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30 Correction Officer Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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Tell me about a time when you showed your superior officer that you are trustworthy, and responsible.

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  1. 1.

    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."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "One time, I caught an inmate smuggling contraband by hiding objects under a loose tile. The cameras didn't cover this area. The inmate observed that I saw him and approached me and offered me a substantial bribe to turn a blind eye. I told the inmate that I would think about it and immediately reported to the captain."

      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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