Prison Officer Test

A prison officer test helps employers assess whether candidates seeking a prison officer position have the necessary skills and aptitudes to perform the job well.

  • What is a prison officer test?

    A prison officer test is a means of assessing a candidate on the competencies required for a prison officer position, to determine their suitability.

    The test is a useful tool in the screening stages of the recruitment process, since it allows you to identify candidates who meet your requirements early on.

    Through a series of multiple-choice questions, the test assesses candidates in several key areas such as situational awareness, problem-solving, and comprehension.

    Candidates who score highly on the test have demonstrated they may have the inherent skills and qualities to fulfil their duties as a prison officer effectively.

About the Prison Officer Test

Prison officers are responsible for supervising and overseeing the safety and security of inmates, as well as helping to train and rehabilitate them. The job is highly demanding and requires a wide range of skills such as good judgement, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.

Picked's prison officer test allows you to assess which candidates in your talent pool possess these skills, so you can advance the most suitable candidates through to the next stage of selection.

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  • Why should you use a prison officer test for recruiting?

    Being a prison officer is a difficult job and is certainly not for everyone. The position requires a specific set of aptitudes and traits to be successful, which are not always easy to identify using resumes or applications alone.

    Picked's prison officer test can be used as an additional layer of scrutiny in your recruitment process. The test is easily distributed to the candidates in your talent pool, providing you with comparative data.

    The test allows you to measure key skills and competencies at scale, helping to ensure you select the applicants who have the character profile and skill set to perform the role effectively.

    Candidates who score highly in the test are most likely to meet the requirements of a prison officer position, and therefore can be advanced to the next stage of the selection process, while those who underperformed can be excluded.

    This creates a more streamlined hiring process that reduces the administrative burden on your hiring team, whilst allowing for better hiring decisions to be made.

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Results for the Prison Officer Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses prison officer skills

Candidates will need to answer a range of questions that measure industry-specific technical skills where applicable, soft skills (e.g. teamwork), aptitude (e.g. verbal reasoning) and relevant personality dimensions (e.g. stress tolerance). The results present a holistic view of how well suited each candidate is for the job at hand, using a data-driven approach.

The format varies by type of question, including multiple-choice for aptitude and technical skills, situational judgement for soft skills and agreement on a Likert scale for the personality dimensions. This approach ensures candidates are being assessed in an accurate and fair manner, and that results reflect the true underlying qualities of each candidate.

The characteristics, abilities and knowledge necessary to be a prison officer were identified using the US Department of Labor's comprehensive O*NET database. O*NET is the leading source of occupational information that is constantly updated by collecting data from employees in specific job roles.

During the development process, test questions were rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. They were created by our team of I/O psychologists and psychometricians – who collaborated with subject-matter-experts – and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our prison officer test is monitored to ensure it is up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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Picked provides evidence-based recommendations for tests to use for over 750 jobs. Our recommendation engine leverages data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) developed by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).


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    All our Prison Officer tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    We offer Prison Officer tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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    Simple, easy-to-use candidate comparison reports mean you don’t need to be a psychologist to interpret them.

“We used Picked as part of our Finance Graduate Scheme recruitment and it was just what we needed – really simple to send candidates the link to complete and clear to see how they all compared. And great value for money!”
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
Christina, HR Director, Cancer Research, UK
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Written by a Prison Officer Test expert

Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Prison Officer Test FAQs

What strengths do you need to be a prison officer?

To be a prison officer, candidates should have:

  • Good situational awareness and judgement
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • An ability to react quickly
  • Critical thinking
  • Assertiveness
When in the recruitment process is it best to use a prison officer test?

We recommend you administer the prison officer test after you've shortlisted candidates from your initial applicant pool. You can then determine which of these applicants have the strongest skill set, narrowing down your selection even further, and progressing those who hold the most promise.

What is the cost for Picked's prison officer test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

“Focusing on data reduced the subjective decision making from our hiring process and allowed us to reduce bias and make better hiring decisions.”
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden
Izzie, Head of HR, iZettle, Sweden

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