Rapid Staff Hiring Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
On March 30, 2020, Corrections launched rapid staff hiring - statewide recruitment for all facilities. Using an expedited process, the department expects to recruit, screen, interview, test and train new limited-scope Correctional Officer 1's (CO1s) in a 32-day period.
What is Rapid Hiring for Correctional Officer 1 (CO1)?
The department is implementing an expedited hiring and training process for ‘Limited Scope Correctional Officer 1 (CO1)’ positions. The first step to becoming a Correctional Officer is to apply online! Search for current opportunities with the job title of 'Correctional Officer 1, Limited Scope'.
What is the rapid hiring process and how quickly can I start?
Using an expedited process, the department expects to recruit, screen, interview, test and train new limited-scope Correctional Officer 1's (CO1s) in a 32-day period. To learn more about the rapid hiring process, see Rapid Staff Hiring - Expedited CO1 Recruitment and Training.
Are job interviews happening in-person or online?
Hiring managers are responsible for coordinating interviews, but in general, first interviews are usually conducted by phone with follow-up interviews either in-person or video conference. We recommend that the social distancing protocols from the Washington State Department of Health be followed during in-person interviews (don’t shake hands, sit 6 feet apart, etc.).
What if I don’t feel well on the day of my in-person interview?
If you are sick on the day of your interview, please contact the hiring manager to reschedule. Applicants coming on-site will be screened and asked a series of health questions. Individuals displaying symptoms of illness will not be permitted entrance.
Are the positions you are hiring for required to work in a prison or in the medical centers or can I work from home?
Telework is highly encouraged for positions with duties that can be accomplished remotely. However, most Department of Corrections (DOC) positions require you to be present on-site in our prison facilities. From correctional officers and health services employees, correctional cooks and support staff, our incarcerated population are counting on DOC staff to provide on-site expertise and service.
Do you have any advice for how I should prepare for rapid hiring interviews?
- Test your technology — Make sure your internet connection and video conferencing program are both working well prior to your interview.
- Dress appropriately (if video conferencing) — Dressing for success is no less important for remote interviews. Dress smartly, like you would for an in-person interview, and ensure your surroundings are tidy.
- Be prepared — Do your homework just as you would for any other interview, rehearsing your responses to key interview questions and preparing your own questions for the interviewer.
- Be personable — Make eye-contact and generally engage with the interviewer to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role (if video teleconferencing).
- Remove distractions — Ensure you’re fully engaged with the interviewer by removing all distractions, including your cell phone.
- Follow-up — Send a follow-up note to your interviewer, thanking them for their time.