Wednesday, 31 August 2011

What to Expect in a Security Guard Job Interview

The security industry is a great career path for the right minded individual. But before you get started you need to research which companies that you would like to work for. Along with your application you will need to send them any applicable licenses or certificates to let them know that you have received the proper security guard training. Then you will undergo an interview process. This is a crucial stage that can make all the difference in the world. Security guards must be able to maintain a high level of professionalism, poise and calmness under pressure. These are all things that your interviewer will be looking for.

Work Experience

Many security employers prefer to hire applicants with military or law enforcement backgrounds. But just because you don't fall into either of those categories does not mean you are out of luck. What is important is that you describe your previous work experience as it relates to being a security guard. Skills such as independence, quick thinking, decision making, observational skills and teamwork are what you want to emphasize here.

Can You Be Trusted?

Being a security guard puts you in an elevated position of trust to your prospective employer. So your level of honesty is of prime importance and you will often be asked questions relating to this during the interview. It is important that you make it clear to the interviewer that you are a highly responsible person. And if you can draw upon past experiences of being entrusted to protect valuable persons or property then that is a bonus.

Problem Solving

Lastly, you may be asked a bunch of questions that relate to your ability to solve a problem or recognize one before it even begins. It is important to remember that there is no perfect answer and usually many different ways of approaching a problem. Be sure to listen very carefully to the scenario outlined by the interviewer and take your time in responding as best as you can to the situation.


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