Sample Correctional Officer Interview Questions
Posted by Admin at November 10th, 2011
Corrections Officer Practice Interview Questions
First and foremost congratulations if you are scheduled to sit through the correctional officer oral board interview! That in itself is commendable, so now you just want to make sure you come across in the best possible light.
We have been asked numerous times what to do in preparation for a CO interview Whilst there is no way of predicting exactly what you will be asked, below is a list of common questions that tend to always come up.
According to the book, How To Ace Your Correctional Interview, familiarizing yourself with sample interview questions beforehand is the best way to prepare for the corrections panel interview.
With that being said, review below common interview questions for correctional officers.
Tell me about yourself.
This is probably the most asked question in an interview. It breaks the ice and gets you to talk about something you should be fairly comfortable with. Have something prepared that doesn’t sound rehearsed. It’s not about you telling your life story and quite frankly the interviewer just isn’t interested. Unless asked to do so, stick to your education, career and current situation. Work through it chronologically from the furthest back to the present.
What do you know about this correctional agency?
Do your homework prior to the interview. Doing the background work will help you stand out. Find out who the main players are (like the warden), how many inmates are housed per unit, have the agency been in the news recently? You’re not expected to know every date and individual yet you need to have a solid understanding of corrections.
What would your previous co-workers say about you?
This is not the arena for full disclosure. You want to stay positive and add a few specific statements or paraphrase. Something like “Joe Blogs always mentioned how reliable and hard working I was” is enough.
As you know dealing with inmates in a jail or prison setting can be stressful. How do you handle stressful situations and working under pressure?
There are several ways of addressing this one. You may be the sort of person that works well under pressure; you may even thrive under pressure. Whatever the case may be just make sure you don’t say you panic. You want to give specific examples of stressful situations and how well you dealt with them.
You may also want to list a few tools you use to help you, such as to do lists etc. It is alright to say that if you feel you are way over your head you will ask for assistance. It is equally acceptable to say that you work best under pressure if this is indeed the case and relevant to the particular role.
Why do you want this job?
This questions typically follows on from the previous one. Here is where your research will come in handy. You may want to say that you want to work for a company that is x, y, z, (market leader, innovator, provides a vital service, whatever it may be). Put some thought into this beforehand, be specific and link the agecny’s values and mission statement to your own goals and career plans.
Category: Corrections Job Interview Questions