I am often asked by students; what kinds of things are asked in an interview with a criminal justice agency? I know it can't be like the interview I had at McDonalds, so what is it like?
The first thing I tell them is something I tell a lot of criminal justice students; it depends! Let me know what kind of job your interested in and we can discuss. Stay tuned for updates about what things are addressed and sought after by criminal justice employers!
The characters in Criminal Minds work for the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) of the FBI.
Their jobs don't actually exist.
Yes, there is a Behavioral Science Unit (BSU) for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and it is sometimes called the Behavioral Analysis Unit.
However, the true reality is that an agent for the BSU does not fly on an airplane to police departments in trouble of trying to complex solve cases, creating profiles, and going after the "unsub". Instead, the BSU is made up of about 8-12 FBI agents. These agents have to personally write a referral to be transferred to that particular department. If an agent is accepted into the BSU, then s/he will literally be in a room reading reports of career criminals and creating profiles based on these long sessions of reading and studying. To be more accurate, a psychologist/psychiatrist will actually be assigned to a police department to help...
At the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the website offers the FBI's National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) formerly known as UCR (Uniformed Crime Report). I use this website to educate myself about the nation's crime statistics and any updated crime definitions. This is an official government website that can be used for students or professors writing essays, research papers, or acquiring general information for projects.
Homepage of BJS:
Often, students are not taught HOW to study and what to study. As a long-time college professor I can share teacher techniques and how we choose what we choose related to tests and discussions. There are also basic principles of testing that must be learned. Take some time now during your break to learn how to study and what to study and even how to take tests, so in the Fall you will be ready to go with a fresh outlook and new knowledge toward academic success. These principles work for all students (even if you are in high school--especially if you are taking college courses in your last year)--I can also help you with your college course syllabus--a big deal document (guide) that your profs spend a lot of time producing...which many students ignore! I can help you "read between the lines" of any syllabus and get to know what your professors are really thinking, saying and wanting from you through their syllabus.
You are brilliant when it comes to some of your courses, but in other areas...you just don't get it. It may not be just you! Humans learn in different ways and professors tend to teach to the masses. As an experienced professor, I teach students in more of a visual, applicable fashion. When you and I finish with our tutoring sessions you will understand the material because you will make it your own through example and solid application to your life and experiences. Basic Psych courses (and Soc) are typically the most failed courses taken by students. Often because students get lost in the minutia--and there's a lot of it. The idea is to pay more attention to concepts and "be like a bird flying over the course"--picking up concepts, rather than a zillion details.
Let's get going...send me an email now and let's discuss what is possible so you can begin getting better grades! You can do it! I am happy to help.