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Top 30 Correction Officer Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
What would you do if an officer next to you was engaged in a physical fight with an inmate?
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Question 2 of 30
Do you have a role model or mentor?
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Having a mentor, or role model, shows the interviewer that you are open to gaining personal, and professional, growth.If you do not have a mentor, be prepared to discuss who you would choose as a mentor if you could.

A mentor can be someone like a leader, motivational speaker, or pastor who you respect. Maybe you listen to a specific podcast or read a particular author's books for personal development.
Whatever you choose, be sure to display to the interviewer that you are open to continued growth through mentorship.

Answer Example
"My role model is Tony Robbins. I listen to his podcast every morning because I find him motivating and I like his tougher approach. He's taught me the importance of grabbing life by the horns."
Entry Level Example
"You can answer this question in a more personal way if you wish: "My role model has always been my mother. She has such a level head and sticks to her decisions once they are made. She taught me everything I know about the importance of discipline and also enjoying life."
Experienced Example
"One of the most significant role models I have was my supervisor in the state facility which I was first hired. He took me under his wing and taught me best practices that I still implement. He did not bring an ego to work and treated the inmates with empathy and respect as much as possible. I still implement the methods he taught me."
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Question 3 of 30
Tell me about an experience where you successfully used de-escalation techniques in preventing a physical altercation.
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The interviewer would like to know more about your de-escalation techniques and your confidence when it comes to implementing them. Give an example of a time when you lead a de-escalation and how it was successful. Keep your answer brief but be sure to display that you are comfortable conducting this type of initiative.

Answer Example
"Last month I had two inmates who were feuding. It came to a head at dinner one evening when I could see that the two groups had a lot of extra tension between them. I heard rumors from other inmates that a fight was to start that evening. I was sure to bring on additional officers, and we kept the inmates busy with conversation and a lot of unexpected movement. It worked as the fight never happened. We broke their routine which was enough to shake up their plan."
Entry Level Example
"Because I am new to this career I do not have a specific example; however, if I were to experience a potential threat like this I would be sure to follow the regulations and procedures put in place at this facility. Safety is incredibly important for both the officers and inmates and order must be kept at all times."
Experienced Example
"I have a few techniques at hand when it comes to de-escalating conflict. My current place of employment implemented an 8-step process that I follow. Listen, Acknowledge, Agree, Apologize, Clarification, Choices + Consequences, Sequence Questions, and Suggestibility. This is a method that I am well-versed in, and able to train as well."
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Question 4 of 30
Why do you want a position as a correction officer?
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The interviewer would like to understand why this career path interests you. If you have been a correction officer for many years, this can be a simple answer. If you are new to the career, then you can talk a little bit about what attracted you to the industry, to begin with.

Answer Example
"I was attracted to a career as a correction officer for a variety of reasons. My father was a correction officer and, as a child, I recall seeing him come home in his uniform and showing a sense of pride. His job was to protect. After I left the military, I decided that a career as a correction officer would be the most natural and positive transition for me."
Entry Level Example
"I started my education in Criminology because I initially wanted to become a police officer. When I was in post-secondary studies, I learned more about the career path of a correction officer. I prefer the idea of working with inmates rather than being a street cop."
Experienced Example
"I have been a correction officer for six years now, and I love my job. Every day is a new challenge, and I feel like I am making a difference in the lives of others. This is a career path that I will be following for years to come."
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Question 5 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 6 of 30
What do you fear will be your potential weaknesses as a correction officer inside our prison?
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Question 7 of 30
Why are you the best suited person for this job?
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Question 8 of 30
If you saw another correctional officer doing something inappropriate, how would you handle the situation?
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Question 9 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 10 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Creators of Correction Officer Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 03/19/2014
Last modified on: 07/01/2018

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Question 11 of 30
How do you get along with other correction officers?
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Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to your career as a corrections officer.
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Question 13 of 30
Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?
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Question 14 of 30
Competition is stiff for this position. Why should we hire you?
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Question 15 of 30
We conduct early-stage criminal background checks, credit checks, and drug tests on all of our candidates. Is there anything you would like to disclose at this time?
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Question 16 of 30
Corrections is ever-changing. We seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on law enforcement related current events?
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Question 17 of 30
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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Question 18 of 30
Are you willing to work long hours, on a variety of different shifts, with a limited amount of notice?
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Question 19 of 30
How would you handle an inmate who constantly yelled at you and said extremely derogatory things to you?
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Question 20 of 30
Have you ever worked in a stressful environment? How did you handle it?
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Question 21 of 30
Have you ever faced a company policy you disagreed with, but had to enforce anyway?
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Question 22 of 30
Describe a situation in which you supervised a large group of individuals. What specific steps did you take to ensure that all individuals in your group completed scheduled activities?
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Question 23 of 30
What role do you believe a correction officer plays in preventing contraband in the prison?
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Question 24 of 30
Tell me about a time when you showed your superior officer that you are trustworthy, and responsible.
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Question 25 of 30
Do you have a problem with authority?
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Question 26 of 30
What makes you angry?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond your job duties.
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Question 28 of 30
Tell me about a time when it was better to be agreeable in a situation, rather than continue the argument.
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Question 29 of 30
How would you address the issue of a subordinate who is consistently late for their shift?
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Question 30 of 30
You must be physically fit to be a corrections officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?
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About Correction Officer

August 17th, 2017

Correction officers monitor individuals who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or who have been arrested and are waiting for their trial. Besides counseling and rehabilitating prisoners, correctional officers also inspect facilities periodically to ensure that all safety and security standards are met.
A high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum qualification required for this job. In addition, correction officers have to go through a training academy to learn the practical aspects of the job. Correction officers must have good judgment and must have excellent self-discipline, physical strength, and negotiating skills.
Expect to go through a rigorous interview. The interviewer will want to ensure that you are the right candidate for the job and will ask you about your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to this role. Are you a good judge of character? Do you have the necessary self-discipline so you can be a role-model the individuals you are in charge of? To gauge your ability to handle challenging situations, which are the norm in this job, the interviewer may provide you with a mock scenario and ask you how you would handle it. Your answer will play a key role in whether or not you get hired as a correction officer. You can find several more questions at Mock Questions. Go through them and spend some time thinking about how you will answer them. The more compelling your replies, the higher the chances of getting hired.

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