Security Guard

A security officer (or security guard) is a person who is paid to protect property, assets, or people. Security guards are usually privately and formally employed civilian personnel. Security officers are generally uniformed and act to protect property by maintaining a high visibility presence to deter illegal and inappropriate actions, observing (either directly, through patrols, or by watching alarm systems or video cameras) for signs of crime, fire or disorder; then taking action and repor...

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What do you think the threats are, and why we need a security guard here?
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Career Field
Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Hours per Week
Protective Services
40 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

Security guards generally need a high school diploma or GED, although some jobs may not have any education requirements. Some employers, however, prefer to hire security guards with higher education, such as a 2- or 4-year degree in police science or criminal justice.

Work Environment

Security guards work in a wide variety of places, including public buildings, retail stores, and office buildings. Gaming surveillance officers and investigators mostly work in the gaming industry and at casino hotels. They are employed only in those states, and on those Indian reservations, where gambling is legal.


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Security Guard Interview Questions and Answers
1. What do you think the threats are, and why we need a security guard here?
2. What's your ideal job or task, as a security guard?
3. What is the most serious conflict you have faced as a security guard? How did you handle it?
4. Are you okay with a background check?
5. Why do you want to be a security guard here?
6. What motivates you to protect our customers, building, operations, etc?
7. How do you keep focused during your shifts?
8. Are you CPR Certified? If not, why? And do you plan on getting your certification?
9. How does this position, fit into your career plans?
10. Have you worked with other security guards in a team environment before? How well do you communicate with them?
11. What is your greatest strength?
12. Did you ever call off work from your last position? What were the reasons if you did.
13. How important is being on time or early for work, to you?
14. Why should we hire you?
15. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
16. Why are you the best candidate for us?
17. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
18. Do you work well under pressure?
19. How do you handle stressful situations?
20. Are you a reliable person?
21. What surveillance systems are you familiar with?
22. Do you have prior experience as a Security Guard?
23. Are you a detail oriented person?
24. What qualifies you for this job?
25. Are you CPR/First Aid certified?