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30 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on September 20th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
How would you react if you felt that you were in physical danger on the job?
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How to Answer
There are many reports in the news of security guards being placed in danger or experiencing situations of aggravated assault. The interviewer would like to know that you are fully prepared to face these potential risks. Show confidence in your training. Let the interviewer know that you would lean on your training and knowledge should you be placed in a situation where you felt physically threatened. If you are new to your career as a security officer, this is a great time to ask about the training you will receive with this company. Show that you are confident in your ability to react professionally in all situations.

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Question 2 of 30
Does stress and pressure ever get the best of you?
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A skilled security guard should always exude confidence and never crack under pressure. You may come across situations that raise your blood pressure, and the interviewer needs to know that you will continue to perform your job as expected, even under stress. If possible, talk about a time when you were under immense stress and pressure and were able to come out on top. Show the hiring authority that you can remain calm, relaxed, and collected even when facing a challenge.

Question 3 of 30
Walk me through your education and how it relates to the work of a security guard.
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The hiring authority would like for you to bring your education to life for them, pointing out exactly where your education and training will benefit you in a security guard role. There are many top skills that a security guard should have, and many of these are transferable regardless of your educational focus. For instance, a security guard should feel confident and prepared. They should be quick to think and take action. They should have a strong moral compass, be rational, and act as a leader at all times. Talk about the ways that your education has prepared you for the role of a security guard.

Question 4 of 30
We require that all security personnel undergo full background checks. Are you willing to comply?
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Most security jobs will require you to have a clean criminal record. At the very least, you should not have a felony on your record for which you have not received a pardon. Some security guard roles require the use of weapons and even arms. Others may require you to operate a vehicle. For these reasons, your security checks will vary from company to company. If you have a mark on your criminal record, driving record, or believe that you will not pass drug tests, you need to be honest with the interviewer.

Question 5 of 30
As a security guard, which task do you enjoy the most? Which task do you enjoy the least?
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The hiring authority wants to picture you in this role and, part of doing so is determining whether or not you will enjoy the daily tasks and responsibilities given to you. There is a significant range of security work, so be sure to have a full understanding of the company's needs and expectations.

The key to answering this question is to remain positive. Avoid jumping into a list of things you 'hate' doing. This type of response will lead the interviewer to think negatively of your work ethic and ambition. Discuss what you enjoy least but follow this up with what you do to make the tasks more enjoyable.

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Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 03/13/2014
Last modified on: 09/20/2019

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