Security Guard


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Candidates typically need about 45 minutes to complete our full-length job-specific assessments. Our short versions take less than half that time. Like our standard assessments, these tests are based on the U.S. Government Occupational Information Network (O*Net). They do not contain the animated simulation module, however, though they still provide valuable information about all critical performance-related dimensions. Additionally, the short versions optionally include 1-2 virtual video interview questions! Click below for more information:

Security Guard (Short)

Security Guard

Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Lock doors and gates of entrances and exits to secure buildings.
  • Answer alarms and investigate disturbances.
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
  • Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Patrol industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates.
  • Operate detecting devices to screen individuals and prevent passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas.

About the test (Full Version)

The HR Avatar Security Guard Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Security Guard test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Memory / Attention to Detail / Logic & Reasoning
  Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
  • Adaptability / Flexibility
  • Conscientiousness
  • Reliability
  • Service Orientation
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Empathy and Emotional Self-Control

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:33-9032.00
Simulation Context:Basic Service Worker
O*Net Context:Protective Service
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$28,500 or less
Bottom 25%:
$31,660 or less
$37,070 (Average)
Top 25%:
$44,630 or more
Top 10%:
$57,400 or more

Hourly US Wages (2023)
Bottom 10%:
$13.70 or less
Bottom 25%:
$15.22 or less
$17.82 (Average)
Top 25%:
$21.46 or more
Top 10%:
$27.60 or more

US Employment Statistics
2032 (projected):
Annual U.S. Job Openings:150,300

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Public Safety and Security
  • English Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • Telecommunications
  • Law and Government
Top Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Coordination
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Active Learning
Top Abilities
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Far Vision
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Selective Attention
  • Oral Expression
  • Speech Clarity
  • Speech Recognition
  • Deductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
Some College:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
3 - 6 Months:
6 Months - 1 Year:
1 - 2 Years:
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

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Related Jobs based on Skills & Abilities: Transportation Security Screeners, Transit and Railroad Police, Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers, Public Safety Telecommunicators, Crossing Guards and Flaggers, Parking Enforcement Workers, First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives, Correctional Officers and Jailers, Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers, First-Line Supervisors of Firefighting and Prevention Workers, Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance, Detectives and Criminal Investigators, Fire Inspectors and Investigators, Retail Loss Prevention Specialists, Airfield Operations Specialists, Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians

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