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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Correctional Officer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Feb 11, 2014
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Correctional Officer Interview

Correctional Officer
Huntsville, TX

I applied online - interviewed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice in May 2010.

Interview Details – take the test, then the interview after 45 days.

Interview Question – what will you do if you see an offender on the fence?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – it is clear


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Correctional Officer Interview

Correctional Officer

Interviewed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Interview Details – Just asked if I have ever worked as part of a team, lady that did interview had nothing to do with the prison you were going to work at or anything.


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Very Easy Interview

Correctional Officer Interview

Correctional Officer

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice in April 2011.

Interview Details – You apply online and schedule to meet with a recruiter who gives you a very simple test pertaining to simple arithmetic, they test your memory by showing you a picture and asking you questions regarding that picture, and they also test your common sense by giving you several scenarios and you have to choose the best answer. If you pass the test you go on to an "interview" where the recruiter simply asks you why you want to become a Correctional Officer.

Interview Question – Nothing was difficult.   Answer Question


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Very Easy Interview

Correctional Officer Interview

Correctional Officer
Huntsville, TX

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice in December 2009.

Interview Details – Checked over education documentation a and identification, was more of a screening than an interview. Testing was extremely basic level. And one test required you to look at a picture then remember details of it later such as how many offenders were wearing jackets.

Interview Question – Looking at the picture and remembering details.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Was no negotiation, salary was set.


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Easy Interview

Correctional Officer Interview

Correctional Officer
Huntsville, TX

I applied online and interviewed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Interview Details – They'll hire you if you are a high school graduate and can pass a drug test and a basic intelligence test. Once you are in TDCJ, it might be easier to move in to non-security jobs. Often the hiring department knows in advance which applicant they want to hire, but not always.

Interview Question – Other TDCJ jobs require a hiring board where technical, security and common sense questions are asked.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – TDCJ does not negotiate. Salaries are fixed.


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Very Easy Interview

Correctional Officer Interview

Correctional Officer

I applied online and the process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice in March 2011.

Interview Details – First you need to visit the TDCJ website, and click on the CO Opening banner. Once you are there, you have to choose a test site where you will be taking a 100 question exam to see if you can make it to a one-on-one interview. If you do pass the test, you will then have a 1 on 1 interview with the agency representative present as the proctor. He/she will ask you questions like what you think the position is, and why you think that you would be a good fit as a Corrections Officer. Provided you have all of your paperwork in order, and the person doing the interview likes your responses you may be given a conditional offer. From here you will have to complete a drug screening, background check, and then a physical agility test. If everything passes, you will be scheduled to attend the next CO Academy.

The best advice I can give any potential applicants is to make sure they get all paperwork in order before attending for the exam. This includes things like a High School Transcript with Graduation Date, DD-214 for veterans, Selective Service card for non-veteran males 18 - 25, and your Drivers License and Social Security Cards. Not having one of these can delay your application process by up to 2 months.

Interview Question – What does a Corrections Officer do?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

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Easy Interview

Correctional Officer Interview

Correctional Officer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice in July 2009.

Interview Details – apply test date pass test get asssigned 6 weeks at the academy

Negotiation Details – no negotiations


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Correctional Officer Interview

Correctional Officer

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at Texas Department of Criminal Justice in February 2008.

Interview Details – 5 pictures were given for observation for about 10mis. After, the px were taken back and questions were asked on those pix.

Interview Questions

Negotiation Details – Its a fixed salary

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