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BloodSweatNoTears  
#1661 Posted : Monday, October 18, 2021 7:00:25 AM(UTC)
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According to information I received from my AC, graduation for the academy beginning December 5th is April 27th.
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According to information I received from my AC, graduation for the academy beginning December 5th is April 27th.


Thank you. Any idea if the December class is full? I noticed a date change last week and have been in background since April. Just wondering what my chances are.
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Has anyone here had to be cleared for a major medical event/surgery? If so, how long did that take after submitting all original and follow-up medical documentation? I'm hoping it's not as much of a black hole as psych...

Additionally, did your contact provide you with a rough idea of your class date after you were medically cleared?

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Has anyone here had to be cleared for a major medical event/surgery? If so, how long did that take after submitting all original and follow-up medical documentation? I'm hoping it's not as much of a black hole as psych...

Additionally, did your contact provide you with a rough idea of your class date after you were medically cleared?


@ctapplicant21 - sent you a pm
Heyguys222  
#1665 Posted : Tuesday, October 19, 2021 8:05:48 AM(UTC)
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Just noticed I had an update on 10/14. Haven't had any updates since my Poly months ago. Finger's crossed on some good news soon.
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Hey everyone. Just got word from my AC that HQ has made the next classes December 5th and February 13th. I know we heard rumors about a January 30th class but it’ll be February 13th. Just wanted to update everyone. She also added that the class roster has not been chosen yet for the December 5th class. Hope this helps.
P1:4/19
MG:12/20
P2W:1/21
P2I:3/21
COL:3/21
EQIP:3/21
Drug:3/21
PSI:4/21
Ply:5/21
Ply2:6/21
Md:6/21
Ref.called6/21
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I now have a green check mark next to "Complete Background" in the Portal. Anyone know if this means I should be expecting "the call"?
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I now have a green check mark next to "Complete Background" in the Portal. Anyone know if this means I should be expecting "the call"?


I got the cleared for hire call a few days after the green check mark. I don’t know how consistent that is, but it’s what happened to me. Hopefully you hear the good news soon!
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#1669 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 5:00:04 AM(UTC)
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I now have a green check mark next to "Complete Background" in the Portal. Anyone know if this means I should be expecting "the call"?


I got the cleared for hire call a few days after the green check mark. I don’t know how consistent that is, but it’s what happened to me. Hopefully you hear the good news soon!


Thanks! I hope so too!
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I now have a green check mark next to "Complete Background" in the Portal. Anyone know if this means I should be expecting "the call"?


That's great news! Hoping you get the call today.
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Just got the call. Fit test soon, but not sure whether I will on the roster for December. Any ideas on when the rosters come out?
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#1672 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 9:37:46 AM(UTC)
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Just got the call. Fit test soon, but not sure whether I will on the roster for December. Any ideas on when the rosters come out?


In theory 2-4 weeks before the class I believe, but not 100 percent on that. Technically I don't think the rosters have been chosen yet, so anything is possible I guess.


Good to know. Thanks!
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#1673 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 10:16:14 AM(UTC)
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Just got the call. Fit test soon, but not sure whether I will on the roster for December. Any ideas on when the rosters come out?


In theory 2-4 weeks before the class I believe, but not 100 percent on that. Technically I don't think the rosters have been chosen yet, so anything is possible I guess.


Good to know. Thanks!


Congrats! When did background officially start for you? I’m trying to gauge how long it took (I know, I know. It varies person to person and FO to FO)
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#1674 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 10:18:56 AM(UTC)
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Just got the call. Fit test soon, but not sure whether I will on the roster for December. Any ideas on when the rosters come out?


In theory 2-4 weeks before the class I believe, but not 100 percent on that. Technically I don't think the rosters have been chosen yet, so anything is possible I guess.


Good to know. Thanks!


Congrats! When did background officially start for you? I’m trying to gauge how long it took (I know, I know. It varies person to person and FO to FO)


March. Then I went to Psych in August. Contacts, Medical all done in between
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#1675 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 10:42:12 AM(UTC)
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Just got the call. Fit test soon, but not sure whether I will on the roster for December. Any ideas on when the rosters come out?




Congrats!
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#1676 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 11:25:30 AM(UTC)
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Hey everyone,

I have the Phase 2 interview coming up soon, and was hoping that anyone who has already gone through it can give me some advice. I know that there is a NDA, so I am not asking for the specific questions or anything, maybe just how best to prepare in order to be successful. While reading through other posts, my understanding is that the one hour interview consists of just 13 behavioral/story questions, but is this still true in 2021? I do not see this listed on the FBI website.

If it is just 13 questions, what are the consequences of finishing the interview too early? I feel that 13 questions can be answered in around 30 minutes... I have started coming up with some stories, and when I practice, the average length to answer each question using the STAR method is roughly around the 2 minute marker. I feel like I explain everything that there is to explain in that 2 minutes, I guess I am just worried about the length of them, and if finishing the interview in half the allotted time can hurt someone.

Thank you.
Trooper23  
#1677 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 11:37:51 AM(UTC)
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Hey everyone,

I have the Phase 2 interview coming up soon, and was hoping that anyone who has already gone through it can give me some advice. I know that there is a NDA, so I am not asking for the specific questions or anything, maybe just how best to prepare in order to be successful. While reading through other posts, my understanding is that the one hour interview consists of just 13 behavioral/story questions, but is this still true in 2021? I do not see this listed on the FBI website.

If it is just 13 questions, what are the consequences of finishing the interview too early? I feel that 13 questions can be answered in around 30 minutes... I have started coming up with some stories, and when I practice, the average length to answer each question using the STAR method is roughly around the 2 minute marker. I feel like I explain everything that there is to explain in that 2 minutes, I guess I am just worried about the length of them, and if finishing the interview in half the allotted time can hurt someone.

Thank you.



Sounds about right for the amount of questions....11-13.

As mentioned, use the STAR method and answer the entire question (to include all parts of the question(s)) using your experience. Ask questions to repeat/or clarify the question(s) as needed.

It is a 1 hr MAX....no penalty for being done early.

Just be prepared to answer questions that are loosely based on the Bureau's core competencies and you will do great.
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#1678 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 12:54:43 PM(UTC)
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Hey everyone,

I have the Phase 2 interview coming up soon, and was hoping that anyone who has already gone through it can give me some advice. I know that there is a NDA, so I am not asking for the specific questions or anything, maybe just how best to prepare in order to be successful. While reading through other posts, my understanding is that the one hour interview consists of just 13 behavioral/story questions, but is this still true in 2021? I do not see this listed on the FBI website.

If it is just 13 questions, what are the consequences of finishing the interview too early? I feel that 13 questions can be answered in around 30 minutes... I have started coming up with some stories, and when I practice, the average length to answer each question using the STAR method is roughly around the 2 minute marker. I feel like I explain everything that there is to explain in that 2 minutes, I guess I am just worried about the length of them, and if finishing the interview in half the allotted time can hurt someone.

Thank you.



Sounds about right for the amount of questions....11-13.

As mentioned, use the STAR method and answer the entire question (to include all parts of the question(s)) using your experience. Ask questions to repeat/or clarify the question(s) as needed.

It is a 1 hr MAX....no penalty for being done early.

Just be prepared to answer questions that are loosely based on the Bureau's core competencies and you will do great.


Thanks for the great advice! Good to know there is no penalty for being done early.
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#1679 Posted : Friday, October 22, 2021 4:19:05 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: meanhorn Go to Quoted Post
Hey everyone,

I have the Phase 2 interview coming up soon, and was hoping that anyone who has already gone through it can give me some advice. I know that there is a NDA, so I am not asking for the specific questions or anything, maybe just how best to prepare in order to be successful. While reading through other posts, my understanding is that the one hour interview consists of just 13 behavioral/story questions, but is this still true in 2021? I do not see this listed on the FBI website.

If it is just 13 questions, what are the consequences of finishing the interview too early? I feel that 13 questions can be answered in around 30 minutes... I have started coming up with some stories, and when I practice, the average length to answer each question using the STAR method is roughly around the 2 minute marker. I feel like I explain everything that there is to explain in that 2 minutes, I guess I am just worried about the length of them, and if finishing the interview in half the allotted time can hurt someone.

Thank you.



Sounds about right for the amount of questions....11-13.

As mentioned, use the STAR method and answer the entire question (to include all parts of the question(s)) using your experience. Ask questions to repeat/or clarify the question(s) as needed.

It is a 1 hr MAX....no penalty for being done early.

Just be prepared to answer questions that are loosely based on the Bureau's core competencies and you will do great.


Thanks for the great advice! Good to know there is no penalty for being done early.


Honestly, treat it like a performance, because that is what it is. I was a performer for many years and I always found the way to perform at peak level was to over-prepare. To that end, my method was as follows. I hope it helps you in some way:

1. Find a bunch of behavioral/situational interview questions online (there are lots of lists)--Get a list of about 50-100.
2. Memorize the FBI core competencies (see the FBI's website)
3. Make a list of about 20-25 stories initially that could be used to answer various types of questions that you got from step one. Focus on answering questions that have to do with the core competencies (this may seem tough, but keep in mind that something that may have seemed insignificant years ago may serve as a great story for this purpose because it demonstrates one or more core competencies well).
4. Run through the stories and match them with the core competencies and situational/behavioral questions for which they work best.
5. Closer to the interview, wittle down the number of questions and stories you focus on and learn to adapt the same story to multiple core competencies by emphasizing different parts of the story.
6. Now that you have memorized most parts of your stories, write one sentence per story that will jog your memory and memorize it to prompt yourself when needed to answer a question to help with recall.
7. Fit everything you intend to remember for the interview on one flash card (front and back).
8. Ask someone you trust to ask you random questions from your collection with a list of the core competencies, and have them critique your answers.
9. Run through your stories over and over until you can recall the full list of them. This is important because if you can't even remember what the stories are that you prepared (and you'll be nervous, so it could happen), you will have a tough time.
10. On test day, give yourself every advantage (go to sleep on time the night before, leave early so you don't have to rush and can relax, etc.). Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are fully prepared and if you fail it is not for lack of preparation. There is no excuse for failure because you did everything in your power to prepare (and if you didn't then, frankly, you don't want it enough to deserve to be hired anyway).

Note: don't worry so much about the time limit as about being succinct and hitting the points you want to demonstrate fit with the core competencies and FBI's mission (also, know the FBI's mission). Long-winded answers are bad, and you should have cut out unnecessary details from your stories long before test day.

Also Note: on test day, make it easy for the interviewers to pass you, because they are on your side--they want you to succeed. So in your answers, it may help to strongly hint at the core competencies you believe any given story demonstrates when responding to their questions. Imagine you are them and had to take notes on the things you are telling them. It would really help if the interviewee made clear to you what the most relelvant parts of the story are in an obvious (but tactful) way. This is also another reason to cut superfluous details out of your stories--it just makes life easier for the interviewers if your story is clear and succinct.


I kind of went overboard in my response, but this was how I prepared in as much detail as I can remember, and it worked out. Not only that, I felt as relaxed as I could have expected because I was confident I was prepared. I don't think anything like this exists on this threat, so I hope it at least gives those up for the P2 interview so ideas on how to prepare themselves.
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Hey everyone,

I have the Phase 2 interview coming up soon, and was hoping that anyone who has already gone through it can give me some advice. I know that there is a NDA, so I am not asking for the specific questions or anything, maybe just how best to prepare in order to be successful. While reading through other posts, my understanding is that the one hour interview consists of just 13 behavioral/story questions, but is this still true in 2021? I do not see this listed on the FBI website.

If it is just 13 questions, what are the consequences of finishing the interview too early? I feel that 13 questions can be answered in around 30 minutes... I have started coming up with some stories, and when I practice, the average length to answer each question using the STAR method is roughly around the 2 minute marker. I feel like I explain everything that there is to explain in that 2 minutes, I guess I am just worried about the length of them, and if finishing the interview in half the allotted time can hurt someone.

Thank you.



Sounds about right for the amount of questions....11-13.

As mentioned, use the STAR method and answer the entire question (to include all parts of the question(s)) using your experience. Ask questions to repeat/or clarify the question(s) as needed.

It is a 1 hr MAX....no penalty for being done early.

Just be prepared to answer questions that are loosely based on the Bureau's core competencies and you will do great.


Thanks for the great advice! Good to know there is no penalty for being done early.


Honestly, treat it like a performance, because that is what it is. I was a performer for many years and I always found the way to perform at peak level was to over-prepare. To that end, my method was as follows. I hope it helps you in some way:

1. Find a bunch of behavioral/situational interview questions online (there are lots of lists)--Get a list of about 50-100.
2. Memorize the FBI core competencies (see the FBI's website)
3. Make a list of about 20-25 stories initially that could be used to answer various types of questions that you got from step one. Focus on answering questions that have to do with the core competencies (this may seem tough, but keep in mind that something that may have seemed insignificant years ago may serve as a great story for this purpose because it demonstrates one or more core competencies well).
4. Run through the stories and match them with the core competencies and situational/behavioral questions for which they work best.
5. Closer to the interview, wittle down the number of questions and stories you focus on and learn to adapt the same story to multiple core competencies by emphasizing different parts of the story.
6. Now that you have memorized most parts of your stories, write one sentence per story that will jog your memory and memorize it to prompt yourself when needed to answer a question to help with recall.
7. Fit everything you intend to remember for the interview on one flash card (front and back).
8. Ask someone you trust to ask you random questions from your collection with a list of the core competencies, and have them critique your answers.
9. Run through your stories over and over until you can recall the full list of them. This is important because if you can't even remember what the stories are that you prepared (and you'll be nervous, so it could happen), you will have a tough time.
10. On test day, give yourself every advantage (go to sleep on time the night before, leave early so you don't have to rush and can relax, etc.). Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are fully prepared and if you fail it is not for lack of preparation. There is no excuse for failure because you did everything in your power to prepare (and if you didn't then, frankly, you don't want it enough to deserve to be hired anyway).

Note: don't worry so much about the time limit as about being succinct and hitting the points you want to demonstrate fit with the core competencies and FBI's mission (also, know the FBI's mission). Long-winded answers are bad, and you should have cut out unnecessary details from your stories long before test day.

Also Note: on test day, make it easy for the interviewers to pass you, because they are on your side--they want you to succeed. So in your answers, it may help to strongly hint at the core competencies you believe any given story demonstrates when responding to their questions. Imagine you are them and had to take notes on the things you are telling them. It would really help if the interviewee made clear to you what the most relelvant parts of the story are in an obvious (but tactful) way. This is also another reason to cut superfluous details out of your stories--it just makes life easier for the interviewers if your story is clear and succinct.


I kind of went overboard in my response, but this was how I prepared in as much detail as I can remember, and it worked out. Not only that, I felt as relaxed as I could have expected because I was confident I was prepared. I don't think anything like this exists on this threat, so I hope it at least gives those up for the P2 interview so ideas on how to prepare themselves.


Yeah, if you follow this advice I’d say it’s very unlikely you don’t pass.

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