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What value does the job look for in a person they are hiring?

I am a student at job crops, getting my training for Protective Services. I'm interested in joining the boarder patrol or the FBI, and would like to get some information from people who have experience with it.
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Michael’s Answer

Hello Ashleyn, the characteristics employers look for depends on the position you apply for. It seems you are set on border patrol or FBI? To speak to the things look for in border patrol one of the number one things is that you speak Spanish. Before continuing however, border patrol is more than just being an officer covering the border. You could be a helicopter piolet, an HR rep etc but I'm assuming you mean an officer. So learn fluent spanish if you haven't already, a relatively clean record is a must. If you sold drugs they aren't gonna hire you lol but I'm sure you knew that. Finally be confident in your answer in an interview. It won't be a quick 15 minute thing then boom your an agent. It involves tons of training and physical fitness that you will also want to be able to pass but being certain of what you would do in situations is absolutely critical to be an officer, border patrol, or FBI as second guessing yourself is a big thing that stops people from getting in.

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Julia’s Answer

This question can be answered many ways but overall the value an employer is seeking from you is your ability to solve problems related to the position; and your ability to work well with others. If you're having an interview conversation with an employer they already believe you're qualified to do the job. The interview is to determine fit for company culture, colleagues and customers or clients.

To accomplish these two objectives, you need to be able to tell stories about your past and how those accomplishments or problem solving skills relate to the company's current pain points. Here's an example:

"Tell me about a time you had a challenge or conflict at work." The employer is asking how you deal with difficulty, problem solving or disagreements. Choose a story from your life that you can tell in under 3 minutes. Use the SOAR method (Situation-Obstacle-Action-Result). Briefly describe the situation; what the obstacle was; what action(s) you took; and what the result was.

Here's an example from my own life: (Situation) I started a new role and needed to work with a manager that had a reputation of being overly sensitive and stubborn. (Obstacle) This knowledge caused me some anxiety and prevented me from being as effective as I would normally be. Through a series of email communications, a misunderstanding occurred. I interpreted the manager was picking on me and she interpreted that I thought she was a horrible manager. (Action) What I did was took time to have a problem solving conversation with her with the sincere intention to resolve the misunderstanding and improve the relationship. (Result) What happened was we were able to uncover the source of the misunderstanding; have a sincere conversation about how it occurred; and re-frame our relationship to be both supportive and collaborative moving forward. She turned out to be one of my favorite managers with which to work and problem solve.

Julia recommends the following next steps:

Do an internet search on the most common interview questions
Create stories using the format above to practice responses to those questions
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Christopher’s Answer

Hi Ashleyn,

I have similar experience to yours. I have in the past and am currently serving in AmeriCorps NCCC/FEMA Corps and what I've noticed in jobs after the program is that they look for good character qualities, professionalism, good attitudes, the passion to work, things like that. Here's some advice. Try doing mock interviews and making sure that you feel comfortable speaking about yourself and your accomplishments. Every job will ask you different questions but they all look for the same things.
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