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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
Updated June 23rd, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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What is your greatest strength, and how will it benefit you as a TSA Screener?

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1.

What is your greatest strength, and how will it benefit you as a TSA Screener?

The interviewer wants to know, specifically, what will make you good at this job. Start forming your answer by focusing on the strengths that will make you a successful TSA Screener.

Working as a TSA Screener can be a strenuous job, so be sure to demonstrate factors that highlight your ability to handle a challenging and structured work environment. These competencies might include your emotional maturity, interpersonal skills, your cooperative nature, or sensitivity toward others.

Try to avoid responses such as 'I am an excellent communicator,' or 'I am a hard worker.' While these statements may be true, they are too general and overused. The interviewer wants to see how you stand out from other candidates.

Be sure to use aligning TSA language as much as possible, while providing tangible examples rather than blanket statements of competency.

Rachelle's Answer

"My greatest strength is my emotional resilience. I know that the TSA is seeking Screeners who are skilled in decision making and have emotional maturity while showing sensitivity to others. When it comes to these mental demands, I will meet and exceed your expectations. Based on my previous work experience in high-pressure roles such as large events security, I have proven my ability to make wise, calculated decisions that benefit large public groups. I fully embrace the inclusion efforts put forward by the TSA and have shown my desire to help diverse groups through the volunteer efforts listed on my resume. I am emotionally mature and have been practicing stoicism for the past three years, which means training myself to be emotionally resilient."

Anonymous Answer

"Loyalty staying true even when things look bad."

Mary's Answer

When discussing strengths, consider adding how this area has contributed to your current or past employer(s).

"Loyalty to my employer is one of the greatest strengths I possess. My longevity helped me become a subject matter expert, often training new employees, and being relied upon for additional responsibilities."

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2.

Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to your career as a TSA Screener.

The interviewer wants a detailed breakdown of any education related to your career as a TSA Screener. Your training might be on your resume; however, this question is an invitation to give a more detailed breakdown of your coursework and credentials. When walking the interviewer through your post-secondary studies, be sure to highlight any awards, scholarships, or recognition that you may have received.

Rachelle's Answer

"I have completed three criminal justice-related courses via online correspondence this year. These courses include Ethics and Critical Thought, Public Safety, and Introduction to the Criminal Justice System. I excelled in these classes, with an average grade of 97%. Over the next four years, I plan to earn my Bachelor's in Criminal Justice. This goal, of course, would be in tandem with working full time. I am eager to take my existing knowledge to help the TSA in protecting the traveling public, and I look forward to learning more as I train and grow with your administration."

3.

Transportation Security Administration includes 'integrity' in its core values. Talk about a time that you acted with integrity.

Integrity is a core value of the Transportation Security Administration and the cornerstone of its mission. The TSA looks for Screeners who embody integrity by committing to making the right decision at all times, which includes reporting any breach of integrity ever observed.

Integrity means possessing 'the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.' Now, the TSA wants to see how you have exercised integrity in your work and personal life.

First, talk about what integrity means to you. Then, offer an example of a time when you may have faced the temptation to do the wrong thing when nobody was looking. What made you choose to do the right thing in the end, and how did it make you feel?

To organize your answer, you can use the STAR method, which is a beneficial approach when answering behavioral-based interview questions. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result, and it can help you to frame and organize your response in a way that will resonate with your interviewer.

Rachelle's Answer

"My definition of integrity is to choose to do the right thing, even when nobody is looking. I know that I possess your core value of integrity because I do what is right, no matter the alternatives. (Situation) When I was earning my diploma in Criminology, I received a higher grade on my transcript than I earned. (Task) I am an honest person and knew it was up to me to report the error. (Action) I brought the error to the attention of my administrator, who then had the grade reversed. I could have taken credit, but in the end, I didn't earn that grade. I was determined to start my career off on the right foot, which is through complete honesty. (Result) Today, I can attend this interview with the TSA knowing full well that I earned this meeting through hard work and acts of total integrity."

4.

Walk me through your experience in security and protection.

This question is similar to the common interview question, 'Tell me about yourself.' When you are walking the interviewer through your related background, your approach should be to give a high-level overview of the most relevant points. Share where you have worked, what your job title was, discuss your primary responsibilities, and be sure to tie these factors back to how your experience will benefit the TSA, should they hire you as a Screener. Show your enthusiasm for this line of work, and be sure to include any related education and training.

Rachelle's Answer

"Immediately after high school, I pursued a Security Guard License. Upon obtaining my certification, I worked full time for a third-party security provider, where I was responsible for the night patrol of a financial institution, a jewelry store, and numerous residential construction sites. Through this experience, I gained a great deal of patrol experience in high-risk industries. I have consistently proven myself to be an incredibly reliable and trustworthy individual. Today, I am ready to take the next level in my career by joining this administration and committing my career to protect the public on a more critical level."

Anonymous Answer

"I don't have any official security experience. I have been in positions where just the presents or appearance of authority has been needed. I look forward to the training that TSA will provide."

Nazish's Answer

"Although I don't have direct security experience, I have held positions of authority, which provided a sense of security in certain situations. I really enjoy this type of role, and look forward to the training and development I will get through TSA."

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Anonymous Answer

"22 years as a Corrections Officer."

Mary's Answer

Excellent experience! To add more depth, consider including skills from your role that translate to the job description. See below for example [example only- refer to job description]

"I have worked for 24 years as a Corrections Officer which includes [i.e. providing security and protection], [i.e. maintaining composure under high-stress environments] and [i.e. working collaboratively in a team]. I believe this experience has well-prepared me for becoming a TSA agent."

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5.

What did you most like and dislike about your previous job?

The interviewer is asking what you enjoy the most about your previous (or current) opportunity so that they can uncover your greatest strengths, abilities, and interests. Think about your favorite days at work at what they entail. Maybe you love being a face to the public, helping them solve issues. Perhaps you most enjoy training a coworker on a new software update. Or, maybe you give outstanding presentations, and love to speak publically. Whatever your answer, be sure to show enthusiasm for what you do.

In the second part of this multi-part question, the interviewer wants assurance that you are not merely looking for a job replacement to soothe issues that will follow you into their role. For instance, if you say that your private security job is too stressful and the hours are challenging, this would be a red flag. Why? Well, because the work of a TSA Screener is also challenging, stressful, and the hours are not a typical 9-5.

Give a meaningful, positive answer, and never speak poorly of your current employer.

Rachelle's Answer

"What I like most about my current security position is that I meet new people every day. It's very interesting to see the sheer diversity of our population, and it's important to me that I remain in a role where I can engage with other people regularly. I am happy with most aspects of my current role; however, if I could change one thing, I would update some of the technology that we use. It is challenging to document instances in an efficient way, and our equipment is too slow to handle program upgrades. I appreciate that the TSA has invested in state-of-the-art tech to help Screeners do their job with efficiency and accuracy."

Anonymous Answer

"I enjoy interacting and helping the customer but there really isn't a purpose or goal. At the end of the day, I don't feel as though I accomplished anything."

Nazish's Answer

"In my previous role, I really enjoyed interacting with customers and helping customers. On the other hand, I never felt as though I had a larger purpose or goal. At the end of the day, I never felt as though i accomplished anything tangible."

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Anonymous Answer

"I liked the closeness to my home. I disliked them being understaffed."

Mary's Answer

Try considering a 'like' that highlights the experience you have developed.

"I liked the experience the job gave me in working with diverse backgrounds and developing respect for all individuals regardless of background. What I did not like was the understaffing that often occurred."

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6.

What kind of situations make you feel uncomfortable?

A variation of, 'What is your greatest weakness?' this question is targeting any areas where you may feel ill-equipped. The way that you answer this question will help your interviewer to determine where you may require additional support or training. Think about discussing awkward or uncomfortable situations that would not be a deal-breaker for the TSA Screener role.

The work environment of a TSA Screener can be challenging, tense, stressful, and uncomfortable. You must show resilience and the ability to handle discomfort. The TSA wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations and handle discomfort with professionalism and poise. Discuss the ways that you approach uncomfortable situations and, if possible, give an example that puts a spotlight on your ability to react appropriately to discomfort.

Rachelle's Answer

"I become uncomfortable when people complain about their job, their co-workers, or their overall employment situation. I live by the philosophy that if I do not like an aspect of my life, then I also have the power to change my situation. To deal with uncomfortable situations such as complaining from others or unprofessional conversations, I will tell my co-worker straight away that I am not interested in having the conversation. I believe that professional boundaries are essential, and I will politely decline from becoming a part of a conversation surrounding complaints."

Anonymous Answer

"Job interviews, public speaking or seeing co-workers doing just enough to get by."

Mary's Answer

This is a great opportunity to discuss how you get through or work around uncomfortable measures at work.

"Public speaking is one area that makes me uncomfortable, but I work to improve my skills by practicing in my off-time and asking for feedback from my peers and managers when given the opportunity. OR Seeing co-workers doing 'just enough' to get by makes me uncomfortable. When this happens, I dive in to ensure the job or tasks get done completely. When appropriate, I talk to underperforming co-workers to help get them on board."

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7.

TSA Screeners conduct screening of passengers, baggage, and cargo to ensure compliance. How will you handle an uncooperative member of the public?

TSA Screeners encounter challenging situations regularly. Many travelers are tired, stressed out, or do not feel like cooperating. The interviewer wants to know how you would handle an encounter with an uncooperative individual.

If you are not sure of the TSA guidelines, it's absolutely okay to ask questions or tell the interviewer that you will abide by your training. The key to answering this question is to show the hiring authority that you would remain professional and poised in the face of conflict.

Rachelle's Answer

"Being new to a career with the TSA, if I were to face a situation involving an uncooperative member of the public, I would refer to my TSA Screener training. If necessary, I would ask a more experienced co-worker for assistance. It's important to me that I do not show unprofessional emotion or act out of impulse. Rest assured, I am a calm and even-keeled individual. In the face of conflict, my instinct is to remain collected."

Anonymous Answer

"I believe if you can empathize and relate to the person's frustrations it will help them to calm down where you can explain that the procedures and rules are in place to help everyone feel safe and secure traveling our nation's airways."

Nazish's Answer

"I feel that if you can empathize with that person and put yourself in his or her shoes, it can really help you relate to that person's frustrations that are causing him or her to not cooperate. Empathy goes a long way to calm someone down and get them to listen to you in a situation where emotions are high."

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Anonymous Answer

"With ease! I must always remember I don’t know what their situation is and maybe they are flying to a funeral or some other tragic event, so they’ll need reassurance. So I would strive to give them the best service possible."

Mary's Answer

Great start! Consider how your current experience translates to the role.

"As a Corrections Officer, I am experienced in handling difficult or uncooperative individuals every day. As a TSA agent, I will strive to provide the best service possible, always remembering that I am not aware of every situation- considering they may be traveling to a funeral or another tragic event. I will strive to be patient and provide reassurance to those I am interacting with."

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8.

The TSA's mission is to protect U.S. transportation systems and ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. How does our mission speak to your career goals?

This question is another way for the TSA to ask, 'Why do you want this job?' Take some time to think of the ways that your best skills and characteristics are a match for the Transportation Security Administration. Think about how their overall mission excites you and aligns with your career goals.

This question presents an excellent opportunity to qualify yourself and let the interviewer know that you are passionate about this career opportunity. It's a good idea to approach this query like you would giving a sales pitch or crafting a credibility statement.

Rachelle's Answer

"The core values of the TSA include Integrity, Respect, and Commitment. I was raised with these precise values and put them into practice every day. I will show my commitment by applying my keen observational skills and my ability to think and react quickly under pressure. I consider myself to be an observant and watchful person who will be of service when it comes to detecting and preventing outside threats. I am respectful and learned a great deal about showing due respect during my time serving in the Navy. I have a proven history of stepping up when it comes to protecting our nation and serving my country. I am dedicated, trustworthy, and also see integrity as the cornerstone to every action that I take and each decision that I make. It would be an honor to be of service to serve my country in this critical role with the TSA."

Anonymous Answer

"I remember being glued to the TV after the attacks on 9/11, I never want to see something like that happen again. I can't imagine flying today without knowing each person has gone thru a screening process to make sure nothing like that happens again."

Nazish's Answer

Great answer!

"After the 9/11 attacks, I realized the importance of airport security. I remember being glued to the TV, watching the aftermath of the attacks, thinking to myself that I never want to see this happen again. I can't imagine flying today without knowing each person boarding a plane has gone through a thorough screening process and everyone flying is safe."

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Anonymous Answer

"Knowing that I can make people feel safe while flying is what motivates me."

Mary's Answer

Great response!

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9.

Have you read through the TSA Code of Conduct? Will you have any issues abiding by these responsibilities and employee expectations?

It's time for you to show the TSA hiring authorities that you have a firm understanding of all expectations placed on you from an ethical standpoint, should you be hired. It is essential to express that there are zero sticking points for you when it comes to upholding the TSA's ethical standards.

You know that you are trustworthy and ethical, and you would never abuse your powers as a TSA Screener. Now, the interviewer needs to hear that ethics and integrity are of the utmost importance to you. Show your understanding of the fact that you have a moral obligation to represent the organization with high standards, and you understand the importance of being trustworthy as a TSA Screener and public protector.

Rachelle's Answer

"I have carefully combed through the Employee Responsibilities & Code of Conduct provided by the TSA. This code of conduct is straightforward, and I can assure you that I will abide by these regulations to the letter. I am confident that I already live my life in a manner that makes it much simpler to abide by this code without any issue."

Anonymous Answer

"Never. My ethical nature would never let me do anything like that."

Mary's Answer

Excellent response. See below for reformatting.

"Never. I have a high standard of ethics that would guide me as a TSA agent."

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Anonymous Answer

"No, never. I have a high ethical standard and would never jeopardize the safety of others."

Rachelle's Answer

Strong response! This question is also a good opportunity to bring in the core values/mission statement of the TSA. (Integrity, Respect, Commitment)

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10.

Competition is stiff for TSA Screener positions. Why should we hire you?

When it comes to hiring decisions, the TSA will choose those that they believe will help them to achieve their mission. As you know from your research, the purpose of the TSA is to 'protect the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.' By clearly discussing how you will contribute to this mission of protection, you are positioning yourself as the top choice candidate.

Be prepared to talk to the interviewer about what sets you apart and come with tangible examples of these skills, qualities, and characteristics in action. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch.'

If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

To prepare, outline your hard and soft skills. Next, be sure that you have a full understanding of the job description and the skills requirements. Lastly, put all of these points together into one compelling qualifying statement.

Rachelle's Answer

"I understand that the TSA is seeking Screeners with a proven ability to think critically, act with integrity, and provide unwavering dedication to public safety. You seek a responsible person who can be trusted and will keep the TSA's mission top of mind each day. My experience in security, and my education in Criminal Justice, align very well with the requirements of this TSA Screener role. I am an experienced security professional, having trained for over 500 hours in high-pressure situations. My current manager is ready and prepared to act as a positive reference for me, as they know how much this opportunity means to me and my career goals. I am a passionate individual who is very detailed and approachable, making me a suitable fit."

Anonymous Answer

"I've always been a dedicated and loyal person. I believe these attributes go hand in hand with the mission of the TSA."

Nazish's Answer

"I have always been very dedicated and loyal in my personal life and my work life. I believe these attributes go hand in hand with the mission of TSA and this role."

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Anonymous Answer

"I have a strong ethical code and work well in a team environment."

Mary's Answer

These reasons are a great start! Try incorporating additional skills from the job description to add more depth.

"In addition to having a very high standard of ethics, I am skilled in working in a team environment, and use [i.e. critical thinking and problem solving] every day in my current position."

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11.

Why are you looking for a new opportunity, and how will working for the TSA fulfill your career goals?

The interviewer wants to be sure that this role, and the TSA, will meet your career needs and fulfill your professional desires for the long term.

If you are employed and looking for a new opportunity, the hiring authority will want to know how their job is different than the one you are looking to exit. Be honest about your work situation, but be careful not to overshare or speak negatively about your employer. Begin by telling the interviewer what you enjoy most about your current opportunity. By focusing on the positives first, you set a positive tone and show the interviewer that your intentions for making a career move are well-thought-out.

If you are currently unemployed or are a recent graduate, you can focus your response on the fact that you want to kickstart your career with a reputable administration such as the TSA. Dive into the factors that make you enthusiastic about this TSA Screener opportunity.

Rachelle's Answer

"Although I thoroughly enjoy my current job, I am ready to take my security experience to the next level, and move into a more formal public protection role. I have been working for an independent security service provider for three years, primarily patrolling large public events such as festivals, concerts, and sporting events. It is a great job; however, I do not view it as a long-term career. Working for the TSA would fulfill my goal of kickstarting a true career focused on public protection."

Anonymous Answer

"While I enjoy the interactions I have with customers and Safeway does have some good benefits, I've just never seen it as a forever home. TSA would be a great career with better pay and benefits."

Nazish's Answer

"I have really enjoyed interacting with customers through my role at Safeway. I have gained many skills and valuable experience that has allowed me to grow, and because of this, I feel I am ready for my next challenge. I am searching for my forever home, and I believe TSA would be a great fit for me for the long haul."

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Anonymous Answer

"Not so much that I want to leave but I’d like to upgrade my employment to a TSA Officer."

Mary's Answer

Great response- companies view negative comments about current employers as a 'red flag'. See below for reformatted response- you may add knowledge about the job here.

"I am looking forward to bringing my skills and knowledge on procedures and safety to an elevated role as a TSA Officer in order to interact more with the public and provide security and protection to travelers."

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12.

Our shifts begin at 3 AM, and 12 PM. Overtime may be required. Are you able to accommodate?

Before answering scheduling questions, it's essential to be clear on the expectations of this role. If you haven't had a chance to clarify the scheduling needs of the TSA, now would be the perfect time to ask. One question may be, 'Will I be working a dedicated shift, or will I be switching between days and evenings?'

You must be honest about your availability. If you are available to work overtime hours, that is great! If you are not able to work overtime, clearly discuss your limitations while offering more solutions that you do problems.

Rachelle's Answer

"I understand that you are looking for an individual willing to work day and night shifts, depending on the week. I am flexible in my hours and am willing to work overtime as needed. This opportunity is significant to me, and I will certainly co-operate with your administrations' needs."

Anonymous Answer

"While I understand this position is part-time and only 32 hours a week, I am completely open and available to work more as need arises."

Nazish's Answer

"I do understand that this position is part-time at 32 hours per week, but I would be open and available to work more than 40 hours per week, as needed."

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Anonymous Answer

"Yes, absolutely. In my current position, I’m scheduled between 35 to 40 hours a week, but I have worked 40 plus hours a week on many occasions."

Rachelle's Answer

You sound very willing, and it's great that you express the fact that you've done this in the past.

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13.

What have you done to train and prepare yourself for a role with the TSA?

When applying to work for the TSA, there is a lot you can do to prepare yourself for their stringent interview process. You could practice acute problem solving or learn more about the history of the TSA, ensuring a smoother interview process.

Be prepared to discuss with the interviewer the tangible actions you have taken to ensure full preparation for a career with TSA. If you have any education or training related to the responsibilities of a TSA Screener, this question is a good time to outline those factors.

Rachelle's Answer

"I recently earned a degree in Criminal Justice. By earning this degree, I built a strong foundation in criminology, evidence, and procedures, as well as law and the judicial process. This knowledge will be valuable to my contribution to the TSA as I come with a robust understanding of the regulations and best practices related to public protection. I have also set myself up for success both emotionally and with mental acuity. I participate in guided meditations, I read books on leadership, and even take the time to train my memory through Luminocity brain games."

Anonymous Answer

"Becoming a TSA screener would be a new role for me. I believe I can become a reliable employee due to the skills I already possess. Such as screening for false identifications, working well within a team, and having excellent communication skills."

Rachelle's Answer

You make a great case for why you will be a strong fit! Your approach is perfect because you focus on what you DO have, rather than focusing on the fact that this role would be new to you.

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Anonymous Answer

"No, but I am looking forward to the training needed to hone my skills to work in the TSA field."

Mary's Answer

Despite not having been in the role, think about the skills that are easily transferable. See responses below. [Example only- refer to job description]

"Being a TSA screener would be a new role for me, but I believe I can adapt quickly because of my experience in [i.e. operating various screening equipment], [i.e. following state/federal compliance measures for the safety of others], and [i.e. familiarity with controlling entry and exit points]."

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14.

Explain how you would be an asset to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

This question is another way for the interviewer to ask, 'Why should we hire you?' Of course, there are many reasons to hire you, but the interviewer wants a more in-depth response than the fact that you are reliable and a hard worker. Dig into the core values of the TSA and the characteristics that they look for in a TSA Screener.

Research shows you that the TSA values Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, Hard Work, and a Team Spirit. These core values, which come up again and again on the TSA careers website, are significant clues that you can draw from when crafting your answer. Of course, you must be sure that you actually present these benefits, and that your response is honest and authentic to who you are.

Rachelle's Answer

"I am confident that, after clearing all stages of the TSA Screener interview process, your administration will find me to be a promising candidate with many assets to offer. I am highly engaged in this process and the TSA ethos. I come fully competent and prepared to uphold your values of integrity, hard work, respect for others, professionalism, and team spirit. In addition to this eager attitude and willingness to learn, I am trilingual in English, Spanish, and French. I have a Diploma in Criminal Justice, where I learned foundational approaches necessary to succeed as a TSA Screener, such as Effective Communication, Police and Security Techniques, and Security Reporting. These are just a few of the ways that I will contribute to the TSA's initiatives and represent this esteemed administration with complete enthusiasm."

Anonymous Answer

"First and foremost, I am incredibly committed and hardworking. I communicate well with both my team members and others. I am a reliable coworker and always thinking critically. All while keeping my composure and professionalism."

Rachelle's Answer

Good start! I recommend adding in an example of a time when you have showcased these qualities on the job. Help the interviewer to picture you in action.

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Anonymous Answer

"I know that I bring a strong work ethic and positive attitude which is very important in a team environment."

Nazish's Answer

"I bring an extremely strong work ethic and positive attitude, which is very important when working in a team environment. I have a deep interest for this field of work, and I look forward to working on a collaborative team to ensure the well-being and security of others."

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15.

What do you know about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)?

The TSA hiring authorities are looking for evidence that you have reviewed the relevant history behind their administration. Understanding the circumstances surrounding the inception of the TSA is a critical part of being a well informed and committed agency member.

Take some time to review TSA's website to learn vital information such as its mission and history. View the Timeline section, which visually takes you through a transportation security timeline. Also, take note of their Leadership and Organization page, reading up on TSAs current leaders and their vision.

You can complete your answer by discussing the pride and honor that you feel interviewing with this prestigious administration.

Rachelle's Answer

"I understand that the TSA's mission is to protect the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. After the 9/11 attacks, the Transportation Security Administration was formed with the mission to prevent similar attacks in the future. Today, the TSA is built on core values such as Integrity, Respect, and Commitment. Your workforce expectations include Hard Work, Professionalism, and Integrity. I know that the TSA also values a strong team spirit. I am eager to join the thousands of people who have joined the TSA and will work tirelessly to support this critical mission."

Anonymous Answer

"I know that the TSA was formed in response to the attacks on 9/11/01. I also know the mission of TSA is to protect the nation’s transportation systems and freedom of movement for people and commerce. I also believe in the core values of integrity, respect, and commitment TSA holds."

Rachelle's Answer

Very well done! It is obvious that you have performed your research, and it's great that you added in the core values of the TSA.

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Anonymous Answer

"I know the TSA was formed after 9/11 to protect the nations transportation system. That it’s core values are integrity and team spirit."

Mary's Answer

This is a great start! Consider adding more knowledge about the company's mission or values, and how that aligns with you.

"I know the TSA was formed after 9/11 to protect the nation's transportation system through counterterrorism efforts. The TSA's core values of integrity and team spirit are ones that I personally align with. I also know that in order to be a skilled TSA screener, you should be able to work with diverse backgrounds and have excellent communication, which my career in corrections has prepared me for."

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  1. What is your greatest strength, and how will it benefit you as a TSA Screener?
  2. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it relates to your career as a TSA Screener.
  3. Transportation Security Administration includes 'integrity' in its core values. Talk about a time that you acted with integrity.
  4. Walk me through your experience in security and protection.
  5. What did you most like and dislike about your previous job?
  6. What kind of situations make you feel uncomfortable?
  7. TSA Screeners conduct screening of passengers, baggage, and cargo to ensure compliance. How will you handle an uncooperative member of the public?
  8. The TSA's mission is to protect U.S. transportation systems and ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce. How does our mission speak to your career goals?
  9. Have you read through the TSA Code of Conduct? Will you have any issues abiding by these responsibilities and employee expectations?
  10. Competition is stiff for TSA Screener positions. Why should we hire you?
  11. Why are you looking for a new opportunity, and how will working for the TSA fulfill your career goals?
  12. Our shifts begin at 3 AM, and 12 PM. Overtime may be required. Are you able to accommodate?
  13. What have you done to train and prepare yourself for a role with the TSA?
  14. Explain how you would be an asset to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
  15. What do you know about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)?
  16. What major challenges or problems did you face in your last position?
  17. What are your career goals, within the TSA, in the next 5 years?
  18. One of the TSA' core values is 'Team Spirit.' Talk about your approach to teamwork and how you will contribute to our Team Spirit.
  19. What is a 'pandemic,' and what part do you believe the TSA plays in such an event?
  20. All TSA Screeners must maintain high standards of hard work, professionalism, and integrity to gain and maintain public trust. How will you exude this commitment in every interaction with the public?
  21. What do you know about the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) mission statement and ethos?
  22. Certain TSA employee conduct, on and off duty, may be subject to disciplinary action. What actions do you understand to be impermissible?
  23. TSA Screeners are on the front lines of guarding the U.S. and protecting the public. How will you meet the mental demands of this job?
  24. Answer with complete honesty. Have you ever committed a crime, participated in any illegal activity, or maintained inappropriate criminal affiliation by association?
  25. Why do you want a career as a TSA Screener?
  26. What is your greatest weakness?
  27. Being a TSA Screener is a stressful job. How do you handle stress and pressure inside and outside of the workplace?
  28. Tell me about your proudest career accomplishment.
  29. The TSA has a robust Diversity and Inclusion Plan designed to create an inclusive and engaged workforce. How do you plan to support these efforts?
  30. The TSA is often under the scrutiny of the public eye. Are you prepared to work in this type of environment?
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