I had an interview today and one of the questions was, "What professional experiences have you had that would help you to work in the correctional setting and deal with inmates?
I had trouble with this one. What kind of answer are they looking for? I am a new grad and I have not worked as a nurse yet. I have worked in restaurants. I have volunteered at Orphanages and homeless shelters. I mentioned something about being able to work with a diverse population, but i didn't know what else to say...
Can anyone help with a good way to answer this question?
Good response. Honesty is the best policy. If you have had to deal with difficult customers, and what restaurant worker hasn't, you could have mentioned that and a specific instance. Working in orphanages and homeless shelters has given you experience with people who find themselves in a less than perfect or acceptable situation who are either in the first stages of realizing thier current status or who have developed skills in coping. Since inmates are in a situation that is forced upon them from the outside the experiences that you had had and the knowledge that you have gained is of transferable importance. If you face the question again, just a suggestion. Don't you just love the unexpected in an interview - yuck. Good luck and welcome.
Last edit by travduck on Jan 3, '10
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