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Correctional Officer Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Correctional Officer interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

Correctional Officer was written by and updated on February 10th, 2022. Learn more here.

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Competition is stiff for this position. Why should we hire you?

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List of 40 Correctional Officer Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    Competition is stiff for this position. Why should we hire you?

  2. 2.

    Have you ever worked in a stressful environment? How did you handle it?

  3. 3.

    Do you have a role model or mentor?

  4. 4.

    Tell me about yourself.

  5. 5.

    Tell me about a time it was better to be agreeable in a situation rather than continue the argument.

  6. 6.

    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?

  7. 7.

    How would you address the issue of a subordinate who is consistently late for their shift?

  8. 8.

    If you saw another correctional officer doing something inappropriate, how would you handle the situation?

  9. 9.

    Do you have a problem with authority?

  10. 10.

    Whether you were caught or not, have you ever committed a crime?

  11. 11.

    Why do you want a position as a correction officer?

  12. 12.

    What would you do if an officer next to you was engaged in a physical fight with an inmate?

  13. 13.

    Tell me about a time you showed your superior officer that you are trustworthy and responsible.

  14. 14.

    Have you ever faced a company policy you disagreed with but had to enforce anyway?

  15. 15.

    Why are you the best suited person for this job?

  16. 16.

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

  17. 17.

    Tell me about an experience where you successfully used de-escalation techniques to prevent a physical altercation.

  18. 18.

    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?

  19. 19.

    What role do you believe a correction officer plays in preventing contraband in the prison?

  20. 20.

    What makes you angry?

  21. 21.

    Tell me about a time you went above and beyond your job duties.

  22. 22.

    How would you handle an inmate who constantly yelled at you and said extremely derogatory things to you?

  23. 23.

    Are you willing to work long hours, on a variety of different shifts, with limited notice?

  24. 24.

    What are your salary expectations?