You’ve got an outstanding resume, an impeccable professional attire and a pleasing personality as well and you are dead sure that you will bag the correctional officer position.
However the fact of the matter is, the way you face the volley of questions thrown at you by the interview board will decide your fate. Your appearance and CV comes secondary, says the author of How To Ace Your Corrections Officer Interview.
Though there are no hard and fast rules as to what questions you will have to tackle, however there are some common questions that are used by many interviewers, time and again.
Here are the top ten interview questions for a correctional officers.
Tell me something about yourself
A common question that helps breaks the ice and keeps the conversation flowing. Also, it gives you an opportunity to offer an overview of yourself and accomplishments. Experts suggest that your answer should be precise and structured, when answering this question and it should basically comprise a brief of your personal and professional summary.
What are some of your strength
Here you should highlight your skills and traits that will aptly suit the current opening of a correctional officer. Speak on two or three skills that are most relevant to the job. However, avoid cliches and generalities, say experts.
Do you have any basic idea about our agency?
Every recruiter wishes that you have some basic information about their organization. Focus your response on what you know about the agency in terms of history, is it a super max facility, low or high medium security and etc.
Why should we employ you?
Prior to answering this question, ensure that you understand the specific needs and expertise relevant to the position of a jailer/prison guard. The answer should revolve around how you are going to contribute as a CO, what skill set you are bringing to the table.
How long do you plan to stay with us?
The best answer here would be to say that you are looking forward to a long term career if career progression and growth opportunities are provided.
What is your biggest weakness?
Here experts suggest that one should portray ones weakness in a positive way.
Example: I am perfectionist, so sometimes I have hard time delegating
What was the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you deal with it?
Here the interviewers are trying to measure your problem solving approach when dealing with inmates. The best bet is to choose a situation that wasn’t caused by self, however, had a positive outcome and then explain how you did to overcome the problem
Why do you wish to leave your present organization?
This is not an opening to bad-mouth your former employer, rather focus on your need to newer challenges, greater responsibilities and increased learning opportunities. One may also wish to emphasize on how the current opportunity is aligned with your long term aspirations and personal goals.
What are your expectations on the remuneration front?
It is always wise to defer the situation till the company has decided to hire you. However, if the recruiter insists then try and keep the response broad and generic. The best answer is to say that I expect that you would give a fair raise in accordance with my qualifications and experience.
What do you look for in a job?
There isn’t right or wrong answer to this question. However, show your enthusiasm and focus on opportunities that meet your long term career plans as a correctional Officer.