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30 Correction Officer Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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Are you willing to work long hours, on a variety of different shifts, with a limited amount of notice?

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  1. 1.

    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."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a seasoned correction officer, I am fully aware of the hours required in this line of work. Currently, I am available for most shifts except for Sunday's. I coach my son's hockey team and so this day is off-limits to me. Will this work with your expectations?"

      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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