Security jobs are available in a wide range or location and can offer prospective employees competitive wages. If you have already submitted your application as a viable candidate, your next move is usually a face-to-face interview with a supervisor or a human resources staff member. Although every interview is different, there are some tips can help boost your chance of landing the security job.
1. Cite your experiences.
Most of the security jobs are not emphasizing on your education level, instead, they value more on your experiences and skills. Hence, it is important to focus on your background in the field of security, if applicable. While, it is OK if you have not worked in the industry before, and you can find characteristics of your previous jobs, hobbies and volunteer experiences that translate to the job. For example, if you were a sport hunter and are familiar with firearms, you could mention this at the interview. Or, if you have experiences working with audio-visual equipment, you can present the skill so that you are qualified to monitor and operate surveillance equipment.
2. Discuss other jobs and your work plan.
Usually, security jobs include flexible hours or part-time hours, for example, weekends and overnight shifts. Based on the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this feature of security jobs make it possible for many security guard to have multiple jobs. Instead of hiding the fact that you have other security jobs or consider to have one in future, you should show your capability and ambition via your working experience and plans. During the interview, you can ask about how flexible the position is. Discuss what skills you have put into your current position every day, such as the ability to follow procedures, attention to details, etc., which can make you a better security guard.
3. Ask about training.
Some security jobs include on-the-job training, which is aimed to teach you about the company’s policy and sharpen your skills before you work as a guard on your own. Such training is mandatory in some states and some other states just require this when a security guard needs to acquire or renew his license. In other words, the purpose of the training is just to keep the job or advance to positions with higher pay and more responsibility. By asking about the training, you can demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position and your willingness to learn and advance. Ask about whether the training is ongoing or whether it includes classroom training, hands-on drills or the both of the two.
4. Be honest all the time.
In most cases, security jobs include a criminal background check. While, some minor infraction might not stop you from gaining the job, if you lie about your past, you certainly fail. Thus, when an interviewer is asking about your criminal history, you should provide only the necessary information to answer the question and use more recent examples to indicate your trustworthiness, for example, present your ability to hold a long-term job or manage a successful probation period.
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