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Updated Mar 17, 2014
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Security Officer Interview

Security Officer
Kansas City, MO

I applied in-person and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Guardsmark in November 2009.

Interview Details – I went in to the Guardsmark main building downtown in person with an application. They contacted me within a week to interview and fill out paperwork for employment. I had to obtain a Private Security License, pass a background check (although I don't think very thorough, I worked with some folks that looked like they straight off the street and took drugs).

Once I got done with that, they sent me to a client facility to work and told me nothing about the job I would be doing. Once I got there the job was an outside post and you would literally guard parked cars all day.

Interview Question – What are your weaknesses?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – When can you start?

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Security Officer Interview

Security Officer
Chantilly, VA

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Guardsmark in August 2012.

Interview Details – Interview with HR Manager
Polygraph exam
Psychological exam
Criminal Record Check
Testing/Exams
Fingerprinting

Interview Question – Tell me about your past experiences?   Answer Question

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Security Guard Interview

Anonymous Employee
Moses Lake, WA

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Guardsmark.

Interview Details – Craigslist
Meet> Application
half day company training and testing
Start next day
Site training half day
Temp license
Full license

Interview Question – Are you breathing?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – take it or leave it

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Human Resources Specialist Interview

Anonymous Employee
New York, NY

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Guardsmark.

Interview Details – I was already an employee with Guardsmark, this was supposedly a promotion. I interviewed with a manager and received an offer the same day. I started in the new posiiton within one week. I didnt get my correct payor title for another 3 months though.

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiations. Pay was 45k.

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Security Officer Interview

Security Officer
Milwaukee, WI

I applied in-person and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Guardsmark.

Interview Details – Very long process so just be patient

Interview Question – Do you play with dolls? lol it is a psychological question!   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Be flexible to the scheduling!

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Security Guard Interview

Security Guard
Boston, MA

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Guardsmark in May 2012.

Interview Details – Interview was minimal, a few questions about my background.

Interview Question – None, everything was background related.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – not definative at all they just told me to come in the following monday to get cpr, aed, and first aid certified. Even at this point i did not know if i had the job.

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Security Officer Interview

Security Officer
Las Vegas, NV

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Guardsmark in August 2011.

Interview Details – The most paperwork I've ever done to get a job due to the extensive background checks. There's even a quirky personality/psychoanalysis test that's about 150 questions or something. The interviews with Guardsmark are pretty short and straightforward. Since they've already done a background check and all that, if they call you in for an interview you're probably golden as long as you don't do or say something offensive or illegal during the interview. Client interviews are separate; although they're rare, they can happen, and those interviews are usually for the high-class, posh jobs. Clients are usually very understanding and as willing to work with the needs of Guardsmark and its employees as Guardsmark is with clients but some clients (particularly the ones that have their own interview process) can also be eccentric, paranoid, fickle, or just picky.

Interview Question – There was once a client who asked me what plans I had for the future. Not a weird question per se, but the answer the client sought was different than what I had imagined. I like to answer this type of question with something that shows I have a drive to improve myself and a marked interest in looking at the bigger picture. Real ambition.   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – Pay varies by which site you are posted at, but you can opt to be a "floater" which has a set pay rate. Floaters are trained at several different sites and in a town with many clients, there's good money in it, as you fill time slots when guards are absent due to emergencies and such.

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Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
Bellevue, WA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Guardsmark in May 2008.

Interview Details – Joined a meeting at the end of the day to discuss the possibility of moving into a promotion. Two days later did the initial interview for the promotion. The following day was offered the promotion and accepted with no negotiation. The people were interested in moving quickly.

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation as it was a contracted position with defined allocated dollars.

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Security Officer Interview

Security Officer
Sterling Heights, MI

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Guardsmark in June 2009.

Interview Details – Pretty short process, longest part was the book of an application.

Applied at main office one day and was told there was nothing available. Got a call the next morning as my resume was passed on and went for interview on the following Monday. started work the next week.

Negotiation Details – What negotiation? There was none. Number one sign you may be headed to the wrong job!

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Manager Interview

Anonymous Employee
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Guardsmark in January 2008.

Interview Details – Guardsmark has a slow and thorough process. Several levels of review are required to secure the job and there is very little communication in between time. Local management may like a candidate but lack the authority to execute on the hire which can be frustrating. But after enough time things eventually roll around. Make sure your background is squeaky clean. The drug test is no job, there can be no gaps in your employment and every reference and previous employer will be contacted...not too mention the MMPI.

Interview Question – How would you handle a difficult client.   Answer Question

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