Security Guard Interview Questions

Highlighting Your Problem Solving Skills and Composure

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Employers are very cautious when interviewing candidates for a security guard position. A wrong answer can signal a red flag and a potential problem can cost you the job, even if you're a highly qualified applicant. Here are some sample interview questions and and a few suggested answers to review prior to an interview.

Security Guard Interview Questions

Describe a time when you had to work with a team to solve a problem at a former security job?

(Or, if you have no security experience, describe a time from any previous position.)

Describe a time when you had to deal with an assault. How did you handle the situation? Is there anything you would have done differently?

Answer: Security guards may face a dangerous situation on the job, but instead of reacting with fear, note how it's important to maintain composure, think on your feet and quickly determine the best course of action. Point out your instinctive problem solving skills in your response.

Tell me about a time when you successfully dealt with an angry member of the public not with physical force, but with only your words.

Describe a time on the job when you felt as if you were in physical danger. How did you handle the situation?

How do you spend downtime on the job?

Answer: While you may have some quiet time, ensure the interviewer that you'll use it to benefit the company rather than reading or texting, for instance. Think about some relevant ways you can enhance your role during downtime.

How comfortable are you using computers?

Answer: Mentioned your knowledge of CCTV camera programs here.

What are some of your strengths on the job?

Answer: Here's a chance to talk about your top notch problem-solving skills, how you stay calm under stress, and your ability to prioritize in an emergency situation when multiple issues require immediate attention.

Are you currently CPR/First Aid/AED certified?

If you found out a fellow security guard was accessing information he shouldn't be, but in your opinion it was important information, what would you do?

Imagine you have been called to handle an emergency on the 10th floor of a building, but six guests are waiting to be checked in at the front desk. It's late at night and you are momentarily alone at the front desk. What would you do?

If you are working at an event where there is a large, rowdy crowd, what steps could you take to make sure the event does not become chaotic or dangerous?

Look at these two photos of two different people for five seconds. Then, put the photographs down and describe those two people to me.

General Job Interview Questions

In addition to job specific interview questions, you will also be asked more general questions about your employment history, education, strengths, weaknesses, achievements, goals and plans. Here's a list of the most common interview questions and examples of answers.

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