Corrections Officer Oral Interview Tips
The oral board interview is a highly structured interview designed to measure your background, motivation, and professional demeanor; decision making and problem solving; interpersonal skills; and verbal communication skills. The three or four member board is comprised of Correction personnel who will evaluate you in several areas. That’s why before sitting for your interview, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the interview by reading over Robert Lawrence’s Killer Interview Secrets. In it, Robert covers tons of sample interview questions and answers, as well as how to beat out the competition even if they are more qualified than you.
Things To Know: The correctional officer oral board is designed to test the suitability of a candidate for the position of a detention officer.
All candidates are asked the same set of structured questions, and the questions are open-ended questions to allow the candidate to express his/her individual view more thoroughly than a multiple-choice question would permit. Answers are evaluated by a panel of three or four with a scoring range of “Does not meet minimum competency” to “Excellent.” This handout contains questions that are commonly encountered in many police oral interviews.
The questions do require a great deal of thought about yourself and why you want to become a corrections officer with that particular agency. Knowing what to expect in a Corrections Oral Interview may help you overcome some of your nervousness. Remember that a little nervousness is to be expected. The key is to control it.
Helpful Hints To Remember For Your Next Police Job Interview
- Dress appropriately (i.e., shoes polished, clothes clean, hair and nails clean). Do not
- wear something that is too tight or uncomfortable.
- Introduce yourself confidently, with a firm handshake.
- Show appreciation for the interview. Thank the interviewers for their time after the interview.
- Be on time for your appointment.
- When asked a question by the oral board, answer the question in sufficient detail so the oral board can effectively evaluate your knowledge of this particular subject.
- Where possible, use examples to demonstrate your experience.
- Remember to emphasize your particular experience and education as it relates to the position for which your are testing.
- DO NOT BE LATE!
- Do not smoke.
- Do not wear sunglasses or a hat during your interview.
- Do not chew gum.
- Do not bring a drink with you (i.e. coffee or coke).
- Do not slouch.
- Do not swear or use inappropriate language.
- Do not bring a friend or family member with you to your interview.
- Do not downgrade previous employer(s).
Commonly Asked Questions Usually Encountered in a Corrections Oral Board Interview
- How have you prepared for this position?
- Tell us about your experience and training as it relates to the position of a law enforcement recruits.
- What are your qualifications?
- What do you consider to be your greatest assets (strengths)?
- What do you consider to be your greatest liabilities (weaknesses)?
- What do you consider to be your most outstanding trait? Why?
- How would you rate your ability to get along with others? What is the basis for this rating?
- What experience do you have as part of a team effort?
- Why did you choose a career in law enforcement?
- What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
- How would you describe your work ethic?
- How has your education/training prepared you for a career in law enforcement?
- What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction and why?
- In what kind of work environment are you most comfortable?
- How would you rate your ability to work under pressure? What is the basis for this rating?
- What two or three things are most important to you in your present job?
Additionally, you can expect several scenario-type questions that are designed to measure your reactions to certain situations. Generally, these questions have no clear-cut, right or wrong answers. Instead, the raters will be looking at your decision making ability and your justifications for your actions. The key to being successful in these questions is to be yourself.
Answer the questions the way you would actually handle the situations. The raters DO NOT expect you to have any prior law enforcement experience to answer these questions; they DO expect you to approach them logically by applying common sense. Typically, the oral board is concluded with a blanket question asking if there is anything you would like to add. It is generally worded like:
“Is there anything you would like to add that will assist us in making our rating?”
Remember, this is a question that you should have a well thought-out answer for. Take this opportunity to “sell yourself.” The scores obtained on the written test (60%), and the oral board (40%) are weighted together to determine your placement on the resulting eligibility list.
If you don’t want to spend a a couple hundred on those over-priced Correctional Officer Interview Courses than at the very least go and download Robert Lawrence’s Killer Job Secrets. If you won’t spend 17 bucks for a book that will potential help you land a 35k – 40k a year career than I don’t know how to motivate you.
Here’s just a list by rank of the toughest places (counties and states) to be a correctional officer:
|1||Los Angeles County||California|
|5||San Diego County||California|
|7||Kings County||New York|
|10||Queens County||New York|
|12||San Bernardino County||California|
|17||Santa Clara County||California|
|20||New York County||New York|
|22||Suffolk County||New York|
|26||Bronx County||New York|
|27||Nassau County||New York|
|28||Palm Beach County||Florida|
|36||Contra Costa County||California|
|38||Salt Lake County||Utah|
|42||St. Louis County||Missouri|
|45||Westchester County||New York|
|49||Mecklenburg County||North Carolina|
|50||Erie County||New York|
|54||Wake County||North Carolina|
|55||Bergen County||New Jersey|
|60||New Haven County||Connecticut|
|61||Prince George’s County||Maryland|
|63||San Francisco County||California|
|70||Middlesex County||New Jersey|
|73||Essex County||New Jersey|
|75||El Paso County||Texas|
|79||Monroe County||New York|
|82||San Mateo County||California|
|89||San Joaquin County||California|
|93||Monmouth County||New Jersey|
|94||Bernalillo County||New Mexico|
|97||Providence County||Rhode Island|