I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Virginia Departmnt of Justice Services in March 2010.
Interview Details –
Having been a former interviewer and recruiter, I found this particular employer to be among one of the more professional I have had the pleasure of going through the interview process with.
From the initial phone call advising me that I have been chosen as a candidate for an interview, setting a date and time, to the additional helpful staff members and site tour, I am still going through the interview process at this time. Considering the fact that this is a locked down government facility, all of the legal protocol was followed when I walked in from emptying my belongings to a magnetic search of my person for any illegal items. I was given a scenario questionnaire to fill out prior to meeting with the Superintendent of the facilities for a face to face interview. Upon completion, I was introduced to the Superintendent where the job was explained to me in detail to make sure I was aware of what all I would be expected to able to handle. I found this not only appropriate but, very informative for the candidate as well as straight forward simply due to the nature of the facility and the job responsibilities. The interviewer was very honest, approachable and straight forward.
I was asked if there were any questions I had for the interviewer, which I did have and they were answered with enthusiasm as well as candor. I was then given a 2 page list of questions to briefly look over and, then I needed to answer them in any order I chose. The interviewer did advise me that they would be writing as I spoke and not to let this distract me. As I answered each question, there were a few questions asked of me by the interviewer in response to some of my answers. I took this as a positive as I was being heard along with the jotting down of information by the interviewer along with a few smiles and nodding of the head as I spoke.
After our discussion had ended, the interviewer asked I would like to go on a tour of the facilities and I gladly accepted. I asked questions of the employee's I came into contact with during the tour to get a feel of how they felt working for this employer. At the end, I was told that if I were chosen as a candidate for a follow up interview, I would be called within a week. Two days later, I was called by Human Resources and asked if I would be available for a background check that day. I made an appointment to come in and fill out the necessary paperwork for fingerprinting and a background check and was told that the interviewer "wanted this expedited" and I would be made an offer as long as my background check came back clean. This process is still in the works at this time.
Considering all the government cut backs, I found this facility not to have been affected as well. They seem to have been able to deal with their necessary scaling back, yet, still function and maintain control. I noticed a diverse background of employees and they seemed to work well together as a team. Those whom I spoke with spoke openly and honestly as they had both positive and negative experiences to share.
Overall, considering the stressful atmosphere in which these individuals walk into everyday, I found them to be quite calm, reserved, and under very good self control. I also found that my interviewer and I had a common interest; that being that the inmates and the public are still what are ultimately important.
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