Possible Interview Questions


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Are you interviewing for a job as a security guard? It’s important to take the time to review possible interview questions for security guards. Companies are very cautious when interviewing candidates for a security guard position. After all, the safety of their employees, equipment, and facilities literally depends on hiring the right people.

When you apply for such a position, your prospective employer will look for technical abilities and relevant experience (unless it is an entry-level position.)  In addition, they’ll want to know if you have an excellent character and the ability to think on your feet. Poor interview responses can raise red flags that could cost you the job.

Lying is a No-No

That does not mean you should prepare answers designed to present a false impression (lie). For one thing, telling your interviewer what he or she wants to hear can backfire. Consequently, if you’re caught being dishonest (lying), you definitely will not be hired.

Finally, awkward or clumsy answers may signal that you did not prepare for this interview. You can improve your chances by practicing answers to these Common Interview Questions ahead of time.

Possible Interview Questions      Possible Interview Questions during Job Interview

Here are just a few of the interview questions that you may receive during a job interview for a security guard position.

1. Describe a time when you used teamwork to solve a problem at a previous security job.

If you don’t have prior experience in security, talk about how you used team-based problem-solving in some other type of position.

2Describe a time when you had to deal with an assault. How did you handle the situation? Is there anything you would have done differently?

It is ok to discuss an assault that you experienced in your personal life if you have never encountered one professionally. Incidentally, if you have never experienced an assault, do not make one up. Ask if you can describe a hypothetical situation.

3.  Tell me about a time you successfully dealt with an angry member of the public.

This question focuses on your ability to encounter anger in a calm and non-threatening way and without resorting to violence. A successful outcome in this context involves pacifying the angry person and resolving the situation. If you’ve ever worked in any kind of a customer- service role, you can easily answer this question! Remember, focus on the outcome. Therefore, go into detail about the skills and abilities you used to achieve positive results.

4.  Describe a time when you felt as if you were in physical danger on the job. How did you handle the situation?

If you have never felt threatened at work, ask if you should discuss a threat encountered in your private life. Ideally, these threats should have come from other people, because your answer is supposed to indicate how you would respond to threats in your work as a guard. If you have never felt threatened by another human being, ask if you could talk about some other form of danger (for example, an earthquake, a hurricane, a blackout, a robbery, or theft.)


5.  How do you spend downtime on the job?

Your interviewer will want to assess if you will become distracted or just loaf around. Tailor your answer to show that you can fill the hours by double-checking your reports, using the computer for work-related reasons, returning important work calls, etc. Make sure your answer is all about helping the company.

6.  How comfortable are you using computers?

As a security guard, you’ll have to use the software associated with CCTV cameras. If you have experience using CCTV equipment, say so. If not, let the interviewer know you are able to use a computer and you have the ability and willingness to learn to use new systems.

7.  What are some of your strengths on the job?

Have an answer that emphasizes the skills and requirements listed in the job listing. Make sure you match your abilities to the needs and goals of the company. Focus on how you stand out from the competition.

8.  Are you currently CPR/First Aid certified?

This is a question that has either a “yes” or “no” answer If you are in class or plan to take a class, mention it to the Interviewer. If you have researched the company ahead of time, then you are aware of the requirements and should plan accordingly.


9.  Imagine you have to handle an emergency on the 10th floor of a building, but six guests need assistance at the front desk. It’s late at night, and you are alone, for a moment, at the front desk. What would you do?

This interview question does not have a “right or correct answer.” The point is to assess how you deal with situations that have no good options. The details of this made-up situation may be different, but you should prepare yourself for this type of trick question. You could also get hypothetical questions that do have right answers, in order to test your understanding of the job’s protocols.

10.  Look at these two photos of two different people for five seconds. Then, put the photographs down and describe those two people to me.

This question could test either your powers of observation or your biases about people. Try to remember hair color, hair length, large or small nose, or the color of clothing. Were they smiling? Would you describe the people as on the heavy side or would you call them slim? Were they male or female? (Be Careful in answering this question!)

11.  Do You Have Any Questions For Me?

Around 75 percent of job seekers will say, “Nope, I think that’s everything” to this question.

This is a terrible response.

This question gives you an opportunity to stand out from the crowd and show your knowledge and interest in the company. Always have a few questions prepared and have one based around something you found when researching the company.

Do and Not Do Interview Questions

  • Firstly,  focus on questions pertaining to the company. Discuss how you may be able to solve a certain issue mentioned during the interview.
  • Secondly, ask about something you’ve discovered in your company research. This will show your knowledge of the company.
  • Next, never say, “No, I think I’m good.” Always have questions ready!
  • Don’t focus questions on yourself. Ask questions showing you want to help them.
  • Don’t ask questions that you could easily find the answers to yourself.
  • Lastly, don’t ask about time off and benefits too early in the process. (Oftentimes, this information is in the Job Posting.)

In addition, we are going to add two more interview questions you absolutely need to prepare to answer:

12.   How would you describe your work style?

13.  Why are you leaving your current employment?

In conclusion, we want you to know that the above list of interview questions is not a complete list of questions that you may be asked.  One of our Veteran Security Guards has been on over six interviews and was asked the exact same types of questions at each of those interviews. The interviews were from different companies. Currently, we are preparing this list of questions and his answers for those of you who are truly interested in acing your interview and even more serious about becoming a security guard!


Revised by Experienced Security Guard Training Help Center

 Additional Questions are by Experienced Security Guard Training Help Center

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