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Top 30 Correction Officer Interview Questions

What would you do if an officer next to you was engaged in a physical fight with an inmate?
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Question 2 of 30
Do you have a role model or mentor?
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"My role model is Tony Robbins. I listen to his podcast every morning because I find him motivating and I like his tougher approach. He's taught me the importance of grabbing life by the horns."
Having a mentor, or role model, shows the interviewer that you are open to gaining personal, and professional, growth.If you do not have a mentor, be prepared to discuss who you would choose as a mentor if you could. A mentor can be someone like a leader, motivational speaker, or pastor who you respect. Maybe you listen to a specific podcast or read a particular author's books for personal development. Whatever you choose, be sure to display to the interviewer that you are open to continued growth through mentorship.
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"You can answer this question in a more personal way if you wish: "My role model has always been my mother. She has such a level head and sticks to her decisions once they are made. She taught me everything I know about the importance of discipline and also enjoying life."
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"One of the most significant role models I have was my supervisor in the state facility which I was first hired. He took me under his wing and taught me best practices that I still implement. He did not bring an ego to work and treated the inmates with empathy and respect as much as possible. I still implement the methods he taught me."
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Question 3 of 30
Tell me about an experience where you successfully used de-escalation techniques in preventing a physical altercation.
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"Last month I had two inmates who were feuding. It came to a head at dinner one evening when I could see that the two groups had a lot of extra tension between them. I heard rumors from other inmates that a fight was to start that evening. I was sure to bring on additional officers, and we kept the inmates busy with conversation and a lot of unexpected movement. It worked as the fight never happened. We broke their routine which was enough to shake up their plan."
The interviewer would like to know more about your de-escalation techniques and your confidence when it comes to implementing them. Give an example of a time when you lead a de-escalation and how it was successful. Keep your answer brief but be sure to display that you are comfortable conducting this type of initiative.
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"Because I am new to this career I do not have a specific example; however, if I were to experience a potential threat like this I would be sure to follow the regulations and procedures put in place at this facility. Safety is incredibly important for both the officers and inmates and order must be kept at all times."
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"I have a few techniques at hand when it comes to de-escalating conflict. My current place of employment implemented an 8-step process that I follow. Listen, Acknowledge, Agree, Apologize, Clarification, Choices + Consequences, Sequence Questions, and Suggestibility. This is a method that I am well-versed in, and able to train as well."
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Question 4 of 30
Why do you want a position as a correction officer?
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"I was attracted to a career as a correction officer for a variety of reasons. My father was a correction officer and, as a child, I recall seeing him come home in his uniform and showing a sense of pride. His job was to protect. After I left the military, I decided that a career as a correction officer would be the most natural and positive transition for me."
The interviewer would like to understand why this career path interests you. If you have been a correction officer for many years, this can be a simple answer. If you are new to the career, then you can talk a little bit about what attracted you to the industry, to begin with.
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"I started my education in Criminology because I initially wanted to become a police officer. When I was in post-secondary studies, I learned more about the career path of a correction officer. I prefer the idea of working with inmates rather than being a street cop."
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"I have been a correction officer for six years now, and I love my job. Every day is a new challenge, and I feel like I am making a difference in the lives of others. This is a career path that I will be following for years to come."
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Question 5 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 6 of 30
What do you fear will be your potential weaknesses as a correction officer inside our prison?
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Question 7 of 30
Why are you the best suited person for this job?
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Question 8 of 30
If you saw another correctional officer doing something inappropriate, how would you handle the situation?
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Question 9 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 10 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 11 of 30
How do you get along with other correction officers?
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Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to your career as a corrections officer.
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Question 13 of 30
Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?
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Question 14 of 30
Competition is stiff for this position. Why should we hire you?
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Question 15 of 30
We conduct early-stage criminal background checks, credit checks, and drug tests on all of our candidates. Is there anything you would like to disclose at this time?
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Question 16 of 30
Corrections is ever-changing. We seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on law enforcement related current events?
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Question 17 of 30
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
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Question 18 of 30
Are you willing to work long hours, on a variety of different shifts, with a limited amount of notice?
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Question 19 of 30
How would you handle an inmate who constantly yelled at you and said extremely derogatory things to you?
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Question 20 of 30
Have you ever worked in a stressful environment? How did you handle it?
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Question 21 of 30
Have you ever faced a company policy you disagreed with, but had to enforce anyway?
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Question 22 of 30
Describe a situation in which you supervised a large group of individuals. What specific steps did you take to ensure that all individuals in your group completed scheduled activities?
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Question 23 of 30
What role do you believe a correction officer plays in preventing contraband in the prison?
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Question 24 of 30
Tell me about a time when you showed your superior officer that you are trustworthy, and responsible.
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Question 25 of 30
Do you have a problem with authority?
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Question 26 of 30
What makes you angry?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond your job duties.
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Question 28 of 30
Tell me about a time when it was better to be agreeable in a situation, rather than continue the argument.
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Question 29 of 30
How would you address the issue of a subordinate who is consistently late for their shift?
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Question 30 of 30
You must be physically fit to be a corrections officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?
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Question 1 of 30
What would you do if an officer next to you was engaged in a physical fight with an inmate?
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Call for more staff to come and help seperate the fight.
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If another officer was engaged in a fight with an inmate, I would call for back up if needed and try to protect him from the inmate.
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I would help the officer out and try and control the inmate.
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First call for additional help then help the officer engaged in the fight.
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Call for back up and break it up.
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I would stop enerything and help the officer until help arrives.
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Call for back up and help him.
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Use non lethal force on the inmate to get him separated from the officer and quickly subdue him.
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I would immediately begin communicating with the offender to take his hands off of the officer and stand down. I would call for back up. While I was in the process of communicating to the offender, I would assist my partner in restraining the inmate with the appropriate use of force. If the inmate continued to be uncompliant I would provide verbal warning and opportunity to become compliant, before increasing any use of force as well.
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Call for additional backup, and Help subdue the inmate.
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I will work according to the situation. First of all I will call for help and if it is safe to jump into the fight and separate them. Then I will do the same to separate them.
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Assist the officer, be ready to defend life.
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Try to help restrain the inmate and get it under control.
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Call for backup, try to subdue the inmate.
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I will call a back-up at the moment.
Question 2 of 30
Do you have a role model or mentor?
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My mom because she was able to raise three kids all on her own. She did whatever she could to keep us active and on the right path.
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My mother because sh has always taught me right from wrong.
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My father, My grandfathers and a lot of my family members.
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President Obama, Buddha and a friend nick named Chief.
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My father he came into America when he was 17 years old from Laos being Sponsored by my aunt who had her citizenship and he went to high school for a year and graduated for just being in America for about a year he is a hard worker and did everything he could to support me and my mom hes taught me a lot about hard work and responsibility earning your money the right legal way and dealing with racist people since there was so many where we lived hes kept me out of trouble I am very grateful to have him as a father.
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My Dad, the church pastor, our President, Governor, great leader of our country.
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My mother, she raised me to be a respectful and confident individual who I am today.
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My primary role models are my parents.
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My biggest role model is my mother. She is always doing for others and raised me and my sister without a father and rarely asked for help.
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I don't have one specific one, however, I very much look up to first responders. They are in a position to help people and risk their lives daily to do it. I respect the courage, integrity, heroism of all who serve. I've always found pleasure if helping people.
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My parents. I learned the importance of hard work, having a positive attitude, honesty and integrity are the keys to success.
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My mother and step father.
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A friend that's a retired police officer. Also my dad he showed me how to work hard and be a good family man.
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My father, he has been a correctional officer for quite some time and has always drilled honesty and to do the right thing in my head. Another role model would be my coworker Mark. He was in the military and told me his stories of his youth and taught to always question things, and to take charge for myself.
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Marion, she has been a single mother for a very long time and she is doing the best she can for her children. She owns a house, has a good steady job and I want to be like that. My mother, because she has been a single mother for a number of years too and never gave up on us. My grandmother, because she fought cancer with her hardest and is still alive with her husband, living happy. They are also the oldest couple in a small community.
Question 3 of 30
Tell me about an experience where you successfully used de-escalation techniques in preventing a physical altercation.
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At work to employees were in a verbal arguement. I seperated them both and listened to each of their side of the story for which they were disagreeing. We came to a conclusion in order to reslove the altercation.
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While in Afghanistan, and working with their police force, on multpile occasions I would have to assist in defusing a fight between two or three Afghan police officers. This was made even more difficult because it was through an interpretor.
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Between my friend and his girlfriend. I separated the two from each other an talked it out.
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I had a angry customer at shop and save once. I had to keep calm and listen to what the problem was so I could find a solution.
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A group of friends were at a gathering and a few of them got into a verbal altercation, I grabbed 1 friend and took them away from the area to talk to him and calm him down.
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When I worked as a juvenile correction officer I had one girl who left her laundry in the dryer against the rules. She was told to get it out but she had just started falling asleep for the night. She started throwing a fit and I knew it would escalate so I told her this one time she could leave it until morning but she had to get the clothes out first thing upon waking and if she ever left them again she would be written up. She instantly calmed down and never left them in the dryer again.
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Two clients were arguing at their work site I threatened that there job privaleges would be taken away.
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I once worked in a convient store and two of my customer were in an altercation so I inserted myself in the middle and broke the fight up.
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One of my battle buddies when I was in the army who was drunk when we were downtown drinking at a bar accidentally bumped into a guy while we were exiting the bar he immediately got angry and started cursing the guy out and the guy was angry as well they both got closer each other while clinching there fist til I got in between them and said this was all an accident lets be adults now and just walk away and have a good time I explained to the guy my buddy bumped into telling him that he was drunk and cannot walk to well he did not mean any harm while I call for our designated driver to come get us.
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I do remember that I was dealing with old age customer. A group of youngster were throwing nonsense jokes on him. I call my manager and explain the situation to him. We talk with that group softly and then call security to fix this matter.
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Lower my voice and speak calmly to minimize the anger.
12.
While witnessed an act of road rage, I was successful in talking to the individuals into a peaceful resolution.
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I applied my martial art.
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Two friends of mine were arguing over a woman that they were both romantically involved with. I persuaded them both that they should be concerned with the fact that she was cheating on both of them rather than attacking each other. It did not get rid of the underlying issue, but it de-escalated the current situation.
Question 4 of 30
Why do you want a position as a correction officer?
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I am interested in the criminal justice field. I want to help people and I believe in rehabilitation and reform. I need job security and want a career that challenges me and is not boring.
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Ive always wanted to work in law enforcement, good pay an excellent benefits, job security.
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I like the challenge, I like the job security it has, and it's very rewarding.
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I want a position as a correctional officer because I want to learn more about the criminal justice mind up close an personal. I have a strong sense of right and wrong, excellent interpersonal skills, wonderful observational skills and not afraid of enforcing rules. Also, I am a good team player who follows orders of the day and from my superiors. Not afraid of enforcing rules.
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I find the area of work fascinating. This is a career not a job with room to grow as an employee and also as a person.
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Because I worked for a short time with juveniles and I did a really good job. I enjoyed the job very much and found satisfaction in seeing my work help these girls in a positive manner.
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I like a challenge and I would like to be a part of helping the inmates get back on track.
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Because I think that its a great experience before I choose to futher my education in criminal justice.
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Same reason why I joined the military to serve my country by keeping inmates in line making sure there is order in the facility helping inmates who want to change for the better.
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It is a permanent job with no layoffs, pays great, offers promotions, it is a challenge to work, deal with those who have already been sentenced by the courts, the challenge of encouragement, being watchful in preventing and reporting any threats of violence, escapes, etc...
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I've always wanted to be in law enforcement, since I took the correctional course, i've had a few interviews and although I haven't been offered a position, i've still wanted to be one.
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I want to make the community a better place and do my part to attempt to make sure the offenders do not come back.
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I want to serve to my country.
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I've been interested in law enforcement since middle school, and this is an excellent opportunity for me to enter and get experience in the field.
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I love working in a place with structure and rules. I do well in areas that I feel are rewarding and working as a correctional officer can be very rewarding. I also want to be apart of taking crime off of the streets and rehabilitating those that have committed crimes.
Question 5 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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My names Donny, 24 years old, I've been a hard worker all my life. I grew up in law enforcement with my father being a state trooper. Being raised in that kind of life style has made me a outstanding citizen in all ways. I've done small amounts of self defense classes through family friends. I do have a pistol permit which is in the process of being accepted.
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I'm a very honest, respectful person, I'm very good in talking and dealing with all kinds of people.
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I am a hard worker with a passion in helping others. I work well under pressure and hold myself accountable for my actions. I am family oriented and love to be a positive role model for the younger ones in the family.
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I have been with my husband for 25 years and we have 4 daughters. I love the study of Buddhism and enjoy gardening and animal husbandry.
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I am originally from the south I was raised in Arkansas joined the Army right out of high school to serve my country and to have done something that is meaningful to me and something I can look back at in life and be proud of it and as well to help pay for my education I am a hard work I was a chicken farmer with my father and mother for Tyson Foods it was a hard labor job that constantly have us working out through the day into night I am a quick learner I learn on the go and adapt well to change I am easy going I get along with everybody I meet I have good communication skills I make sure I am being understood and also clarify with people if I am not fully understand what they are saying so there wont be no confusion later down the line of duty.
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I am a good American, enjoy taking a class or two to better myself, daily be aware, through current events, i. E. The news... Regarding my country U.S.A. And continuously look for ways to serve and protect it, I like learning about God's Word, how to treat and care about others, how to help my fellowman.
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Hard working, loyal, trustworthy. Have an attention to detail .
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I graduated Thiel College in 2012 with BA in psychology and BA in criminal justice. I played college all 4 years and held a leadership position as captain for 2 years. My family is my motivation. My father is a single father who did the best he could with what he had. My brother has been in and out of county jail and was what got me interested in corrections in the first place.
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I'm be able to work in a stress workplace environment.
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I am a calm, level-headed individual. I can work well under pressure, improvise on my feet, and I can roll insults and other verbal attacks off my shoulders. I enforce myself when it comes to work ethic and responsibility.
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I have 4 years of military experience and will be graduating in december with my associates in criminal justice. My goal for a few years now has been to be a corrections officer and to continue my education in the criminal justice program and continue to be apart of the rehabilitation process.
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I'm a good listener, which has helped me in the past gain rapport when dealing with difficult individuals. I'm very good at communicating and taking charge of a situation when it's necessary. I'm a calm and understanding person, which is beneficial when situations arise, as staying calm can de-escalate a situation or stop them from getting worse. I'm not afraid to be authoritative when the situation calls for it. I work well with others or alone. I have no issues with following the rules and enforcing them. I like to have fun, however, I know there's a time to have fun and there's a time to do your job.
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I graduated from the corrections academy in may 2014. I am a licensed EMT and I have several years of experience in corrections.
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First of all, I am a very hard worker. I like to be on time and give 100% at everything I do. I am very family orientated. I am very close to my friend and I would do anything for them. I am a very out doors person. I have a strong work ethic and very good at being a leader.
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I am 22 years old. I grew up with five other siblings, I enjoy learning new things, I am an excellent writer and lover of novels, I am very creative. I would not be what your typical 22 year old is as far as my hobbies I currently tinker with building a dollhouse, and am very hands on and creative as far as thinking outside of the box to put it together.
Question 6 of 30
What do you fear will be your potential weaknesses as a correction officer inside our prison?
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I think my biggest fear would be empathy cause we all get home sick when were away from our comfort zone for a period of time. I would focus on being firm fair and concistant and not let my guard down.
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I am afraid that I will actually care too much about my position only because I expect everyone to be as committed as me.
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I am a very caring person. Sometimes I tend to care too much and want to do everything I possibly can to help each individual.
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Possibly that the inmates do not respect me as an authority figure.
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My potential weakness not being there in time of need before is too late I am always alert but I fear that one day a officer might need my help but he is not in my reach before its too late same as I was deployed I fear what if my battle buddy is wounded and I can not get to him on time because I am taking heavy fire from the enemy.
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Being able to trust my fellow officer, until I see that he/she is not a threat to me, other fellow officers... For me to become strong in that area, I must see proof of trust.
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I feel communication is my weakness.
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I struggle with weaponry at this point and my small stature taken as weakness by the inmates and them trying to play off it.
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Perhaps my size, inmates may try to target me simply because I am smaller than the average officer.
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I am a very honest person and sometimes that can come off as rude. It is important to be respectful and to not cause confrontations even if it is unintentional.
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I tend to be a little impatient at times, which could come across as being pushy. However, that is not the case. I like things to get done when they're suppose to be.
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Empathy. But I will remain focused, firm and fair to all.
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I do not have a fear of any weaknesses.
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Id like to think I have very little weaknesses. Yes, their are somethings I am not perfect at but I try hard to improve them every day. One of my weaknesses is public speaking, I just find it difficult and it makes me nervous. But I have done it in the past and did a good job.
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I think not having a fear for the work would be a potential weakness, I think having a general fear is great for awareness I dont mean I am terrified but I think always having the what if and always looking at a bigger picture than up close when piecing things together in the back of your mind is a beneficial thing to have if that means it stems from a small thing of fear then so be it. I do not want to lose the fear factor of things can change in an instant.
Question 7 of 30
Why are you the best suited person for this job?
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Well besided the fact that I have a lot of experience and training I feel that I have the skills and qualifications that your looking for. My dedication to duty, integrity, trustworthiness, realiability and devotion are what I belive will set me apart from the rest and makes me the best suited candidate for the position.
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I am a hard worker and I have great communication skills. I am dependable and consider myself to have good judgement, which allows me to be fair and firm when it comes to conflict resolution.
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Well, I have all of the skills and experience that youíre looking for and Iím confident that I would be a superstar in this project management role.
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Because I an a very positive individual, I can do the job, and I always wanted to do something in law enforcement.
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I have strong communication skills and am very personable. I can read body language and group behavior well. I work well with others and obey those ahead of me.
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I have an associates degree and spent two solid years learning about criminology from some of the best professors. I can handle stressful situations very well and solve problems all while deescalating the situation.
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I have a strong work ethic from the military I follow core values that have stuck on to me from the military such as loyalty selfless service integrity leadership I am reliable I take directives well and I and I can be a strong leader when need be.
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I am best suited for this job because I am disciplined, will listen to and obey my superiors, asks questions if there is something that I do not understand, desire to promote in this job, am able to make good decisions during any emergency.
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I' m a hard worker, loyal, confident, trustworthy, intelligent and a great attention to detail and I effective communicate with others.
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I have the experience within a Correctional Institute on my side and want to continue with this department until I retire. I am fully committed to the DOC and ready to begin my career and move up and show both this department and myself how far I can go.
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Because I be able to follow the rules.
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Passion. Ever since grade school, I have had an incredible drive to pursue a career in law enforcement. I believe that I can perform any task that is set upon me to the best of my ability, and I can constantly improve.
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I believe that my skills would make me an asset to Correctional Service of Canada. I am able to communicate effectively and have great listening skills. I am compassionate, sympathetic, but also authoritative. I have no issues with following the rules and enforcing them. I am able to remain calm in any situation, which is beneficial when a serious/life-threatening situation arises. I work great with other people or alone. I am responsible and trustworthy and would take my job seriously.
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Because im reliable and dependable. And I bring experience and determination.
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My work and life experience. I am best suited for this position.
Question 8 of 30
If you saw another correctional officer doing something inappropriate, how would you handle the situation?
Question 9 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
Question 10 of 30
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
Question 11 of 30
How do you get along with other correction officers?
Question 12 of 30
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to your career as a corrections officer.
Question 13 of 30
Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?
Question 14 of 30
Competition is stiff for this position. Why should we hire you?
Question 15 of 30
We conduct early-stage criminal background checks, credit checks, and drug tests on all of our candidates. Is there anything you would like to disclose at this time?
Question 16 of 30
Corrections is ever-changing. We seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on law enforcement related current events?
Question 17 of 30
How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
Question 18 of 30
Are you willing to work long hours, on a variety of different shifts, with a limited amount of notice?
Question 19 of 30
How would you handle an inmate who constantly yelled at you and said extremely derogatory things to you?
Question 20 of 30
Have you ever worked in a stressful environment? How did you handle it?
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Yes I have and I remain calm, focused and ready for anything.
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Yes, my job that I am at now can be stressful. For example if we are short on staff and we get busy, you really have to be able to multi-task and take control to keep the shift afloat.
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Yes, I had moments like that at work, but I would take a deep breath and just tell my self to take it slow.. Put everything in order.
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Yes, My current job has job deadlines that we need to meet regularly. During the times when its close to the end date work is very stressful on everyone. I make sure that everyone on our team is understanding of how we can still be efficient and make sure we meet out goals.
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Yes, I stayed calm and took it minute by minute. When I came home I often meditated to relax.
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Basic training was a stressful environment til I adapt to it when I was in Afghanistan doing patrols through villages looking for Improvised explosive devices that have been known to be in the village we are patrolling was stressful not knowing when one would go off on you as well as capturing high value targets knowing things can get chaotic in a few seconds.
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Yes, I have worked in a stressful environment. I handled it through regular exercise, eating healthy and sleeping the amount of hours that my body requires, sought counseling if need be.
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Whenever I get stressed, I take a breather, small walk cool my head and continue on.
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Yes, SCI Albion and SCI Mercer. Make sure to make time for myself and not to take the stress of the position home with me.
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Yes. I will follow the rules.
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I currently work in a potentially stressful environment every day I go into work. One moment I'm filing accident reports, and then I am pressing gauze down on a dismembered finger to slow the bleeding. I have to be calm, cool, and collect for my co-workers, myself, and the people we are assisting.
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I had a very difficult supervisor, which made work and even home life stressful. If something happened on your shift that she didn't like, she would call you at home and give you a blast. When I would approach her about Health and Safety concerns (I was Health and Safety Officer), she wouldn't pay much attention to it. If we were sick and had to call in, she would lay into us for it. My colleagues and I were always being belittle and getting yelled at. After years of enduring this type of behaviour, I approached my district manager and informed him about what was going on. My colleagues had brought it to his attention before and nothing was done about it. I informed him that some type of action needed to be taken, as there were a few guards, including myself, who were about to quit because of it. An investigation was conducted and my supervisor was removed. We received an apology for what we had to endure and was guaranteed that type of behaviour would not happen again.
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Yes. I had no problems. I dont lose my cool easily.
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Yes, I am a sheriff officer. Sometimes you can have a stressful matter in court. You just can take in personal. You cant be afraid to discuss it with you supervisor if something is bothering you.
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Yes with a great group but had a couple of poeople that sexually harassed people, including myself saying they slept with everyone or made comments about their figures. I went to HR when it was absurd at times other than that I ignored them and they stopped.
Question 21 of 30
Have you ever faced a company policy you disagreed with, but had to enforce anyway?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes I have, I was working at a hospital as a security officer and the hospital came out with a no smoking on campus policy which I had to enforce. As a smoker I did not agree with the policy but as part of my duties I had to enforce the rules and regulations and enforce policies and procedures.
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No, the rules that are set in place are considerably fair and makes sense.
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Close company and did all the unfinished work while more work was coming in.
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Yes. My former employer had a room that the kids had to go into as punishment if they acted up. The room was like a small closet with nothing in it and it locked. I didn't feel it was right but had to enforce it any way.
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Have not yet faced a policy I disagreed with also I haven't been employed by many companies since the army was the longest job I have had since coming out of high school.
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Oh yes, continued to secure the main entrance... I did not agree with the policy, i. E., using a chain which really would not prevent an intruder to enter, but was able to change it when explaining why to the company's security personnel.
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Yes the policy the all damaged product had to be destroyed, I understand it as a deterrent to breaking things to get discounts and enforce it fully.
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Yes, the TCU II is the 12 months prior to incarceration and when evaluating the parole violators that is not a good frame of time. It should be the entire time they are on parole.
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Yes. I work in a HR office, and we occasionally have to fire employees for leaving during a shift even in the event of emergencies. This is not a normal thing, but it does happen when we are short on workers for the lines.
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There was a policy about uniforms that I didn't completely agree with. We were required to wear a tie at the college. It was just a clip on, however, safety concerns about the ties arose. A colleague of mine, during an interaction with a very upset and intoxicated male, had his tie ripped off. Had that male decided to use it was a weapon, my colleague could have gotten seriously hurt. However, because it was a policy, when I was shift leader, I had to enforce it. If a guard came in not wearing it, I would make him/her put it on and then explain the policy to him/her.
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No. I always try to find the right and reason with the policy and just know that there is a reason for the policy.
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No I havent. Policy's are in place for a reason. They have to be followed so at the end of the day everyone goes home safe.
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When I was in college, I started seeing this guy who I stayed in the same residence with. Women and men were in different floors, so no visiting after the hours at 2200. It was really hard during the weekends because I would want to spend the night with him, but it was the policy anyways. If I didn't wanted to get into trouble, than it was it.
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Yes, transferring male offender alone with a driver as there was shortage of officials.
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Rr, all of the new safty protocals. You follow them if you want to keep your job even though you get pressure from theoler empoloyees to do things faster.
Question 22 of 30
Describe a situation in which you supervised a large group of individuals. What specific steps did you take to ensure that all individuals in your group completed scheduled activities?
User-Submitted Answers
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I am a manager at my current job and we are always giving out cleaning jobs to the associates. Anytime I am the manager on duty I follow up with the associates to ensure that their regular daily tasks are efficiently completed as well as their cleaning jobs.
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At a young age I was a crew leader for our lawn crew. I held the responsibilities of ensuring all equipment was returned and cleaned properly after the days use and made sure all the paperwork had been filled out correctly for each job site we worked. Also was the driver of the truck and trailer that hauled all the equipment and coworkers.
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I not only I was charge of my squad since the squad leaders had a meeting with the first Sargent I was in charge of another squad since their team leader was absence for the day I made sure we did a training session so everybody can brush up on the skills they need to do for there position in that squad.
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I maintain a professional attitude, use encouragement and explain why the type of action is to be completed, try to be fair with each one in the group, listen to their concerns, offer to bring up the issues to my superiors.
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While supervisor in a lumberyard, I had tasked several workers to different jobs. After talking to them and assigning the jobs, I them went to the different people and spoke individually and ensured what I wanted was completed.
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Everyday in group. Just being attentive to each inmates individual needs and assisting as needed.
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On the nights that we serve food to the different lines at MTD, we will cook hamburgers or BBQ and serve it to them during lunch break. We have to make sure that everyone is getting the same amount before people can come back for seconds, to ensure that everyone has enough and we do not run out.
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When I was President of my local community policing organization, I was responsible for supervising special events, etc.. We held an annual golf tournament to help support the OPP DARE program. That would take months to plan. I put members into groups of two and gave them tasks to complete. One task was to collect donations. I was in touch with members weekly to get updates on how the donation collection was going. Before the event, I would have everyone involved meet at our office and double check things to make sure we had everything we needed. I made myself available for anyone who may have needed help or questions. The golf tournament was a huge success and we managed to raise a lot of money for the DARE program.
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Supervised 100+ inmates. I assigned each individual a task and a time frame and I constantly checked on them to make sure it was being completed.
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Break down sections of the activities quickly in my head and the people, and align them up to corresponding spots and time frames, for the most part of doing routine I have a pretty accurate time frame of how long each step would take myself and then add a bit more time to each person as every individual is different. And Ill jump in along the way and see how they are doing and direct onto the next step. I prefer to tackle the most daunting tasks first personally because once you get over the hump its all smooth sailing for the most part from there and its less daunting for people when you break it down into steps so it seems more attainable.
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I made sure that I asked all the guys who were asked to do programs to attend the program. I have never been assigned to do activities with them. Just another person looking for guys who had to go.
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Motivation and support system through being part of the team to complete the tasks.
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While at mhus, I had 2 employees you nder me, during a heavy work weeer, I would have to make sure that they had completed therer routes in a timely manner with no mistakes, and send the work off. I would break tehm into smaller groups and keep in constant communications with each group leader.
Question 23 of 30
What role do you believe a correction officer plays in preventing contraband in the prison?
User-Submitted Answers
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They play a big role since they have to perform searches ans are in charge of seizing any illegal items.
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A very positive one, they are always keeping in mind the situation that the inmates are in, and always making sure that they keep up with them.
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The correctional officer in my opinion has to be alert at all times and aware of his/her surroundings. Patting down inmates would be a necessity if the officer feels that the inmate has any kind of weapon or contraband.
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It is the officers job to continuously check for contraband and to keep it out of the jail.
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Searching inmates cells as well as patting down the inmates.
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The role is serious, very serious... continuous observation, who, what, when, where, how... Pat search the inmates' persons, regular cell searches, know those inmates under your supervision; being observant of prisoners' visitors, conducting the appropriate searches as instructed in our rule book, reporting to higher authority any suspicious activities...
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They are the front line, they see every individual and can ascertain if they are bringing or have contraband.
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They are the front line with it. Keeping their eyes and ears open at all times to what the inmates say and how they are acting.
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I see the officers playing a direct role in preventing it from entering the facility. As far as I can tell, the only way that contraband could enter the prison is if an officer or staff brought it inside.
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Correctional Officers play a big role in preventing contraband from getting into the prison. They are responsible for searching people coming into the prison, conducting searches of cells and common areas. Punishing those who bring contraband into the prison or who have it concealed.
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A major role. Sadly and unfortunately most times it is the officer that smuggles in the contraband.
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The correction officer plays roles of detective, listener, verbally encouraging to do the right thing, and show through their work their work and ethic that honesty and integrity will prevail and contraband is not the way to go.
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Make sure you do a good search. Make sure that you pat them down good. Strip search them, let them do the main routine that they should do.
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Outside of the facillity itsself they are the number one deterant. I havea brother in law who is a co who currently has an inncodent where a fellow co brought in contraband to an inmate and it resulted in an inncodent. So I hwould have zero tolerance for any \co who did this.
Question 24 of 30
Tell me about a time when you showed your superior officer that you are trustworthy, and responsible.
User-Submitted Answers
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I was chosen by my area and district supervisor to go and train 30 employees inorder to open another store in a different town. I was away from my home store for almost 3 months, but once the store was up and running and the employess were trained I returned to my home store with a raise and a new job title.
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When I was left alone at my job, my boss had to be out for a couple of hours, and I had to run the business all on my own.
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During a previous job I had responsibilities of being the head of a crew at a young age. With the responsibility of being in charge of making sure jobs were done in a timely manner and that customers were getting charged the correct amount showed that I was both trustworthy and responsible.
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My neighbor asked me to watch her 2 sons with down syndrome while she had to go out of state for a funeral.
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When my platoon Sargent wanted me to draw out all my squads weapons under my name meaning I am accounted for all there weapons to take the weapons squad out back in the field to train them on dead gunner drills and after that was done he will ask the weapons squad questions about the dead gunners drill making sure I have taught them what they need to know about the drill.
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I showed great trustworthy and responsibility when a famous person would arrive to visit prisoners, informed to not allow anyone without clearance first, to be extra cautious regarding trusties (inmates) at the front gate, in the middle of media people and excited visitors, be extra careful to not jeopardize the security of the institution.
7.
While working in an hardware store, I was chosen to be given the key to the facility to be able to open the doors and be able to enter when there were no supervisors around.
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When I was interviewing to transfer here. I talked to both the deputy, CCPM and my boss before going to the interview to be sure they knew what was going on with me and wanted their seal of approval before I did any of this.
9.
When I involve in a situation of corruption.
10.
Even thought my current job description doesn't require me to assist with these events, when people are injured at MTD, I normally step in to help where I can. This happens frequently.
11.
While working a weekend shift, my supervisor brought in a couple of new guards for me to train. I was the senior officer and therefore in charge of the security on campus. While training the new guards, I was also responsible for making sure all the weekend duties were conducted, as well as any issues that may arise with students or members of the public were handled appropriately. I made sure that the new guards knew where all the emergency and SOP books were and to refer to them if they weren't sure about something. While manning the front desk, I would have the guards do interior and exterior patrols so that they could get a feel for the college and know where things were. There were no issues that weekend and my supervisor was very pleased with the way I had handled things.
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By handling confidential information about an inmate.
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When I became a supervisor with the sheriff office. I showed I can be responsible and trustworthy. I was outstanding at putting in time and responsible for two other deputies. I had to make sure they are safe when doing a job.
14.
My coworker came up telling me something that my boss had said to her that was wildly inappropriate and sounded like a rumor, I went and confronted my boss about it.
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Trustworthy. It was when you see a stranger and give them what they have lost, or the cashier missed something that they didn't scan. Responsibility, is when I would try my hardest to stay working and being with my kid as much as I could. It is not an easy job to be responsible, but it shows at some points to it when you do things differently.
Question 25 of 30
Do you have a problem with authority?
User-Submitted Answers
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Not at all. I have been a manager for almost 9 years. I am a leader and I like to take control.
2.
Not at all. I respect it.
3.
No, I respect authority and obey any orders given to me from someone higher up.
4.
I have nothing but respect for them.
5.
I never have a problem with authority because I know that they big responsibility. If a police officer tells me to do something, i. E. Traffic stop. I do what he/she instructs me to do. I try to look at the good in those who have authority, know they are trying to do their job to the best of their ability.
6.
No problem, ive never been in trouble, no criminal record.
7.
No. Authority is in place for a reason.
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No, I believe it is necessary in most situations, especially a prison.
9.
I have no issue with authority. I am able to take orders and enforce the rules. I respect authority figures and am able to be authoritative when necessary.
10.
No. I have always respected and followed authority.
Question 26 of 30
What makes you angry?
User-Submitted Answers
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I am a hardworker, so when I see others not working as hard as me, I tend to get angry.
2.
When someone disrespect me.
3.
I don't like to see people not being held accountable for their actions. I feel if you do the crime you do the time.
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Seeing people who aren't loyal and honest people who lie to get ahead in their career who talk down on people to others to make themselves look better.
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I get very angry when I hear abuse, physical violence on the news, regarding a helpless animal, infants and children, the elderly... Angry when our leaders are not respected.
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I get angry when I am tired and kids doesn't want to listen to get the chores done that need to be completed.
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Dishonesty. No motivation for change.
8.
When someone disrespects a woman in front of me.
9.
It takes a lot to get me angry, but some things are ignorance, racism, disrespect and harassment. I believe there is no room for that in the workplace.
10.
It takes alot to make me angry and when I do, I am very good at controlling my anger so that it isnt an issue.
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Not much, I am a pretty easy going person I honestly do not get mad much and when I do I always come back the next day as if it were new.
12.
People who chew food with their mouths open.
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People who work and stay within the box.
14.
Things I cant control, people who are inconsiterate, and selfishness.
Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond your job duties.
User-Submitted Answers
1.
This usually occurs on a daily basis. I am a team player and I always help my fellow employees whenever I see they are struggling.
2.
At my current place of employment I have been working with my supervisor to help simplify our computer screens. I have stayed late and have trained other employees on the new screens and helped save the company time and money.
3.
I often worked double shifts when co workers could not make it in for their shifts.
4.
There was a time I trained new soldiers on combat life saving skills even though medics are suppose to train and set up a class for that I helped the new soldiers get a head start on what to know when the combat life saving course comes up they can already be ready to pass the course and help pass the knowledge down to others as they progress into their Army career.
5.
When my shift was over, time for me to go home; instead, I stayed over because I wanted the new officer to feel safe, shared walked him/her with important security tips... Because I noticed a little fear prior to leaving for home.
6.
While a customer was in the store I was working, they had loaded up some product in their truck on a stormy winters day, and was going to leave. On the way out I stopped them and jumped into their truck and tied down their product and secured to their truck.
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Finding supplemental things to make sure the inmates fully understand the steps it takes to sobriety and recovery.
8.
One night we had a woman stop breathing in the middle of the office, she collapsed on the floor and went limp. Everyone was trying to call 9-11, and I got down and began CPR. Nothing in my job description mandates that I'm required to do that, but there is simply a moral implication there as a person who knows CPR and someone just passed out in front of you and stopped breathing.
9.
I was called to a residence where a female was very upset and intoxicated. She didn't want to speak to anyone and would just get upset when someone tried to speak to her. I approached her with a sympathetic tone, just asking questions like "are you okay", "what seems to be the problem". I wasn't judgmental at all. My calmness and sympathetic tone, was what got her to start talking to me. She asked if she could speak to me alone. I sat down with her and we spoke for about half an hour. My job required me to call the police because of how intoxicated and upset she was, so my colleague had done so. By the time the police arrived, I had managed to get her calmed down and instead of them taking her away, they let her go to bed and sleep it off. The next day, she came into my office and thanked me for being so nice and talking to her.
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Several times when I had to complete a report. The supervisor told me I could just finish it the next day but I always wanted to stay and finish it after my shift even though I wasnt getting compensated for it.
11.
A sick guy can to court one day. I asked him how he was doing he said not well and looked like he haven't eaten in days. I have him my lunch.
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Constantly between helping loss people by taking my time to personally walk them to where they need to be, to dropping my plans on a whim to stay late due to low staffing.
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I don't think I have ever went above and beyond my job duties... But what I would do is, it is really okay to do it, because the supervisor asked me to do it. If I didn't want to do it because it was uncomfortable for me, I would ask another officer to do it for me of what was asked for.
14.
Starting my day as early as 4 in the morning and leave the office after hours in order to capture budget and allocate it accordingly.
15.
Tig, helping older cx with there bell, going to jobs that were not on my board to get their tv working.
Question 28 of 30
Tell me about a time when it was better to be agreeable in a situation, rather than continue the argument.
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Sometimes the customers feel like they know your job better than you. You really just have to smile and give them what they want inoder for them to leave satisfied.
2.
With my husband, when he feels that he didn't do anything wrong.
3.
I was working as a delivery driver awhile ago and a customer was getting verbally aggressive about the amount of time it took to get his food. He demanded that he wasn't going to pay for his food and that he was going to get it for free. I told him I couldn't give it to him free but that I could take a percentage off of the order. He refused to take the compromise and became even more enraged so I ultimately gave him free food.
4.
Any time the argument is about something from the past. There is no sense in arguing over something that you cant go back and change, its better to go forward and make sure you learn from your mistakes.
5.
When my platoon Sargent assigned us online assessments to be done on our own time but my platoon was trying to get them done during work hours when we had finished all our task for the day but are platoon Sargent did not want us doing it during work hours so since he out ranked us we followed is orders.
6.
When an officer is not making sense, i. E. Will free a notorious inmate and write a book, to become famous... I will pretend to be agreeable, but will report this as soon as possible to higher authority.
7.
While working as an employee at a hardware store, a customer argued over the service, and since I was witness I saw it reasonable to not argue with the customer eve thought the customer was wrong.
8.
Anytime the situation doesn't call for an argument. There is no point in escalating a situation that doesn't need escalated.
9.
Nearly every time I have ever argued with my father. Even if you know you are right, sometimes its more efficient to let the other person get the last word.
10.
While working Security at a community college, my colleague and I were on patrol when we encountered a couple of people drinking. There was a rule that students could have their alcohol outside as long as it was in a plastic cup, but it was up to the discretion of security. My colleague was making the students dump their alcohol for having it outside. I took my colleague aside and informed her that they were allowed to have it outside as it was in red solo cups and they were behaving themselves. She didn't agree with that and continued to get them to dump it. She was the shift leader and in charge, and because it was up to our discretion, I didn't argue with her about it.
11.
When it came to cleaning the pod area.
12.
Me and my friend was arguing about something. Both arguments were acceptable but I knew he would accept mine so I just agreed.
13.
I'm not sure if this qualifies but we ran out of mop heads for the operating rooms and my boss told me to put a dirty mop head back on a stick for use the next day in surgery. I told him I felt uncomfortable with that, he told me he'd take the blame. I went against his wishes and did not and left a note saying we ran out. I was not about to put a contaminated item filled with bacteria from who knows what surgery back on there for use to put someone at risk. I told my boss that the next day I went against his wishes. Patient safety comes first no matter what.
14.
Whenever that would happen to me, I would just say okay, rather then trying to prove them wrong. Because I wouldn't want to escalate the argument rather than being the pumper in the situation.
15.
When my head was rotating me in any given time he want.
Question 29 of 30
How would you address the issue of a subordinate who is consistently late for their shift?
Question 30 of 30
You must be physically fit to be a corrections officer. What have you done to physically train yourself for this position?

About Correction Officer

August 17th, 2017

Correction officers monitor individuals who have been sentenced to serve time in jail or who have been arrested and are waiting for their trial. Besides counseling and rehabilitating prisoners, correctional officers also inspect facilities periodically to ensure that all safety and security standards are met.
A high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum qualification required for this job. In addition, correction officers have to go through a training academy to learn the practical aspects of the job. Correction officers must have good judgment and must have excellent self-discipline, physical strength, and negotiating skills.
Expect to go through a rigorous interview. The interviewer will want to ensure that you are the right candidate for the job and will ask you about your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to this role. Are you a good judge of character? Do you have the necessary self-discipline so you can be a role-model the individuals you are in charge of? To gauge your ability to handle challenging situations, which are the norm in this job, the interviewer may provide you with a mock scenario and ask you how you would handle it. Your answer will play a key role in whether or not you get hired as a correction officer. You can find several more questions at Mock Questions. Go through them and spend some time thinking about how you will answer them. The more compelling your replies, the higher the chances of getting hired.

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