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30 Correction Officer Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.

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What are your salary expectations?

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    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?"

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am currently making $60K per year and look to grow in my career and level of responsibilities. A satisfactory salary range for me is $65-70K/year. What are you offering for this position?"

      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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