Juvenile correctional officer interview questions & answers.

We live in an era of prisons. Correctional officer is a typical job nowadays, doesn’t matter how strange it may sound to some of us. I know personally at least ten people who work on different positions in various detention facilities. And I have been detained in a prison in Iran for six months. But that’s another story….

The hiring committee will ask you about different things: your attitude to prisoners, your experience, your physical condition, your opinion about various situations. They may also use The Correction Officer Exam – to ensure that you are capable to do the job, and mentally healthy. Taking into account the responsibilities of correctional officers, you definitely need to do a few things in an interview, and pass the test.

Quick word to the test: It includes reading comprehension, situational judgement, math skills test and other–not an easy one to pass to be honest. If you think this one may pose a challenge for you, have a look at an excellent test practice package for Correctional Officers from JobTestPrep. Practicing the test questions for a few hours before the start of your interview improves your chances of passing drastically…

Juvenile Detention Officer Interview Questions
1 Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult person and how you handled the situation.
5 Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
6 Share an experience when you applied new technology or information in your job. How did it help your company?

Juvenile Correction Officer Interview Questions with Answer Examples

2. What field experience do you have for a JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL OFFICER POSITION?

Answer tips

Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

If you are being asked this question from your employer then you can explain your experience. Tell the employer what responsibilities you were performing during your job. You can tell what programs you developed and what modules you worked on. What were your achievements regarding different programs.

Answer sample

I have been working with computers since 2001. I also have a degree in network support/computer repair. I have built my last 3 computers, have work with Dell as an employee. So I have around 15 years experience working with computers.

1. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure?

Answer tips

You may say that you thrive under certain types of pressure. Give an example that relates to the type of position applied for. Mention routine pressure you face, such as dealing with deadlines on a regular basis. Try not to use an example where you created the pressure yourself, by waiting too long to start something, or by handling a task irresponsibly at the beginning. For example, working under pressure to meet a customer’s deadline could be a good example, but not if you had waited too long to start the project. Answer samples

“Pressure is actually a catalyst to my work. When there is an imperative deadline, I refocus my energy into my work which in fact, has helped me to produce some of my best works. (Give examples) I guess you can say I thrive under pressure.”

Possible interview questions you may face

* For in-detail analysis and sample answers to the questions, please check the link at the end of this article.

  • Can you tell me something about yourself? Try to stay relevant, speak about your working experience (or skills and career choice if you happen to have no experience), and mention one or two hobbies. Do not elaborate on individual things–they will ask if they want to know more. Keep it simple at this point.
  • Why do you want to work as a correctional officers? Our real motives (decent salary, early retirement, or basically a need to have any job and support our family) are not always the reasons we should refer to in an interview. Show them that there is something more, something that will actually make you happy (or at least satisfied) in this job–such as finding a meaningful purpose, doing something for the community, etc.
  • What do you want to achieve on this position? You can focus on small everyday achievements—which are possible in any job. To such belong: having good relationship with your colleagues, doing your job with the highest level of responsibility, trying to be a role model for someone, etc.
  • Have you ever been to prison? Try to focus on positive experience, and of understanding how these facilities work–with their daily regiment, shift patterns, strong rules of discipline, etc.
  • Can you tell me something more about your working experience? Try to talk mostly about relevant experience, and if you have no experience, explain clearly why you made your mind to apply for a job in a detention facility.
  • Have you ever worked with inmates? Stay calm while answering the question. Even if you have a bad experience, talk about it in a calm voice. They shouldn’t notice a trace of anger or hate in your voice.On the other hand, if you have a positive experience, talk about it with enthusiasm.
  • Describe an average inmate. Try to be positive in your characteristic of an inmate. But you can definitely add features like ‘unpredictable’ or ‘egocentric’ to your characteristic. Avoid any racist comments, such as pointing to a certain skin color.
  • How do you imagine your daily job? Discipline, discipline, and discipline. Show them that you expect to work hard, and to be always on guard. Job description should help you to understand how your typical day will look like. Show them that you expect to be busy, and follow the rules.
  • What motivates you? Though most people apply for this job because it pays well, you should look for other motives. Helping the sentenced to get back on track, or utilizing your strengths in prison, to do an excellent job, are some good alternatives for an answer.
  • Are you afraid of any person or situation? In no way should you be afraid, but at the same time, you should understand the dangers the job represents, and clearly explain them in an interview.
  • Have you even been in a fight with someone? Better say not, and if you were, stress that it was a self-defense, or that you were defending someone who was attacked.
  • We have rules for everything here. Tell me about the time you found it difficult to follow the rule. Actually there are rules in every company, in every employment. The key is to stress that you understand the importance of rules in detention facilities, and will follow the orders of your superiors, regardless of whether you like them or not.
  • Imagine you saw four prisoners beating fifth in the corridor. What action would you take?
  • What are your salary expectations? Check the statistics for average salaries in your city/county/country. Be realistic in your expectations. More often than not, there will be no room for negotiations–they simply pay the same amount of money to each new correctional officer.
  • Give me a time when you have worked with a younger individual, to resolve behavioral problems.
  • Describe a situation when you were under pressure in work.
  • What do you consider the toughest aspect of this job.
  • A friendly inmate with a great track record in recent years tries to start a relationship with you. What would you do?
  • How important is teamwork for you? Do you consider yourself a team player?
  • What will make you leave this job?
  • FAQ

    What questions will be asked at a correctional officer interview?

    Possible interview questions you may face
    • Can you tell me something about yourself? …
    • Why do you want to work as a correctional officers? …
    • What do you want to achieve on this position? …
    • Have you ever been to prison? …
    • Can you tell me something more about your working experience? …
    • Have you ever worked with inmates?

    How do I pass a correctional officer interview?

    By working with youthful offenders, I can often assist with community safety issues and protect and guide adolescents. I also enjoy helping young people discover the community they have around them by coordinating communication among families, schools and other important resources.

    Why do you want to work with juveniles?

    Good reasons to give include a desire to work in a rehabilitative environment where you have the opportunity to help people turn their lives around; put your skills and experience to good use and also work in an environment that is challenging and rewarding and where no two days are ever the same.

    Why should we hire you as a correctional officer?

    Good reasons to give include a desire to work in a rehabilitative environment where you have the opportunity to help people turn their lives around; put your skills and experience to good use and also work in an environment that is challenging and rewarding and where no two days are ever the same.

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