Oregon Department of Corrections Interview Questions
Updated Mar 8, 2022
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
I interviewed at Oregon Department of Corrections
The interview started and ended on time. It took a total of twenty minutes for the whole process. There were three-panel interviewers, and it was a little intimidating. The interviewers spent the majority of the interview writing response.
- What are your Strengths and Weaknesses
Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
I applied online. The process took 2 months. I interviewed at Oregon Department of Corrections (Portland, OR) in Jan 2022
Easy and very user friendly. Everyone during the process was very respectful and helped me out when ever they could. I would definitely urge people to apply for this agency.
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Anonymous Employee in Pendleton, OR
I applied through other source. The process took 6 months. I interviewed at Oregon Department of Corrections (Pendleton, OR)
The interview/hiring process when I was hired has changed dramatically since I was hired in 2010. The actual interview though remains mostly the same. There is typically at least 2 uniformed security staff and 1 non security staff conducting the interview. The interviewers take turns asking questions to the prospective employee and are given a score based on their answers. there is opportunity at the end of the interview for questions.
- What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
Anonymous Employee in Lakeview, OR
I applied online. The process took 4 months. I interviewed at Oregon Department of Corrections (Lakeview, OR) in Apr 2015
Three staff members conduct the interview. They ask all of the standard questions you may hear in an interview. What they are looking for is mention of ODOC's mission statement and policies. You can look these up on the ODOC website.
- Why do you want to be a correctional officer?
I applied online. The process took 3 months. I interviewed at Oregon Department of Corrections
I applied in August and was contacted almost 3 months later to schedule an interview. The job is posted for locations throughout the state at any time. An HR person will contact you to fill out pre-interview materials that will need to be completed and sent back before the interview, or brought with you to the interview.
- They ask 8 specific questions. The most challenging, if you aren't specifically prepared for them are: What are the diagnostic criteria for Bipolar I disorder? What are the 4 modules of DBT and give a couple examples of skills from each module? How do you assess for suicidality and need for constant observation with an inmate that has attempted to hang himself? How do you determine if am inmate is malingering? They also ask: Have you ever felt like you have been treated unfairly and if you have, how did you handle it? Describe your experience working in a prison or jail with inmates. Would you rather be liked or feared by an inmate? I can't remember the last questions, but it was an easy one :)
Anonymous Employee in Salem, OR
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Oregon Department of Corrections (Salem, OR) in Dec 2011
If chosen for interview, the first interview is performed by a six person interview board. They will take turns asking questions. And, if you are chosen for a second interview it is also a board interview made up of 3 to 4 section/department managers. And, they also take turns asking questions, which are more duties specific for the position
- describe your customer service experience, and your customer service philosphy