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How do you keep focused during your shifts?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Security Manager interview

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Depending on the time of day, problems or distractions that could occur that might distract you. How do you respond? There are many different ways you can stay focused on the task at hand. Some people find maintaining a calendar or a schedule helpful. Others give themselves breaks every couple of hours so that they can move around and relax. What are some tools that help you stay focused?
Answer example
"Studies in cognitive science say that human beings can only maintain vigilance every twenty minutes. So I take very short breaks every twenty minutes to refresh myself. If I'm in charge of a fixed post, I make sure that I keep the blood flowing by stretching or doing other small discreet exercises. I also keep checklists of everything that's important, so that I don't have to remember things, and especially because human memory is prone to error during stressful situations."

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How do you keep focused during your shifts?
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Evaluate your workload and plan as to how to go about and also set time for each of the job.
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I am very alert during my shift also sleep good eat good securing good.
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By keeping myself busy all the time.
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Evaluate workload and plan as to how to go about and set time for each of the job.
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Evaluate workload and plan as to how to go about and set time for each of the job.
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Evaluate workload and plan as to how to go about and also set the time for each of the job.
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By patrolling and dealing with all incidents in time.
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Keeping focused is knowing what I plan on doing as soon as I walk out my door, and my commute to my office or destination. Creating tasks, managing a calendar for important issues, will carry me throughout my day.
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Evaluate work load and plan as to how to go about and set the time for each of the job.
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Experience not to be complacent.
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By keeping myself busy and ensuring I am up to date on policy by reviewing any policy change and/or additions.
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By communicating to my subordinate.
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By involving myself in what will be happening around me and by being always alert.
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I stay on task and if I start to wonder or get anxious, I take a walk around or check on some news to get my brain back on track.
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Being calm, workinh in realxing way.
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Ensuring regular monitoring of services.
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By keeping to tasks until complete.
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I will take care for preventing security incidents.
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By having a lot of coffee.
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By making myself busy with things like checking on the system and do patrolling to checking on my man and safety expects.
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I focus on one assignment at a time at the same main my situational awareness.
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By ensuring my tasks list is upto date.
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There is always a lot to do which I enjoy as no two days are the same.
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By creating some activities amongst my colleagues.
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Need to know first when im starting my shiftg that what is my first priority for the day, what is it that I left last day that I dintgd get right or didn't finish.
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Good planning for the day allows me to focus to the job at hand and endeavour to complete the mission.
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I do not require any additional things to keep myself focused. Its just my dedication, determination, devotion and passion towards my work.
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In quiet times I like to reflect and monitor on my teams progress. Its good to motivate yourself and others around you to remind everybody of the level of service expected.
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Focus on the more important tasks. Priorities.
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I priorities my daily duties for the day and possible planing for the next day.
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I set minor and major goals to accomplish and look forward to what work needs to be completed to meet the goals.
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Synchronize the work between the employes.
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I check all the duty points by taking a round. Further through patrolling and taking reports of duty supervisors.
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Do sites visit to check if everyone cope well with their task.
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I like to make a list at the beginning of my shift of things that I would either like or need to accomplish.
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By checking the mails in the morning and prepare the todo list to keep myself focused.
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Always checking the police officer on duty, and help them if need be.
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By gathering intelligence and focusing work on priority basis.

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