Correctional Officer Interview Tips
According to the author of How To Ace Your Correctional Interview, nothing is worse than going to your interview unprepared.
In order to ensure success on an interview, you will want to do your research. Why? Because the more you know about a agency and its challenges, the better off you will be. Being prepared sets you apart from the competition and sends a signal to the raters on the panel that you are interested enough in them to have invested your time in research.
Some applicants are resistant because they feel like they are wasting their time, time they feel is better spent by looking for other correctional jobs on Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com. Believe me, the time you invest in research, especially when it’s for a correctional interview, will pay off handsomely. Agree?
According to the book, Ace Your Correctional Interview, questions about your character, decision making practices, and knowledge of inmate manipulation will almost always be asked.
With that said, Here are 4 things that you must research in order to ace your next CO interview…
1. Research the Agency. You’ll want to know as much about the correctional facility as possible. Fortunately, with the Internet, this is relatively easy to do. Read their incarceration volume, and officer safety report. Look for recent articles in the press. Ask people you know about the agency. The more you research a company, the better armed you will be for the interview — and the more you will impress your interviewers.
2. Research the position. Of course, the more you know about the position of a correctional officer (also known as a jailer, county deputy or prison guard), the better off you are going to be. Get as much detail as possible about the job specifications. Research similar positions in the state or federal level.
3. Research the company culture. I can tell you that fitting in with the correctional agency’s culture is essential. It can ensure or prevent success. Just because you might want to work in corrections, doesn’t mean that you will have a great experience at all jails.
4. Research the interviewers. I am amazed at how many candidates that don’t do any research on the people who will be interviewing them before the interview. Again, this kind of research is so easy to do — Google your interviewers. Go to Facebook, LinkedIn and other websites. Beyond that, ask everyone you know if they have heard of this person. Make it a mission to find out something about your interviewer.
Remember…the more you know…the more you have increased your chances for success!
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