An interview can be a terrifying process for anyone, especially if you are not prepared for the interview. If you are at the interview stage for a security position, then you have already submitted a resume to the company for review and they have called you in above other applicants as they narrow down their selection process.

The first thing you can do for any interview, particularly a security guard interview, is to ensure that you are well groomed. Your appearance is a vital part of your interview process. Being well groomed means that you are showered, hair is kept off of the face, and appropriate clothing is worn. For women this means a blouse, skirt, and heels, and for men it means a suit or slacks and a button-down shirt. Within the first few seconds of meeting you, an interviewer will have assessed your appearance and made a judgment. No matter your level of experience you should ensure that you are well groomed.

You should arrive fifteen minutes prior to the interview. Any sooner and you are too early and therefore interrupting another interview, but any later and you do not have time to take deep breathes and sign in. You should try driving the necessary route between your home and the location of the interview during the same time before the day of the interview. For instance, if you interview is at 10am on a Wednesday, you should try driving that route on a Tuesday so that you can determine the amount of time it will take you to get there, traffic and parking included. This will help you to arrive at your interview on time.

You should research the company for which you are applying prior to arriving on the scene and generate a few questions to ask the interviewers at the end that apply specifically to the company and the potential position. This will demonstrate to the interviewers that you
conducted research, you are serious about the position, and that you have an understanding of the requirements of the position and want to be as prepared as possible for the position.

While you already submitted a copy of your resume, you should bring a hard copy with you to the interview just in case. Once you check in make sure you have used the restroom and brought something to calm your nerves. Your phone should be turned off, not on vibrate, but off during the interview. You should ensure that you are smiling and when you meet the interviewer or interviewers that you shake their hand, returning the same amount of pressure that they exert. Walk with confidence and once inside of the interview location you should match the posture of the interviewers. Do not sit stiff with your shoulders back if they are lounging comfortably and slouching.

During the interview you will be asked a variety of questions that cover your past experience. Security guard positions generally hire younger guards, former officers, or former military. Therefore your resume might explain your positions but in the interview you are given a chance to explain your knowledge of the importance of the role of security guard and how your previous experience relates to the position at hand. This is where you can discuss previous training which is applicable to the current position and how you will be a useful asset to the company.

You will also be judged for honesty and truth because as a security guard you are given access to lots of locations and information where you work. This is why it is important to hire honest and trustworthy individuals. The questions asked here will consist of things such as “have you ever lied?” or “what would you do if you discovered that another guard was accessing information that you did not think was important but that they still should not have been accessing?”. You should be prepared to answer such questions.

 If you are hired as a Security Guard you will be responsible for a wide range of duties. These duties are dependent upon your particular position and the company you work for. As a guard you will be performing tasks not entirely different from that of a police officer. The main differences are that you will have far less power and responsibilities. Refer to the following for a descriptions of duties you may perform as a security guard.

Observe and Report – As a Security Guard you are required to patrol within the vicinity of your post and observe/report on your findings. You are responsible to report any kind of infraction or nuissence that may occur on the property you are guarding. Some security companies will require you to submit a daily report to your superior officer. During your training you will be given in-depth information on how to properly fill out these reports.

Surveillance- Security guards are required to perform surveillance on the property they are guarding. This may either include foot patrol surveillance, video screen monitoring, or both. During surveillance the guard must look for any suspicious behavior on the premises Every position is different, some guards are required to perform constant surveillance while some will require much less.

Enforcement- Since there will likely be no police officers around, you are responsible for the enforcement of the law on and around your post. As a Security Guard your training grants you the “power of arrest.” This title is not the same as that of a police officer. Your right to assist in an arrest is the same as that of a “citizens arrest.” Your training will detail the extent of your right to arrest a perpetrator.

Inspections- Security Guards are inspect persons who enter the building. Commonly this involves a metal detector and a light frisk. Those who work at locations such as airports and mail companies may be required to assist in the process of parcel/package inspections. Your training will thoroughly prepare you for such inspections.

Emergencies- If an emergency should occur on the property you are working on, you will be the first responder. Different emergencies will require different reactions from you, but usually the first step will be to contact the police. In the case that someone is injured you may assist in basic first-aid (depending on the severity of the injury).

The Security company you work for may require additional duties that are not listed here. Consider asking a company representative or officer as to which duties you will have to accomplish for your particular post. Generally, the duties required of you will be low stress.