Interview Tips for Security Guards

A security guard is able to start work after a series of formalities and rigorous training courses. After a long and time consuming process, getting the security guard license in itself is considered to be an achievement. The guard then starts applying for jobs at companies that he thinks, is suitable for him and is thrilled when he gets called for an interview. This is where the real trick begins. Clearing interviews for working as security guards is not exactly a challenge or a complex process. However it requires immense presence of mind and application of common sense for most of the answers. The key to clearing these kind of interviews is to quote many previous examples that explain about one’s personal character and responsibilities so that the prospective employer is convinced that he is the right person for the job.

Previous Work Experience

This is one quality that most of the interviewers look at closely. Top priority is given for people from the army, military, law enforcement of police departments (Such candidates may also get a higher than average security guard salary). Candidates who are fresh out of training institutes need not feel disheartened, though. It is all about articulation of thoughts and actions. If a candidate is able to speak with passion and clarity, has a reasonable decision making capacity, has a flair for protecting people and property, gets a high thinking of the risk and adventures in the job, then he is the right fit for the job irrespective of whether he is a fresher or an experienced professional. Hence the candidate must talk with supreme confidence and make the interviewer convinced that nobody else would fit the job better than him.


Security guards have to be highly trust worthy because their clients entrust them with valuable life or property or both. Hence interviewers look for honesty in the answers that the candidate provides. The candidate should quote examples from his previous employment or his training days (if he is a fresher) about incidents where he has acted responsibly or where he had the opportunity of safeguarding anything or anybody. These examples go a long way in the confidence that the interviewer starts building in the candidate. Confidence leads to conviction, which eventually leads to a job offer.

Problem solving skills

The interviewer might give examples of many mock scenarios and ask the candidate to give apt solutions for them. The candidate must first analyze each and every situation thoroughly, take time to come up with solutions, have back up plans in place and explain clearly and confidently to the interviewers that there are many ways of looking at a problem and there is no one way that is right or wrong. Employers are sure to be impressed by the way the candidates think. The practical and thought provoking approach of the candidates induces the interviewers to give them letters offering employment. The candidate must use the opportunities to his benefit and take the whole interview process in a very calm and poised manner.

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