What experience do you have that relates to security?

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Alternate Questions:


  • Have you ever worked in the security industry?
  • Are you customer-service oriented? Do you have any private security guard experience?

This question is asked to assess your suitability and aptitude for this job. You should answer with relevant experience, or other factors which might help you, like fitness training or martial arts, etc.
Candidates with no relevant experience


Possible Answer 1:

I have always been interested in fitness and athletics. This led me to get trained in martial arts. The martial arts training helped me by improving my attitude and self-control.

I am passionate about using my skills to keep the world a safer place. So I am interested in security related and paramilitary services.

Candidates with some relevant experience


Here, you should highlight the specific portions of your previous job that will fit the requirement of the job you are applying for.

Possible Answer 2:

I served in the police force for 10 years. Recently I was injured on the job. So wanted to get out of the streets, mainly because my family will not have to constantly worry about me.

As a veteran police officer, I believe a security guard / officer position would best fit my skills and abilities. So I believe that I would be an ideal candidate for the position.

Possible Answer 3:

For five years I was a front office salesman for the XYC Corporation, which is the largest seller of ABC product in the U.S. So I have routinely engaged with people from all walks of life and all age groups.

To be a successful front office salesman of such a busy store, you need to be very observant and vigilant when you’re manning the desk.This translates to a lot of expertise in people management.

This skill, I believe, will help me greatly in my work as a security guard as I can anticipate people’s reaction to most ordinary and out of the ordinary situations.

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