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Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?

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  1. 1.

    Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?

      The interviewer wants to put a bit of extra emphasis on the fine line between being a good person and not being caught. This answer should be kept very simple, and 100% honest.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have never committed a crime. I was raised to be an honest person and to respect other people, their property, and myself."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If you have committed a crime: "I was a troublemaker in my teen years and was pressured into shoplifting at a gas station when I was 15. I was never caught with it but always felt terrible. When I was older, I went back to that gas station and paid them back."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Unfortunately, I have. Nobody is perfect, but I do learn from my mistakes."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is very honest; however, I like that you do not disclose too much. I suggest rewording the 'nobody is perfect' phrase as it could sound defensive if read in the wrong tone.

      "Unfortunately I have not been perfect; however, I have learned from my mistakes. I am happy to be on the straight and narrow and look forward to influencing young offenders to turn their life around."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "No, I’ve never committed a crime. I grew up in a strict Caribbean household and was taught to always respect myself and others."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Solid start! When it came to being taught to respect yourself and others, were there any lessons that stood out for you? I see an excellent opportunity for a quick story from childhood, where you learned a valuable lesson.

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  2. 2.

    You must be physically fit to be a corrections officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?

      The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of meeting the physical demands required to be a corrections officer. A fit test will be administered; however, this is an opportunity for you to disclose any concerns you may have regarding the fitness portion of the role.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am fully prepared to complete the fit test. I am in great physical shape. To train myself for a career in corrections, I have attended CrossFit 5 times per week for the last 12 months. I also run 6 to 15 miles every week."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am in peak physical condition. While attending university, I worked as a personal trainer part-time. You can be sure that I am fully prepared to pass the fit test."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I workout regularly, and have maintained my physical standards that were expected of me during my physical. I also take boxing and martial arts classes."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a great response!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I grew up playing sports and lifting weights, and I still stay very active. I like to work out and play basketball."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great! If there are any physical requirements mentioned in the job description (such as lifting up to 80 pounds) be sure to mention that you can perform those requirements.

      "I am physically fit and train myself regularly. I grew up playing sports, and still life weights and play basketball."

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  3. 3.

    How do you get along with other correction officers?

      The interviewer wants to gauge if you can maintain healthy relationships in the workplace. They want to know more about the dynamics with your coworkers. Think about what you enjoyed about some of your relationships with past coworkers. Excellent communication, sense of humor, and support are all great qualities that make co-worker relationships healthy and harmonious.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I get along great with my fellow officers. I try to maintain a positive attitude and be supportive, whether I am offering to assist someone who is overwhelmed, or if I am taking time to listen to someone who is having a bad day."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I can get along with a great variety of individuals. I appreciate diversity in experience, and I look forward to learning from everyone on your team."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "You have to have good relationships and work well with your fellow correction officers. You want to ensure they have your back and you have theirs because in a job like this, anything can happen and you need each other."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's likely that you will lose the interviewers' attention with 'You' statements vs. 'I' statements. Try personalizing this answer to grab their interest. I have provided a starter, below.

      "I understand the importance of creating and maintaining good relationships with my fellow correction officers. I will develop strong relationships by showing my coworkers that I have their back in any situation. In the military, I created solid relationships by...(give an example of your relationship-building skills in action)."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "During my agility testing, I got to know one of your correction officers. He was a great guy, telling me what to expect during this interview process and on the actual job. He told me he knows 100% all the other officers he works with have his back 100%. That is something I want to be a part of, and I believe I would fit right in with those guys."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your response shows that you are friendly and easy to get along with. Avoid mentioning that a correction officer told you insider info on the interview process, as the interviewers may not like that (depends on the environment). Also, you will want to beware of statements that are geared towards a single gender. I have reworded this for you below.

      "During my agility test, I got to know one of your correction officers. He was very encouraging about the process and gave me excellent insight into the day-to-day workings of being a correction officer. He told me that he knows each one of his coworkers has his back, 100%. I look forward to being part of a work environment where people watch out for each other."

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  4. 4.

    Why do you want a position as a correction officer?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I believe this would be an amazing opportunity to get into law enforcement. I love everything about it. What excites me the most is that no two days will be the same."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Try to dig a bit deeper than variety in the workplace, showing the interviewer that you have a solid reason for being there, and for staying long-term.

      "I want this position as a correction officer because every day is a new challenge. It's important to me that I impact the lives of others, helping inmates to get on the right path. I see myself in this fulfilling career for many years to come."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I want to make a positive impact on people going through one of the worse times of their lives."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This answer is a good start! Try expanding on your answer even further. In this guide, I teach job seekers how to answer a question such as, 'Why do you want this job?' (This question is just a rephrase of that classic interview question): https://www.mockquestions.com/articles/How to Answer 5 of The Most Common Interview Questions/

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  5. 5.

    What are your salary expectations?

      Before your interview, make sure you have researched the median salary for the position (and location). You can look at salary reviews on Glassdoor.com or Payscale.com.

      Always make sure you give a salary range, not just a number. Providing a range allows you to negotiate down the road if you are given an offer. However, if you just tell the employer you are looking for $50K it doesn’t leave room for negotiating later on. Also, make sure the lowest number of your range is something you are comfortable with!

      Another great option is to tell the interviewer what you are currently earning and tell them that you are seeking a competitive offer. Use your current earnings as an example. Be open, and honest. Transparency is the best choice when salary based questions arise.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Currently, I earn a base salary of $45,000 per year plus health benefits. I would like to stay in the same range or slightly higher."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am new to my career as a corrections officer and am looking for a fair range, given my blend of education and training. I understand that the average range for this role, in our state, is $40-$45k/year. Do you have a particular number in mind?"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I understand you have to work from the bottom to get to the top. It said on the website $46-63K. I would be happy with the minimal starting out."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Avoid undercutting yourself. Try to back your ask with reasons why you are worth what you are :)

      "It mentioned on the job application that the salary range for this position is $46-63K per year. I am new to a career in corrections and understand that I will have to prove myself to gain peak compensation levels. With that said, I bring solid education in a skilled trade and am in great physical condition. I am confident that you would present a fair wage that reflects all of these details."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am new to my career, and I am looking for a fair range like they pose on the website, which is 60- 65k per year. I understand this is the average range right now for our department. Do you have a particular number in mind?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      You support your answer nicely through research. It's great that you ask the question in return, ensuring that you are on the same page as the interviewing company.

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  6. 6.

    Tell me about a time when you showed your superior officer that you are trustworthy, and responsible.

      The interviewer would like to know that you have a history of being reliable and trustworthy. It can be difficult to speak highly of yourself; however, providing a great example of your trustworthiness and ability to be responsible is what will set you apart from other candidates.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I have always shown trustworthiness and responsibility throughout my career as a correction officer. One specific time I can think of would be when I caught an inmate with a significant amount of drugs. In that particular prison, there was an issue with correction officers assisting inmates to smuggle contraband for a financial kick back. I exercised responsibility and reported it immediately."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I just completed my training at a local state prison and learned that the best way to show my superior officer that I am trustworthy is to listen to my orders without hesitation and keep my nose clean when it comes to altercations."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I worked as a cashier while I was in college. While my manager was collecting the draws, I realized a few bills hadn't been put in the register. I picked them up and carried them to her office."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Nice! Your manager must have really appreciated your honesty :) Next, be sure to offer a statement regarding how your trustworthy nature will ensure that you are an excellent correction officer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "On my first call to guard, I was shown the bare minimum of what to do and was left alone guarding a prisoner overnight by myself. I accomplished all tasks that were laid out for me and answered any questions that the next shift of officers had for me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This sounds like a potentially stressful situation; however, you handled it with poise and professionalism. If you'd like to form a more robust answer, I recommend studying the STAR framework - a great method for approaching 'tell me about a time...' questions. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result, and you can learn more in this guide: https://www.mockquestions.com/articles/Master Behavioral-Based Interviews Using The Star Method/

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  7. 7.

    How would you handle an inmate who constantly yelled at you and said extremely derogatory things to you?

      The interviewer will learn a lot about your character and workplace personality when you answer this question. As a correction officer you will come across inmates who will say anything to get a reaction out of you. Assure the interviewer that you have the ability to keep a level head.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am accustomed to this type of behavior now that I have worked as a correction officer for eight years. When I first began this career it did bother me, and I would take things personally, but now I let it slide. If disciplinary action needs to be taken I will follow those protocols; however, I know better than to show any emotional reaction in a situation like that."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If an inmate said something extreme to me, I would ignore it. I know that as a corrections officer, my reaction will just fuel the fire and nobody will get anywhere. I try to remain professional and poised in all situations."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Brush it off and don’t take it to heart. This is something you have to get used to in this type of environment. There are inmates who will do and say things just to get a reaction. Remain consistent, firm, and fair at all times."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You have some fantastic points! Be aware of using 'I' language instead of 'You' language. In an interviewer, 'You' statements can sound very removed, impersonal, and as though you are trying to give the interviewer a lesson :) I have made a re-phrase suggestion below.

      "If an inmate yelled at me or said derogatory things to me, I would brush it off. I don't take situations like that to heart. It is important that I would consider my environment and adapt, mentally. I am a consistent person and remain calm and fair in all situations."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I would try to find out what causes him to yell at me and find out what's bugging him and try to talk to him."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a good approach. You could also try bringing in some factors from inmate psychology if you have any training or have done any reading on this.

      "I understand that inmates require a balance of physiological, social, and emotional needs which are often not met when incarcerated. If an inmate were aggressive with me, I would try to find out the basis of their behavior and talk it out."

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  8. 8.

    Do you have a problem with authority?

      As a correction officer, you need to be able to report to a variety of levels comfortably. Using a real-life example is always the best route to take when asked a behavior-based question. If you can, discuss the relationship between yourself and your most recent employer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do not have a problem with answering to authority. While working in prison, you must always answer to your authority figures with the utmost respect as the inmates are always watching. My previous supervisor and I had a very great working relationship, and she is happy to give a strong reference as well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I fully understand that there needs to be a level of authority in the workplace, especially in the prison system. I will have no issue with authority. It's necessary, and I embrace it."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Of course not, we need to have authority in all situations in life. If we didn’t have authority, we would have a lot more problems in the world."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Solid response; however, I have reworded it just to soften the delivery a touch.

      "I do not have a problem with authority. We need people in authoritative roles, in all situations in life."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "No I do not, I always report to my superiors in the upmost respect, because I expect the same respect back and know that it’s necessary to have oversight and chain of command."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very well said. Great work :)

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  9. 9.

    What would you do if an officer next to you was engaged in a physical fight with an inmate?

      The interviewer would like to know that you understand what to do when you see an officer engaged in a physical altercation. Answer this according to the way that you have been trained. Refer to your training manual, and corporate policies, and recite those if possible.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "According to my current employment policy, in the event of a physical altercation between an inmate and another officer, I am trained to call code black, ensure all inmates are out of harm's way and then assist."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If you are new to the industry, you should refer to your instinct. It's okay to ask the interviewer what they would prefer that you do if you genuinely do not know.

      For example: "I have never been in a situation like this; however, I feel that the best thing to do would be to call for assistance and attempt to hold the inmate back. What would you suggest in a situation like this?"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "If my coworker got into a fight, I would immediately call for back up and order all inmates to get down on the floor."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a pretty good, basic response. If you have further training, feel free to get into more detail.

      "If a fellow officer became involved in a physical altercation with an inmate, I would immediately call for backup. Then, I would order all inmates to get down on the floor. Next, I would assist my coworker in restraining the assaulting inmate."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "The first thing is to call for backup advice of the situation that you have and then go help your co-workers to restrain the inmate and avoid further aggression against my co-worker and safeguard the life of the inmate."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It seems you have a solid understanding of what you would do. Good answer.

      "The first step is to call for backup and advise of the situation. Then, I would go help my coworkers to restrain the inmate, avoiding further aggression. I would also take steps to safeguard the life of the inmate."

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  10. 10.

    Do you have a role model or mentor?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, I do have a mentor. I met him while playing pick up basketball and we had a lot of similarities. After getting to know him, I found out he was in the law enforcement field, so I started doing volunteer services with him and he has been guiding me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This example is great! I have reworded it a bit, for the sake of clarity.

      "Yes, I do have a mentor. He and I met during a game of pick up basketball. We have a lot of similarities which initially connected us, and I later learned he was in law enforcement. Because of him, I started to volunteer. He has been mentoring me for six months now."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "* My role model has always been my older brother, who has taught me the meaning of duty and is proud to help offenders in his role as a police officer."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds like your brother has played a significant part in your career goals. Can you speak in more detail regarding the lessons that your brother has taught you?

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  11. 11.

    Tell me about an experience where you successfully used de-escalation techniques in preventing a physical altercation.

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I grew up with twin sisters. They would always argue, so I was pretty much their referee. I would break up their fights and take each one off to the side and listen to what their problem was with one another. Then I would find a common ground solution for them both."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer is entertaining! It made me laugh, and will likely make the interviewer smile too. Depending on your level of training, you could also mention which de-escalation techniques you have been formally trained in.

      "When it comes to de-escalation, I believe the proper steps are to listen, acknowledge, clarify, and discuss choices and consequences with the inmate. Since I am new to my career as a correction officer, my greatest experience in de-escalation comes from growing up around twin sisters. They would always argue, and I was the referee. I would break up their fights, and take each one off to the side and listen, trying to source the core of the problem. Then, I would help them find common ground and resolution. Really, many of the steps I would be taking here in this role."

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  12. 12.

    Tell me about yourself.

      When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in this career path and what you enjoy about it. This is an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities that you bring.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a motivated and hard working individual. I have high moral standards and believe all people should be shown respect. I strive to go above and beyond what is expected of me and I am good at building relationships. I have several years experience as a correctional officer and I find the job to be challenging and rewarding. I believe in high expectations and following rules, but I am also personable and approachable. Outside of work, I enjoy playing outside with my two kids and attending all of their sporting events. As a family, we are active in the community and enjoy participating in any opportunities to give back. I am excited about taking this next step in my career."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a very active individual who loves to workout and goes to the mountains on the weekend. I feel that my level of activity on my off time greatly improves my work during the week. I have a high amount of energy to offer!"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I’ve worked the last six years for a security company, my responsibilities there shifted, I would be assigned to work psych units where I would watch patients that were of harm to themselves or behavioral issues, I would also patrol the hospital campus in a company vehicle and ensure the security of the compound. My most recent job at a state hospital, I am in the position of therapeutic safety officer. My responsibilities would be to actively monitor the environment and well being of all. Bring patients out to hospital trips/ court trips in a secure manner. And supervise patient while they were being visited by family members or friends."

      Rachelle's Answer

      The bulk of your answer is very helpful to an interviewer. Try adding in a just a bit about your personal side such as characteristics, or volunteer work. I have provided a sample, below.

      "I have worked in security for the past six years in tough assignments such as psych units with patients who want to harm themselves. In my most recent position, I am a therapeutic safety officer. My responsibilities include actively monitoring the environment and well being of the patients. I bring these patients to court and other out of hospital trips which requires a great deal of empathy while also remaining ready to take action in a split second. In my spare time, I keep active through martial arts and boxing which keep me fit both physically and mentally."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I'm a hardworking individual that always aims to overcome any challenge that is put before me. I have experience guarding prisoners. What was just a job to earn extra money got me interested in becoming a correctional officer. I would like to take the experience to the next step and help others."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's great that you have related job experience! I often like to teach the 'Past, Present, Future' framework for answering this question since it's a method that can result in an even fuller response. We have a guide here if you'd like to do some research and learn more: https://www.mockquestions.com/articles/How To Answer: Tell Me About Yourself/

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  13. 13.

    What do you fear will be your potential weaknesses as a correction officer inside our prison?

      Avoid choosing critical job-related skills as your weaknesses. You want to be honest about what you feel your weaknesses are, but you do not want to make it sound as though you are not a good fit for the role. For instance, saying, 'I've been told I am not a strong communicator,' would talk you out of a job immediately.

      Choose to discuss some weaker areas that are easy for you to start improving on right away. Be sure to mention how you are improving on these weaknesses, as well.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do not fear that my weaknesses would make me a poor fit as a correction officer, but I do know what areas I would benefit from working on. Personally, I am working on my ability to completely let the emotions of my day go when I arrive home. This way I will always come back to work feeling refreshed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I just recently completed my education in criminal justice and am happy with the knowledge that I gained. One thing my training did not cover was a lot of technical skills. I would like to have stronger computer skills, so I recently enrolled in a 6-week evening course on Excel and Outlook."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I’m not a very skilled typist. I understand that I’ll have to use computers when booking inmates. I have been practicing typing faster and accurately at home. That way I can be the best I can be on the job."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Love this response! You have stayed away from an answer that would eliminate you from the competition, and focused on a skill that you are already working to improve. Perfect!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My weakness is that I always follow the rules in any workplace. I am the type of person who always follows training protocols, and I strictly adhere to rules and procedures. I always focus on what I have been trained to do."

      Rachelle's Answer

      I am having trouble understanding how following the rules could be a weakness. Perhaps you could further explain? Some recommendations if you'd like to revisit your approach: Genuine vulnerability is essential, but be sure to include what you are doing to improve on the weakness. The interviewer wants you to be honest about your weaknesses and, at the same time, they want to see that you are proactive and dedicated to professional growth. Here is a helpful framework that you could try: “I believe my biggest weakness is [X]. I do believe that [lift yourself up a bit by mentioning that you show potential in this area], however, I could be better in this area. To improve, I am [discuss the specific action steps you are taking to improve this weakness]. By [give a dedicated timeline], I plan to [mention the goal you wish to reach when it comes to improving this weakness].”

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  14. 14.

    Are you willing to work long hours, on a variety of different shifts, with a limited amount of notice?

      As a correction officer, you may be required to work sporadic, and long, shifts. Assure the interviewer that you are aware of this career requirement. It is absolutely okay to ask the interviewer about the schedule requirements in their facility.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am aware that long hours and a variety of shifts are par for the course with being a correction officer. In my current position my schedule will switch from day to night shifts and I usually work 12 hours per day. Could you share with me the average schedule here?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am willing to work any shifts required of me. I am fully dedicated to growing a successful career as a correction officer and will do what it takes to build a great reputation here."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, while working at my old job, we changed from twelve-hour shifts to eight-hour shifts, then to ten-hour shifts, and back to eight-hour shifts within 4four months. You have to be resilient to meet the needs of the position and the company."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Wow, that is a lot of change! How did you handle it, personally (again, staying away from 'You' statements)? I have offered a starter revision below.

      "Yes, I am willing to work long hours and varying shifts on limited notice. While working at (company name vs. old job), we changed from 12-hour shifts to 8-hour shifts, then to 10hr shifts and back to 8 hr shifts all within 4 months. I adapted and showed resilience because it was my job, and I needed to meet the needs of my employer."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, I'm a firm believer in doing stuff not everybody is willing to do because that's what's going to make the difference between me and someone else."

      Rachelle's Answer

      I like your dedication! I have cleaned up your response just a touch.

      "I am willing to work any shift needed, as I am a firm believer in doing the things that others are not willing to do. This trait is just one of the things that set me apart from others."

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  15. 15.

    How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

      The interviewer would like to know if you are satisfied with your interview performance. Be sure to show confidence in the areas that you know have gone well. If you need to clarify an answer, then you can certainly ask to do so!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "If you feel that your performance in the interview is not going well: "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best. If there is anything more that I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Well, I have never been good at interviews but I feel like the way life has prepared me for a career in corrections has helped me feel more confident."

      Rachelle's Answer

      I get the idea behind your response, but have massaged it just a bit.

      "I would rate my performance as an 8 out of 10. Although I have not attended many job interviews in the past, I believe my passion for corrections had shone through very well."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I feel like it has been going good so far, but my opinion doesn’t matter. The only opinion that matters today is the oral board, and I hope the 4 of you think it’s going good."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer is very honest which is good, however, it could be misinterpreted as avoidance. I have added a sample below.

      "I believe that this interview has been quite informative and I am happy with my performance. Is there anything that I can clarify for you from this conversation?"

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  16. 16.

    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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  17. 17.

    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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  18. 18.

    Competition is stiff for this position. Why should we hire you?

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  19. 19.

    Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to your career as a corrections officer.

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  20. 20.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

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  21. 21.

    If you saw another correctional officer doing something inappropriate, how would you handle the situation?

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  22. 22.

    Why are you the best suited person for this job?

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  23. 23.

    How would you address the issue of a subordinate who is consistently late for their shift?

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  24. 24.

    Tell me about a time when it was better to be agreeable in a situation, rather than continue the argument.

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  25. 25.

    Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond your job duties.

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  26. 26.

    What makes you angry?

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  27. 27.

    What role do you believe a correction officer plays in preventing contraband in the prison?

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  28. 28.

    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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  29. 29.

    Have you ever faced a company policy you disagreed with, but had to enforce anyway?

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  30. 30.

    Have you ever worked in a stressful environment? How did you handle it?

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