Probation Officer Interview Preparation Guide
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Probation Officer related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience as Probation Officer. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts

50 Probation Officer Questions and Answers:

1 :: Tell me about your experience in your internship?

I worked in child protective department working directly with case manager that had to go in home and take kids from the mother or father. I learned how to do casenotes assesments and etc.

2 :: Do you have a specialized area?

Yes when I work with juevilles that got suspended from school and they had to come to a day program I enjoyed it because you got the chance to meet with trouble youth and find out why they are acting so bad in school.

3 :: Do you think there should be education in prison to reduce prisoners from returning? Why?

Education (provided it offers up to date applications upon release) is crucial to the prisoners self-esteem, sense of accomplishment, and without it (unless they have a previous skill few will find employment.

4 :: In what areas do you typically have the least amount of patience at work?

Complaining with out a reasonable solution to the problem you are complaining about.

5 :: How generous of a person are you? Give me some examples?

I am somewhat of a generous person, i help others when they need the help but I don't consider my self generous when i follow the rules of my job.

6 :: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?

My greatest achievement to date has been my Master's paper in which I am currently working on. Once it is completed, it will be my greatest achievement of my educational career.

7 :: Will you help those with minor crimes get back on their feet?

It depends upon several factors: there intention to establish a law abiding life, willingness to change social acquaitances that were negative such as gangs, other drug or alcohol users, and negative family relationships to people more likely to positively influence their lives. It also depends on the existence or lack of education, marketable skills (not in areas likely to lead them back to crime), and willingness to do something about the weaknesses.

8 :: Did you take any psychology courses in college?

Yes, which helped me to learn different behaviors.

9 :: How will you handle dealing with heavily convicted criminals?

I would be very professional and firm. I would let them know that you are required to do these things in order to keep from going to jail and if u dont do them then thats where u will be. If u want change then u must do the things that are required of u to change

10 :: What honors have you received in your life?

I have received my BS and my Masters Degree in criminal justice working full time and a single parent.

11 :: Do you have any role models?

My Mother, a former Warden, and a former Operations Officer and Human Resources Officer, and my Mother who worked in corrections for 37 years retiring twice.

12 :: What was the most valuable thing you learned in your internship?

Treat people with the same kind of respect you would want someone to give to you.

13 :: What do you have to offer that your competition in this position cannot?

I have patience and diligence to offer. I am a vast learner and enjoy a challenge. I have excellent people skills and can establish a positive rapport with most clients through communication and consistency.

14 :: How would you rate your education?

I have had a great education. I learned a lot in my bachelor degree program from Central Michigan University. All of my professors were very knowledgeable. However, my Master's degree program has proven to truly aid me. Not only was there a greater focus on Criminal Justice, but also statistical information which I encounter daily.

15 :: Potential Probation Officer Interview Questions:

► Why do you want a career in law enforcement?
► What makes you a suitable candidate to become a probation officer?
► What character qualities are most important to you?
► What is your greatest weaknesses?
► Give me an example of a conflict you were involved with and how you took care of it.
► Tells us about your military experience (if applicable).
► Do you drink alcohol?
► Do you smoke?
► Have you used any kind of illicit drugs?
► Do you have any kind of medical condition that we should know about?
► How many driving record?
► What are your goals?
► Tell me why you are honorable.
► Do you work well with people? Give me an example.
► Do you consider yourself a leader? Give me an example of a time you exemplified good leadership.
► If we offered you a job when would you be able to start?

16 :: Behavioral Probation officer interview questions:

► Give an example of a time you successfully worked on a team.
► What can you do for us that other candidates cant?
► What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
► Has anything ever irritated you about people you've worked with?
► What kind of personality do you work best with and why?

Keep your answer simple, direct and positive. Be clear in understanding the responses. Make sure the experience is relevant.

17 :: Phone Based Probation officer interview questions:

► When were you most satisfied in your job?
► Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
► What are your long-term goals or career plans?
► What are you expecting from this firm in the future?
► What are three positive character traits you don't have?

18 :: Video Based Probation officer interview questions:

► How have you changed in the last five years?
► Tell me about your proudest achievement.
► Where do you see yourself in five years time?
► Describe a situation in which you had to collect information.
► What would you say are your strong points?

19 :: Basic Probation officer interview questions:

► What is more important to you: the money or the work?
► A team experience you found disappointing.
► Example when you went above and beyond the call of duty.
► How would you describe your work style?
► Do you have any questions for me?

A short positive response is best. Emphasize benefits to the company. Don't feel too much pressure as you have been asked many strict questions that you are unable to answer well.

20 :: Situational Probation officer interview questions:

► What attracted you to this company?
► What do you think, would you be willing to travel for work?
► What would make you happy in a job?
► What have you been doing since your last job?
► What relevant experience do you have?

The interviewer is looking for an answer that indicates you've thought about where you want to work. The interviewers want to know the real you, the potential candidate they may accept in. Be very thoughtful about your answer.