Monday, July 14, 2008

Interview Questions

I'm a member on the Yahoo group peacecorps2. In the groups "files" section is a bunch of interview questions that people have had before. Some are for couples, some for vegetarians, and others are general interview questions for everyone. I don't know how accurate they are (I'll try to remember to report back after my interview), but they're good questions to review before my interview.

  • Why the Peace Corps?
  • Why do you want to volunteer?
  • Why the areas of volunteer work you chose?
  • Do you have any experience in those fields?
  • What's rewarding about your volunteer work and what have you learned from it?
  • Give an example of a leadership position you had
    • Describe a situation where you had to exhibit or use leadership skills.
    • Have you ever had to take leadership in an unstructured setting?
    • In your leadership position(s), how did you train or lead people?
  • Tell about an experience when you were able to transfer some knowledge or skill to someone who was different from yourself.
    • What did you learn about your interpersonal skills from that experience?
    • What did you learn about the other person?
  • Tell about a time when you worked in an unstructured or ambiguous situation?
    • How did you approach the task at hand? What did you learn about your personal strengths from that experience?
  • How do you deal with confrontation?
  • Discuss a situation where you had to make a difficult decision and how people dealt with it/ you dealt with it.
  • What frustrates you and how do you deal with it?
    • What causes the most stress in your life and how do you deal with it?
  • How do you feel about any of the following:
      • How do you think you could deal with that?
    • Living somewhere with no running water or no hot water?
    • Living somewhere isolated?
    • Being away from home and family?
    • Trying new foods?
    • Being in a country that has alcohol as a key drink?
    • Being in a country with no alcohol?
    • Being in a country with strict gender roles?
    • Being in a country with a lack of privacy?
    • Being isolated?
    • Being in a country with possible minority challenges?
  • How long have you been away from home before?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • Have you ever had French/Spanish? How would you feel about learning it now?
  • Do you have a religious preference of the country you go to?
  • Explain your preferences for geographic locations and jobs.
  • Are you in a relationship? Tell me about it. (if so, you will have an additional form to complete)
  • How does PC fit into your long term career/life goals?
  • I said I was interested in the PC Fellows program, and she wanted to know which one and why.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to change or modify your behavior to fit in culturally.

1 comment:

Dove Russo said...

Hi, Sara this is Dove from LivingOnCrumbs, no problem linking to my blog. I think it's great that you're trying to prepare your family like this. Good luck. Your year will totally fly by :o)