How to Prepare For 2023 NDLEA Interview/Screening and NDLEA Interview Questions to Expect

How to Prepare For 2023 NDLEA Interview/Screening and NDLEA Interview Questions to Expect

Preparing for a job interview can be nerve-wracking, especially when it comes to securing a position in a highly respected organization like the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). 

With its critical role in combating drug trafficking and abuse, the NDLEA demands a rigorous selection process to ensure they recruit the best candidates. 

To help you succeed, this blog post provides essential tips on how to prepare for the 2023 NDLEA Interview/Screening, along with insights into the common questions you can expect.

The 2023 NDLEA Interview/Screening process is categorised into three:

(i) Screening of Documents (Original Copies of Educational Certificates, Birth Certificate, Means Identification and any other document) submited during Application, and requested by the NDLEA

(ii) Screening of Fitness, Height, Chest Size, Body Posture

(iii) Oral/Writen Interview (this will be brief but technical) 

How to Prepare For NDLEA Interview/Screening

1.Get the NDLEA Interview Uniform and Essential Documents Ready

Ensure to have the NDLEA Interiew/Screening Dress Code at hand and neatly readied. The 2023 NDLEA Interview/Screening Uniform is "a pair each of white (unmarked) round neck vests, navy blue shorts (without stripes), canvass and white socks".

Image: Example of NDLEA Interview Uniform

Also, arrange your Documents ahead of time. What are the requirement for Ndlea screening? According to information in the NDLEA Website, Candidates should attend the 2023 NDLEA screening/interview with the following documents:

(i) Original and photocopy of credentials in a file, including all relevant certificates (academic/statement of results; birth/declaration of age certificates; NYSC discharge/exemption certificates; certificate of state of origin; and professional certificates where necessary etc.

(ii) Two recent colour passport photographs without cap/hat.

(iii) Duly completed copies of the guarantors’ forms.

(iv) Printed National Identification Card and Bank Verification Number (BVN)

(v) Current certificate of medical fitness from a government hospital.

(vi) Trade Test Certificate for Narcotic Assistants (If any).

(vii) Writing materials.

Download Screeining Centres with Serial Numbers, Batches, Groups here https://t.ly/AKdE6 and follow to find your date for the 2023 NDLEA Interview/Screening

Also, Download Full PDF List of NDLEA Shortlisted Candidates here https://t.ly/Lx2N and the NDLEA Interview List 2023 arranged according to Centers here https://t.ly/lDUh.

2. Be Punctual at the NDLEA Interview Center

Ensure you arrive the NDLEA Interview/Screening Center before the slated time. If you must travel a longer distance, from another State to the Interview Center, then you will have to travel before the Interview/Screening day.

The 2023 NDLEA Interview Date is from Monday 5th  to Friday 16th June 2023. NDLEA interview/Screening begins at 8 am each day. 

Ensure to know your Interview Date, Center, Serial Number, Batch and Group via the information provided in No 1 above. 

3. Research the NDLEA

Before you step into the interview Centre, take the time to thoroughly research the NDLEA. Familiarize yourself with the agency's mission, objectives, organizational structure, and recent accomplishments. Understanding the NDLEA's core values and the challenges it faces will demonstrate your genuine interest and commitment to the agency's cause.

4. Review the Job Description

Carefully study the job description for the position you applied for. Identify the key responsibilities, skills, and qualifications required. Take note of specific competencies or experiences that the NDLEA may prioritize during the interview process. This will help you tailor your responses and highlight relevant experiences during the interview.

5. Brush up on Drug Law Enforcement Knowledge

Given the nature of the NDLEA's work, it is crucial to have a solid understanding of drug law enforcement principles, policies, and practices. Refresh your knowledge of drug classification, drug trafficking routes, the effects of different drugs, and the legal frameworks governing drug control. Stay updated with current trends and emerging challenges in the field to showcase your commitment to staying informed.

6. Practice Mock Interviews

One of the best ways to prepare for an NDLEA interview is to practice mock interviews with a friend, family member, or mentor. Create a list of potential questions and simulate the interview environment as closely as possible. Focus on your body language, tone of voice, and the clarity and conciseness of your answers. Constructive feedback from your practice sessions will help you refine your responses and build confidence.

Common NDLEA Interview Questions to Expect

While the 2023 NDLEA interview questions may vary from Batch to Batch, here are some common ones that often arise in NDLEA interviews:

1. Why do you want to work for the NDLEA?

2. What would you do as NDLEA Officer to eliminate drug use and trafficking?

3. Cultural plurality is found in NDLEA's Work environment As an officer in NDLEA. Heading a team or unit, what will you do?

4. Mention Drugs termed as Illegal which are prohibited from being imported, sold and distribed in Nigeria?

5. What is the Uniform Colour of NDLEA?

Answer: Uniform of NDLEA - Their official color is red, so they're mostly on a red cloth carrying the NDLEA inscription.

6. Under which Ministry is NDLEA?

7. Who is the current Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA?

8. NDLEA has how many Directorates?  Answer is 14 Directorates

9. How many Zonal Commands does NDLEA have?  Answer is 14 zonal commands

10. NDLEA has how many State Area Commands? Answer is 111 State Area Commands 

11. How many Special Commands (Airport and Seaports) does NDLEA have? Answer is 10 Special (airports & seaports) commands.

12. When was NDLEA established?

13. What steps would you take to gather intelligence on drug trafficking activities?

14. How do you stay updated on drug trends and enforcement strategies?

15. Who was the First Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA? Answer is DIG Fidelis Oyakhilome (June 12th, 1990 to March 10th, 1991) 

16. Who is the immediate past chairman of NDLEA?

17. What are the mission and vision of NDLEA?

18. What are the Ranks/hierarchy in NDLEA?


NDLEA Officers Ranks

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) of Nigeria has different ranks for its officers. The ranks, from highest to lowest are as follows:

(i) Chairman/Chief Executive

(ii) Director General

(iii) Assistant Director 

(iv) General

(v) Commander

(vi) Deputy Commander

(vii) Assistant Commander

(viii) Chief Narcotic Agent

(ix) Superintendent of Narcotics

(x) Deputy Superintendent of Narcotics

(xi) Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics I

(xii) Assistant Superintendent of Narcotics II

(xiii) Narcotic Agent INarcotic Agent II

(xiv) Narcotic Agent III

19. Who is the NDLEA Director of Training and Manpower Development? Answer is Chinyere Obiajuru

20. How would you handle a situation where you suspect a colleague of misconduct?

21.  What are the roles of Ndlea in national security? 

Answer: eliminating the growing, processing, manufacturing, selling, exporting, and trafficking of hard drugs.

22. What is the headquarters of Ndlea? 

Answer: No 6, Port Harcourt Crescent, Area 11, Garki, Abuja.

23. What are three functions of NDLEA? 

Answer: (1) They enforce the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Act. 

(2) They identify, trace, arrest, as well as prosecute people that are involved in illicit drug activities, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.  

(3) They destroy illicit drugs.

24. Which agencies are responsible for maintaining national security in Nigeria?


(1) State Security Service (SSS) – Responsible for domestic intelligence.

(2) National Intelligence Agency (NIA) – Responsible for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations.

(3) Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) – Responsible for military intelligence.

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Preparing for an NDLEA interview requires diligent research, thorough knowledge of drug law enforcement, and strategic preparation. By following the tips outlined in this blog post and practicing your responses to common questions, you can confidently showcase your skills, experiences, and dedication to the NDLEA's mission. Remember to stay composed, be authentic, and highlight your passion for making a positive impact in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking. Good luck!

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