Correction Officer Interview Questions

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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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List of 30 Correction Officer Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

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

  2. 2.

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

  3. 3.

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

  4. 4.

    Why do you want a position as a correction officer?

  5. 5.

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

  6. 6.

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

  7. 7.

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

  8. 8.

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

  9. 9.

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

  10. 10.

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

  11. 11.

    Do you have a role model or mentor?

  12. 12.

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

  13. 13.

    Tell me about yourself.

  14. 14.

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

  15. 15.

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

  16. 16.

    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?

  17. 17.

    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?

  18. 18.

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

  19. 19.

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

  20. 20.

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

  21. 21.

    Why are you the best suited person for this job?

  22. 22.

    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?

  23. 23.

    Do you have a problem with authority?

  24. 24.

    What makes you angry?

  25. 25.

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

  26. 26.

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

  27. 27.

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

  28. 28.

    What are your salary expectations?

  29. 29.

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

  30. 30.

    How do you get along with other correction officers?