Growing up, you loved reading the adventures of fictional characters Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, and Nancy Drew. Naturally, you want to become a detective yourself.
Before you get a degree in criminal justice or take private investigator training courses, however, you need to know the basic qualities that make a great detective. The Center For Legal Studies cites some of them.
As a detective, your primary duties will be to gather pieces of information and evidence and to find and follow clues or leads to help solve cases. Accordingly, you need to have that insatiable desire to learn about everything under the sun. This will come in handy when you start interviewing and observing people, doing your research, going over documents, and analyzing data for your cases, which can include finding missing persons and uncovering criminal activities.
In the course of investigating, you’ll surely be required to work undercover every now and then, so you need to have a knack for staying unnoticed. This is important for your safety and for keeping your investigation covert so as not to compromise the case. For example, you wouldn’t want to be out in the open taking pictures of suspected crime syndicate members while they are possibly conducting their shady dealings, would you?
Lastly, your character will sometimes be put to the test as you perform your duties. Whenever this happens, stay strong and do what you know is right, even in the face of being offered huge sums of money to do otherwise. Bribes will usually come from the subjects of investigation, but they can also be from your clients in case you discover something detrimental to them. Be prepared for either scenario and just always let your moral compass guide you.
If you think you’ve got these three I’s covered, then good for you. You’re already one step closer to becoming a detective like your fictional idols.