Interview Tips for Law Enforcement Jobs

The law enforcement job interview is more difficult than any other type of job interview. It requires thorough preparation, and an excellent knowledge base. However, the interview is not nearly as tough as the job itself.

Characteristics of a Law Enforcement Interview

  • There aren't any easy interview questions
  • The interview is based on high professional standards
  • The interviewers are law enforcement professionals
  • Your communication skills, comprehension and understanding of issues are under evaluation at all times
  • The higher the rank, the tougher the interview
  • In promotional interviews, you're competing with other professionals, and you must make a strong impression on the interviewers

What Interviewers need to see

  • Commitment
  • Professional standards
  • Clear thinking
  • Knowledge
  • Values
  • Relationship skills
  • Understanding of the agency's role and objectives

Interview Preparation

Every law enforcement agency has a range of fundamental operating principles which govern them. Match the job to the relevant areas of the sources, and ask for assistance if you're not sure about any issues.These are your primary sources of information, apart from your professional training and experience:

  • Operational policies and guidelines, including all ethical and anti discriminatory policies
  • Organization rules and statutes
  • Laws related to the role
  • Constitutional laws related to law enforcement

Interview Questions

All of the interview questions will relate to service issues and situations. Even top line law enforcement officers can be surprised by the depth and range of interview questions.nWe've put together a few examples of some of the tougher questions as a guide:

  • What are your prejudices?

As a law enforcement officer, you don't have prejudices. You're there to enforce the law impartially. Any form of prejudice could be a form of misconduct, on the job.

  • What's your idea of success in this role?

The idea of this question is to discover what you believe a successful achievement in the position. It defines your understanding of the objectives of the agency.

  • What are the characteristics of a good law enforcement officer?

A good law enforcement officer has many fundamental character requirements, like honesty, integrity, a strong knowledge base, situational awareness, communications skills, and awareness of community issues. Think long and hard about this question, because it also defines what the agency needs from you.

  • What are your likes and dislikes about people?

There's no particular right or wrong answer, but it's a very practical question. The need here is to analyze your feelings, and define your relationship issues relative to the work environment, which is what the question is seeking.

  • What would make you resign?

Not a simple question, and the answer has to be honest. Personal feelings may include "clash with my personal or professional values and beliefs", for example. The interviewers need to know what's important to you on a professional level.