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Probation and Parole Officer was asked...June 14, 2017

Tell me something about yourself?

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Good morning/afternoon. I am John Doe and I am an experienced Probation Officer. I am effective at managing difficult cases and making sound, educated decisions. I was told by my colleagues and supervisors that I am creative and a practical problem solver. In my last job, I reduced recidivism from the cases I inherited ." Less

My name is John Doe and I have Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Last year, I was a volunteer case manager for the homeless and I have experience working with justice-involved individuals. I have experience in collaborating with the local community who provides various services and support. I can adapt quickly and I enjoy helping people overcome barriers. Less

"Thank you for this opportunity. I'm Jane Doe and I served in the US Army Veteran. I graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and I also worked as a Military Police for 4 years. I want to work as a Probation Officer for your department because I want to focus on encouraging offenders to rise above obstacles and accept life's changes. I want to teach them how to transition and become productive citizens. I look forward to working with you." Less

Virginia Department of Corrections

There was a total of 8 questions. Each questions required a lengthy response. Most of the question has two parts answers. The questions were related to your experience and education. Also, like what would you do in certain situations. The questions were not easy however they were not as difficult as I thought they were going to be.

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What are three elements of case management

One of the questions was what would you do when you arrived at a house and you saw a gun and Marijuana on the table. Less

Missouri Department of Corrections

What would be some of the things you would consider when forming a supervision plan for an offender?

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1, Age 2. Criminal History 3. Education 4. Mental Health 5. Substance Abuse 6. Employment 7. Housing 8. Family and Friends Less

PA Board of Probation and Parole

A co-worker is committing a crime or act against policy, what do you do?

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Go to supervisor

State of Missouri

Situational Questions

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I had no experience in law enforcement/glorified social worker, and the situational questions were very common sense kind of things. Less

Florida Department of Corrections

What is your level of education

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bachelors degree

Relevant experience in the role

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Experience in working with offenders

Kentucky Department of Corrections

If a supervisor told you to do something, but you didn't agree with it, what would you do?

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Since supervisors have authority over their employees, I would do whatever the supervisor suggested: as long as it is not illegal and not harming anyone. Less

State of Tennessee

If I could be an animal which animal would I chose and why.

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Bee The bee is a notoriously hard worker and a loyal comrade to the rest of the hive. Bees have a focused mission to create delicious honey and possess the ability to defend themselves if provoked. Monkey While the monkey has earned itself a reputation as the joker of the animal kingdom, its association with intelligence and agility is something interviewers will find incredibly attractive. Many technology firms require an agile approach, an innovative mindset and a disruptive desire — all elements that ring true with a cheeky monkey. Horse The ‘noble steed’ is a versatile animal that can apply itself across multiple disciplines. Whether it’s carrying people across entire deserts, racing around stadiums or hauling farm machinery, comparing yourself to a horse is a powerful way to demonstrate adaptability and your ability to add value across a range of skill sets. Ant While the humble ant might not be the most obvious choice, it offers some unique traits that could set you apart from other applicants. Ants are notoriously strong for their size and their excellent cooperation skills mean they can combine their strength to build a united force. If you’re applying for a role at a disruptive startup that seeks to challenge the status quo, an ant could be a good choice to demonstrate your determination to move mountains. Elephant On the other end of the spectrum, the impressive size and dominance of the elephant is a strong choice if you’re applying for a leadership role. Elephants are thoughtful creatures with a sophisticated memory and enough force to break down barriers. If you do opt for an elephant, tailor your response to avoid connotations with being cumbersome and heavy — today’s employers want quick thinkers who can change direction and adapt to new environments. Dove Comparing yourself to a dove can be a winning answer if you’re applying for a role in human resources or people management. Associations with conflict resolution and peacemaking are extremely valuable attributes for someone responsible for mediating internal relationships. Owl Regardless of the fact that owls are rarely awake to see the light of day, their wisdom and ability to survey from above provide strong comparisons with strategic thinkers who like to approach complex problems with a considered action plan. Dolphin Combining strong communication skills, social awareness and team synchronisation is a recipe for success in almost all workplaces. Comparing yourself to a dolphin is particularly relevant for roles that require a fun and collaborative approach. While a pod of dolphins spend their days surfing the high seas, they’re also effective hunters and excellent social communicators. Cockroach Contrary to popular belief, cockroaches possess some valuable characteristics that could help you stand out from the crowd. Namely, they are tenacious survivors who can put up a battle and adapt to challenging environments. If you do choose to go with a cockroach, be sure to explain your reasoning and avoid any pest-like connotations. Interestingly, despite their reputation as dirty creatures, cockroaches are remarkably fastidious when it comes to personal hygiene! Butterfly A butterfly is an extremely interesting choice as it represents growth and personal development. This is particularly relevant if you’re applying to a grad scheme that requires a willingness to learn and nurture your professional career before finding your wings and taking to the air. We love this comparison as it suggests a candidate holds the potential to grow into an extraordinary butterfly, despite its initial appearance as a somewhat ordinary caterpillar. Animals to Avoid in Your Answer While it’s up to you to select your animal of choice, we’ve identified a few answers that you might want to avoid. Rightly or wrongly, certain animals have earned themselves a reputation that doesn’t sit well with your typical employer. Jellyfish Despite their attractive appearance from the outside, the deadly touch of a jellyfish is a big red flag for employers. Spider Our eight-legged friends don’t possess many of the attributes employers are looking for. Spinning an invisible web is a manipulative and deceptive act that’s followed by a passive waiting game to catch unsuspecting prey. Sloth Rightly or wrongly, the humble sloth has earned itself a reputation for being slow and lazy. Understandably, this isn’t the kind of image you want to portray. Tortoise While a protective shell may appear advantageous, today’s employers want to see proactive thinkers who have the means to take on new challenges rather than curl into a ball and hide. Snake Associations with dishonesty and deception don’t make for a convincing argument as to why an employer should welcome you into their team. Less

Kentucky Department of Corrections

What is the mission statement of Probation/Parole/Corrections.

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The mission of the Division of Probation and Parole is to enhance public safety and promote offender reintegration in the community through proactive supervision and referral to community based resources Less

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