Correction Officer Interview

30 Correction Officer Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
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Tell me about yourself.

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  1. 1.

    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!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a calm and quiet leader, with excellent communication skills. Even though I am quiet, I can motivate my team and keep morale high within the prison."

      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: To Answer: Tell Me About Yourself/

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