Interview Tips – (straight from the FBI website)

  • Be yourself
  • The evaluators will be taking notes during the interview to assist them in documenting the results. Do not let this distract you.
  • Provide detailed information when answering the interview questions. Do not be modest in your responses. To provide the best examples of your skills and abilities, draw from all of your life’s experiences (not just the most recent ones).
  • Remember that the interview panel knows no information about you beyond your name.
  • Keep your answers concise and specific—answers that are too lengthy will detract from your ability to complete the interview within the required timeframe.
  • Do not make assumptions about what the evaluators are seeking. The interview instructions are straightforward. There are no “trick” questions.
  • Study your resume and be able to speak about how your experiences match with the Special Agent Core Competencies.



The best piece of advice you gave me for our work together was to be myself for the interview.  “These people need to know they can be in a car with you for 8 hours,” was your exact quote.

In my eyes an interview will never go perfect so I went in with a nothing to lose attitude since at the end of the day I still had a job.  Being a likable person during the interview makes the interviewer work extra hard for you because they can see you as their partner.  They might take the extra minute to think about how they can check a box off for you to succeed instead of just overlooking that you might have missed a topic.

Making people smile and laugh always goes a long ways.  I brought myself to the interview, with confidence, and held a conversation with my work partners is all.


Contact The FBI Interview Coach