If you’re looking for corrections officer interview questions and answers that will impress the raters on the panel, then you’ll want to read this article.
If sitting in front of a panel wasn’t nerve racking enough, what with all the preparation that goes into choosing your outfit, tie and shoes, there’s the dreaded interview, where so many candidates fail badly, and their chance of becoming a CO goes up in smoke.
There is so much pressure on this particular phase of the hiring process, which is why I’m going to show you the types of interview questions in this article, which will give you a taste of what you can expect.
This phase of the selection process is crucial, because this is the only time where you can show off your experience and knowledge of the profession to the panel. You must make a connection with them, and impress them at the same time.
Tell me about yourself
Perhaps this the most famous and common interview question for correctional officer applicants. “Tell me about yourself” is the gateway to just about anything you wish to say. When asked the question, the interviewer doesn’t want to know where you were born or what color your hair is.
This question prompts you to show the interviewer why you are qualified for this job. Your answer may reveal some of your greatest achievements or how your past experience might relate to the job you are applying for.
Why would I hire you?
For this common interview question, you need to realize that the better answer you give, the easier it is for the raters — It’s up to you to give the hiring board a reason to hire you.
This is a great time to tell the interviewer about any past work experience that is relevant to a career in corrections.
What are you strengths?
The first thing you should do is figure out 2-3 things about yourself that you really like about yourself and elaborate. This should put you in good shape to answer this commonly asked interview question.
Always support your strength with a real-life example. We explain how to do this in great detail in the new report, Ace Your Correctional Officer Interview.