Should I Become a Detective? - Quiz & Self-Assessment Test

Are you a curious mind with a passion for the law? You may be considering a job as a detective. Take a look at the questions below to see whether or not a detective career is right for you!

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Am I Fit To Be A Detective?

Detectives have a difficult and demanding career of piecing together information and solving cases. If you think this might be a good job for you, take the self-assessment quiz below to find out!

Which of the qualities below do you possess?

Are you curious? Yes or No
Can you remain unbiased? Yes or No
Are you honest? Yes or No
Are you a creative problem solver? Yes or No
Are you highly observant? Yes or No
Are you knowledgeable about the law? Yes or No
Do you enjoy research? Yes or No
Do you have good oral communication skills? Yes or No
Are you comfortable in high pressure and high stakes situations? Yes or No
Do you have strong written communication skills? Yes or No

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How Do These Qualities Apply To A Career As A Detective?

Are you curious?

A detective helps to resolve cases and piece together puzzling information. This requires curiosity and a desire for knowledge.

Can you remain unbiased?

Detectives have to remain objective and pursue leads logically rather than emotionally.

Are you honest?

Trust is essential in law enforcement careers, and in order to function well as a member of a police team a detective must be open and truthful with colleagues.

Are you a creative problem solver?

Detectives may need to be able to get into the mind of the criminals they pursue in order to unravel cases.

Are you highly observant?

Being perceptive and alert to the goings on in the outside world will help a detective to spot clues and evidence that can help resolve cases.

Are you knowledgeable about the law?

A detective must have an up to date and well-rounded understanding of the law in order to uphold it.

Do you enjoy research?

Research for background information, legal precedents and additional evidence is often necessary when working a case, and detectives need to have strong research skills.

Do you have good oral communication skills?

A detective needs to be a strong speaker in order to communicate well with other members of the police force, and to present new case information, or interview suspects and victims.

Are you comfortable in high pressure and high stakes situations?

The work of a detective can get stressful, and it's important that those who choose this career be comfortable working in tense and sometimes dangerous environments.

Do you have strong written communication skills?

For filing police reports, taking statements from witnesses and maintaining other legal documents, a detective must be a competent writer.

Setting Out In Your Detective Career

Were your answers yes to more than half of the questions above? If so, you could have what it takes to become a successful detective. Those interested in a career as a detective must begin in the police force, and work their way up to the position.

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