All the best,
NOTICE RECENTLY RECEIVED FROM A POSTPONED
“MARCH” INTERVIEW CANDIDATE
You will be invited the next time we are interviewing in your region.
Please continue to be on the lookout for an invitation in the upcoming months.
Thanks for your patience.
FEEDBACK FROM A CLIENT
And yes, I listened to the recordings as you suggested. It really
helped me “massage” my stories. Your 5 points were the key
where i used the finger method you taught. The other thing is try
not to “memorize’ the stories. It definitely flows better when you’re
telling it from your feelings.
The other key thing is to relax. The agents saw how nervous I was
and repeated emphasized that they understand the feeling I’m going
through, they were once in my seat too.