INTERPOL is the world’s largest police organization, with 195 member countries. You can join INTERPOL as an employee or an intern. The application process is online, and an INTERPOL agent will contact you if accepted. A background in law enforcement is not mandatory since INTERPOL hires people in diverse positions.
Let’s look at the process.
Step 1: Visit the Recruitments Page
First, you visit the INTERPOL website’s careers page, https://www.interpol.int/Recruitment. On the left-hand side of your screen, select vacancies. You’ll see a link redirecting you to INTERPOL’s recruitment platform, Talentlink. INTERPOL lists all the open positions on this platform, including their locations.
Step 2: Narrow Down Your Choices
You can apply to positions that best suit you based on your experience and education. Click on the listed job and read the job description to understand the requirements. Ensure you read the entire description to avoid applying for positions that don’t suit you.
To avoid spending a lot of time going through the listing, you can use the search criteria provided on the recruitment platform. It allows you to search for job listings in a particular location and whether you want a mentorship program, fixed-term contract, short-term contract, a temporary position, or internship.
You can also search for “seconded positions.” Only law enforcement officers in member countries can apply for a “seconded position.”
Step 3: Account Creation on the Recruitment Platform
At the bottom of the page with the job description, click on “Apply for requisition.” It redirects you to a page that needs you to register on the platform. The account creation process is simple and only requires you to provide your name and email address.
You can then upload your CV and other relevant documents to your profile.
Step 4: The Application Form
When filling out the application form, ensure you enter the necessary information in all the mandatory fields. It is also good to check the submission deadline for individual positions and submit your application before the allowed period for submission elapses.
If you qualify for multiple positions, you can submit your application to each of them individually. If you uploaded a resume while creating an account, there’s no need to upload it again.
Step 5: The Interview
If you meet the requirements and your application gets accepted, an INTERPOL agent contacts you through email or call to set up an interview. After submitting your application, the waiting period can be between two weeks or several months.
The interview may require you to attend in person or on a video conferencing platform. If you pass this stage, INTERPOL will set up a date for a written exam. You have to take the exam from one of the INTERPOL locations. The exam tests your ability to handle specific situations and how well you can cope in the position.
Once you pass the written exam, INTERPOL sends you a job offer which you have to accept.
Before you apply for any position at INTERPOL, check that your country is a member of INTERPOL. You also have to be at least 18 years old. Visit INTERPOL’s website and see the list of member countries.