Secret Agent Escape Room: The FBI Interview
This is it: the moment you’ve been waiting for since as long as you can remember. Is this for real? Could your dream of becoming an FBI secret agent actually come true?
You’ve been through a dozen different interview processes just to be considered for this final interview.
You’ve competed against thousands of others. All of you hope to fill the shoes of the nation’s most esteemed law enforcement group: The Federal Bureau of Investigation.
And you’ve won. So far, anyway.
The ironic thing is that this last interview is only the beginning.
Once you’re actually in the door and employed as an agent, your training will have just begun. And you are fully committed to conquering this secret agent escape room quest so that will happen
The 800 hours of training that will follow your hire date includes specialized training in academics, operational skills, firearms training, physical fitness training and more.
The intense study of behavioral science, forensic science, interrogation techniques and information gathering and intelligence techniques will be a part of your daily life for the next five months – IF you can make it through this “interview” successfully.
Some teamwork required
You and your team will have to work together to pass the interview triumphantly.
A big part of being a top-notch secret agent is knowing how to learn to work together with others. Regardless of whether those fellow agents are friends, enemies or whether you’ve never met them in your life, you’ll have to trust them.
You may have to work with other secret agents from all parts of the bureau, depending on the situation you’re dealing with. Missions can vary from hostage situations, uncovering spies, tracking down terrorists, to solving decades-old cold cases.
This means your team could change from day to day, from case to case.
And a good FBI agent knows that each member of a team has different and specific skills they’ll bring to a case. One might be great at negotiation while another might not.
One agent might have a knack for spotting hidden clues, and another might be a whiz at solving puzzles or mazes.
As you work together with your team, every one of you will have to discover and rely on each team member’s strengths. You must also forgive their weaknesses if you’re going to successfully conquer this interview maze.
So It Begins
We’ll call this the first of your operational case studies. If you make it through successfully, other operations classes and case studies will follow.
FBI secret agents must have a special skill set. They must have the fortitude to handle the nation’s toughest criminal cases. Yet also do so with compassion and respect.
There’s no room for a lack of empathy in this business. However, you need to be able to be objective enough about each case that you don’t let your feelings get in the way of doing your job.
The criminals and victims you deal with will fail you every day.
And you won’t naturally get along with every agent you meet. You’ll have to learn to put your feelings aside. As you work with all different types of people, you must remain empathetic. These skills will aid you as you save the world from its worst criminals.
You’ll be practicing that skill set today as you work with your teammates to solve this puzzle and pass the interview.
Working with some teammates might be smooth as butter. Working with others might be like walking barefoot on nails.
It’s your job to brush aside differences and figure out a way to work together to make it through each part of the interview. After all, you’re not just being judged as an individual, but also as a team.
Big Brother watches
Your interviewers – a group of the highest ranking agents – will be watching every move you make and every move your teammates make.
You’ll want to show them that you have the ability to overcome differences and frustrations with class. There’s no time for infighting when you’re chasing down terrorists or saving innocent people from elite kidnappers.
Then there’s the time factor. As an FBI secret agent, you won’t have unlimited time to catch a terrorist, to rescue a victim from a kidnapping situation or to uncover a spy and his/her hidden agenda.
Each case is different, and each case you encounter will have a different time requirement to get the job done fully and effectively.
The problem is that you won’t ever know what that time requirement is. You need to be able to work efficiently and quickly.
Luckily for this interview, you know how much time you’ve got. One hour and not a minute more. If you can manage to work cohesively with your team and make it through the maze of clues in less than one hour, you will have successfully passed the interview.
However, if you work too slowly or allow distractions to whittle away at your time, you’ll fail the interview. Your dream of becoming a member of the elite Federal Bureau of Investigation will fade away into the wind.
You’ve worked for years to get here, to this final interview before you’re accepted into the FBI’s rigorous training program.
You’ve spent years envisioning yourself as a part of the team that successfully conquers the most dangerous criminal situations.
And now, after what seems like a lifetime of training your mind, body and soul, you’ve finally made it to this last round of many intense, fierce and sometimes excruciating interviews.
Do you have what it takes?
This is it. Will you pass?
Will you be able to work well with your team, solve the clues and make it out in the limited time you have available?
If not, it’s back to the what-feels-like mundane life of a non-FBI agent. You can handle mundane, yes. But it sure doesn’t compare to what you’ve spent your life envisioning for yourself and your career.
Failure is not an option, as they say.
However, if you make it through you can plan on a hearty greeting. “Welcome, new agent, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Your years of hard work have finally paid off.”