Top 15 Transportation Security Officer Interview Questions
How do you handle conflict?
Focus on behavior and events, not on personalities.
I analogize the situation then use my still to solve it.
I don't get upset listen to the person then make a suggestion to resolve the situation.
Very well. If there is a problem I'm going to face it head on and come up with a solution.
Question 2 of 15
How do you evaluate success?
By a persons mannerism.
I evaluate success based on outcomes, when I am performing well and satisfied with my position.
I evaluate success by the amount of respect the people around you give you.
I evaluate success on not exactly what you accomplish, but having the will to go for it no matter what it is.
Question 3 of 15
What do you know about our organization?
Securing Travel, Protecting People, safeguard the American way of life... Protecting our transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce.
Without it most job do not get done correctly and without problems.
I know that this organization is in charge of making the skies safe by screening passengers and their belongings.
This organization was created after 9-11 attacks, and it's main goal is to secure and protect US Transportation and air travel.
Question 4 of 15
Why do you want a career as a transportation security officer?
To protect the safety and well-being of our fellow Americans.
I want to be part of a team that has the responsibility to make air travel safe for the travelling public.
I want to work as a team with others to make or skies and buildings safe.
Like working with people problem solving team player.
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Question 5 of 15
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
I have faced so many challenges but the toughest one is not getting a job but still smiling and doing more hard work to improve me day by day. Life is full of challenges. I have faced many challenges in my life. Sometimes I have failed and sometimes I have got success. I never bother about failures because it gives me experiences to face next challenges. I think life is a challenge itself. I have face so many problem in my life. But the point is that how to overcomes these problem. Achieve our goal.
Having to deal with the elderly and ones in poor health to make them comfortable and happy.
Aggressive scaling in a down market.
Disrespect, or shouting in front of the customer.
Question 6 of 15
Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?
My most difficult project was rebuilding an old car I worked hard on it put in many hours and read up one things I did not know how to do.
Growing sales and business in a down market. Sales blitz, incentives for customer's and employees.
I was a part of a group project in college. Everyone of us were from different backgrounds, had different interests and activities. During our initial meeting everyone was debating who could do what. I sat and listened and decided I would take the lead and then delegated responsibilities to each member.
As a guitarist I once had to learn a whole song to play with my group and I hate letting down people so I practiced everyday for about 3 hours a day to get it perfect.
Question 7 of 15
Have you ever had a confrontation as a security officer?
Question 8 of 15
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
After being out of school for a good period of time to go back and complete schooling and complete a hvac course.
Very successful in my jobs.
An accomplishment I am most proud of is getting back to school and handling my time with work and school and actually doing good in both jobs.
Question 9 of 15
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
My greatest weakness is not answering questions to quickly and not completely. I need to slow down and take more time and think things out.
Working late at night, putting work first at times and not family. Time management, not taking on to much at one time.
I would say my greatest weakness is not asking anyone for help is easily. I always try to achieve on my own but over the years I have tried to join many group related stuff an try to improve its still one of my weaknesses but I'm improving year over year.
Question 10 of 15
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Transportation Security Officer?
My greatest strength is that I take my jobs very seriously and I am always aware of things around me so things don, t surprise me or catch me off guard.
Friendly, stern when needed, understanding, rganized.
My greatest strength I would say is the ability to be patient at all times. I think Ill adapt well under pressure because I know how stressful this position can be.
Question 11 of 15
Do you work well on a team? What is the most beneficial part of being on a team?
I do work well on a team. The most beneficial part of a team is that as a team you can share ideas that will make the task go better and more efficiently.
Understanding others and listening without interacting and adding to problem.
I do work well on team, ive been on sports teams through my youth and learned that by working togher anything is possible and everyone has their unique input to make a team stronger.
Question 12 of 15
Why are you the best candidate for us?
I have all the skills necessary for the job and I will preform above all others.
Experience in managing others which would include problem solving .
I believe I have many qualifications for the job position even though I havnt had any major experience like it, I hope to gain as much experience as possible.
Question 13 of 15
Why is transportation security so important?
To make sure people and property are safely transported.
It is important because it helps to the protect the public from dangers that are around us.
Protecting the national interest of the country and making sure we are secure. Through our actions.
Its very important in my opinion because with out it how can we know our skies are safe? tsa offers so much relief to passengers even though they some to eye at times .
Question 14 of 15
Why do you want to be a security officer?
Am trained on the same and I have enough experience.
To protect the public the buildings for attackes.
Like the challenges of working in a sometime stressful envirnement. Enjoy working with different cultures and the public.
I have traveled alot and it is of great interest to me to learn and assist in the area of security.
Question 15 of 15
Why should we hire you?
I have good communication skills work well with others. Take directions well.
Self starter, team player, good at problem solving.
There are many reasons as to why some are I'm a great direction follow, I'm loyal and very organized.
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Safety and Security Officer
Over 17 years in the field
Why would you want to be a security guard?
The hours are regular, you try to outsmart potential criminals, and you meet a lot of interesting people.
Learn about the skills it takes to succeed by reading about Kathryn Stall’s experiences firsthand. If this profession sounds good to you, we can help you get the security guard training you’ll need to find a job in security management.
How did you become a security guard?
When I got a job at Frederick and Nelson department store in 1980, I didn’t even know they had security guards. I’d stand there and look up and see these guys wearing jeans and sneakers chasing people out the door who were carrying toasters. I thought, hey, I want that job. So I applied to get into retail theft. You basically wander around all day looking for people who are shoplifting.
I did that for a long time, until I was recruited by my current boss. I wanted to get out of retail. Even though I loved the work, the hours were tough. A campus job offered medical and dental benefits, and it was a whole different kind of security work.
What do you most enjoy about the work you do now?
I like working with the students. I like to be able to help with problems or facilitate getting outside help. We deal with a lot of things: assaults, domestic violence, theft, stalking, fights. We interact with the police department and the fire department. I’ve had people come back and thank me for calling the fire department, even though they didn’t want me to at the time.
What other parts of the job make a difference?
I’ve dealt with women who are being assaulted by partners at home. We provide information and the support to help them get out of life-threatening situations. It’s rewarding to find out when they can get out of that situation and continue with their education.
What are the perks of the job?
I don’t have to sit at a desk. I get to walk around a lot. I also enjoy putting together reports because of the precision they require. Incidents are like puzzles, and I like putting them together in a cohesive way. The busier I am the happier I am, and the more I can help people the better it is.
What skills are most important to be a security guard?
Being able to spell correctly and articulate clearly. You must put down enough information on a curt report so you will be able to remember the incident—sometimes years later. I can’t tell you some of the egregious reports I’ve seen.
I’ve also seen officers in court getting a hard time for misspelling or using a word they can’t explain. The defense attorney will nail them in court, “What are you, stupid? Did you graduate from high school?”
Another important skill is patience, which is something I’ve had to learn. Things don’t always happen quickly, or turn out the way you would like them to.
What’s a typical day like for a security guard?
I issue parking tickets. We have medical calls. Some days we have a stolen car, or more often a car prowl. I take reports, and explain to people how to contact the police, and talk them through contacting their insurance. I walk around a lot, talk to people and give directions.
Sometimes someone will come up and say “I want to talk to you about this, I just want to run something by you,” and they don’t want to make a report, they just want to know how to handle something. It’s not always a security issue, but I try to get them going in the right direction.
I do some first aid. We have a culinary department, and students are always cutting themselves and getting burned. Sometimes I just help them clean and bandage the wound. If they need stitches, we get them to emergency.
Any advice for people interested in becoming a security guard?
This is not a job to go into if you want people to like you. Sometimes you have to make decisions that are really unpopular. You deal with issues that are uncomfortable for the victim. Part of your job is to make it easy and comfortable for them to report what’s going on.
If you take things personally, or the sight of blood makes you sick, or you have issues with confrontation, this is not the job for you. You need to think on your feet and make decisions quickly.
It can be really rewarding. I’ve developed a relationship with a lot of students, watched them grow up on campus. It’s great to see people learn a skill, open up, and start engaging with the world around them.