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

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

      Avoid choosing critical job-related skills as your weaknesses. You want to be honest about what you feel your weaknesses are, but you do not want to make it sound as though you are not a good fit for the role. For instance, saying, 'I've been told I am not a strong communicator,' would talk you out of a job immediately.

      Choose to discuss some weaker areas that are easy for you to start improving on right away. Be sure to mention how you are improving on these weaknesses, as well.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I do not fear that my weaknesses would make me a poor fit as a correction officer, but I do know what areas I would benefit from working on. Personally, I am working on my ability to completely let the emotions of my day go when I arrive home. This way I will always come back to work feeling refreshed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I just recently completed my education in criminal justice and am happy with the knowledge that I gained. One thing my training did not cover was a lot of technical skills. I would like to have stronger computer skills, so I recently enrolled in a 6-week evening course on Excel and Outlook."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I'm very good at getting inmates to comply. A lot of the time, I can de-escalate the situation before it gets physical. But I'm not as experienced in dealing with inmates once the situation gets escalated into a physical altercation. I'm taking martial arts classes now to help me learn how to contain the inmate without causing injury."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I’m not a very skilled typist. I understand that I’ll have to use computers when booking inmates. I have been practicing typing faster and accurately at home. That way I can be the best I can be on the job."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Love this response! You have stayed away from an answer that would eliminate you from the competition, and focused on a skill that you are already working to improve. Perfect!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My weakness is that I always follow the rules in any workplace. I am the type of person who always follows training protocols, and I strictly adhere to rules and procedures. I always focus on what I have been trained to do."

      Rachelle's Answer

      I am having trouble understanding how following the rules could be a weakness. Perhaps you could further explain? Some recommendations if you'd like to revisit your approach: Genuine vulnerability is essential, but be sure to include what you are doing to improve on the weakness. The interviewer wants you to be honest about your weaknesses and, at the same time, they want to see that you are proactive and dedicated to professional growth. Here is a helpful framework that you could try: “I believe my biggest weakness is [X]. I do believe that [lift yourself up a bit by mentioning that you show potential in this area], however, I could be better in this area. To improve, I am [discuss the specific action steps you are taking to improve this weakness]. By [give a dedicated timeline], I plan to [mention the goal you wish to reach when it comes to improving this weakness].”

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