Interview Questions

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''(recommend turning any response from a negative into a positive, as well as in most responses.)''
''(recommend turning any response from a negative into a positive, as well as in most responses.)''
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* Why the Peace Corps?
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* Why do you want to volunteer?
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* Why the areas of volunteer work you chose?
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'''MOTIVATION / COMMITMENT'''
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* Do you have any experience in those fields?
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* What motivates you to seek a service position as a Peace Corps Volunteer? How does Peace Corps service fit into your long range plans?
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* What's rewarding about your volunteer work and what have you learned from it?
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* What, if anything, might keep you from completing a 27-month commitment to Peace Corps Service?
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* Give an example of a leadership position you had
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* Do you have a specific geographic preference? If yes: what is the reason for your preference and how flexible are you? If there are specific regions where you are unwilling to serve: what are your reasons and what is your degree of flexibility?
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** Describe a situation where you had to exhibit or use leadership skills.
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** Have you ever had to take leadership in an unstructured setting?
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** In your leadership position(s), how did you train or lead people?
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'''PRODUCTIVE COMPETENCE'''
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* Tell about an experience when you were able to transfer some knowledge or skill to someone who was different from yourself.
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* Please tell me about your most successful experience in a leadership role. Be as specific as possible.
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** What did you learn about your interpersonal skills from that experience?  
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* Please tell me 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?
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** What did you learn about the other person?
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* Please tell me about the most frustrating experience you have had when working with others. Specifically, how did you manage that frustration?
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* Tell about a time when you worked in an unstructured or ambiguous situation?
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* Please tell me 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?
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** How did you approach the task at hand? What did you learn about your personal strengths from that experience?
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* All Peace Corps Volunteers learn a new language. Have you studied a second language?  
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* How do you deal with confrontation?
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** If so, what challenges did you face and what level of facility did you achieve?
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* Discuss a situation where you had to make a difficult decision and how people dealt with it/ you dealt with it.
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** What aptitudes or abilities can you draw on to help you succeed in learning a new language?
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* What frustrates you and how do you deal with it?
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** What causes the most stress in your life and how do you deal with it?  
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* How do you feel about any of the following and how do you think you could deal with that?
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'''MATURITY'''
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** Living somewhere with no running water or no hot water?
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* What situations do you typically find stressful? What do you currently do to reduce stress?
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** Living somewhere isolated?
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* When you are overseas, circumstances and/or cultural norms may prevent you from employing your usual ways of managing stress, boredom, and loneliness. You will also most likely be out of touch with your familiar support group.
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** Being away from home and family?
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** In such a situation, what alternative outlets might you use?
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** Trying new foods?
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** If your support group currently plays a critical role in helping you cope with stress, how will you manage without them?
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** Being in a country that has alcohol as a key drink?
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* What is the longest you have been physically separated from important people (family, friends, romantic interests, etc.) in your life? What was the most difficult part of being away from those closest to you? How did you cope?
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** Being in a country with no alcohol?
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* What kind of support have you received from those closest to you on your decision to join the Peace Corps?
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** Being in a country with strict gender roles?
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* Has anyone close to you opposed your decision to join Peace Corps? If so, who was it? What were his/her concerns? How have you responded to them?
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** Being in a country with a lack of privacy?
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* One’s ability to work through and resolve differences or conflict is often tested in cross-cultural situations. Please tell me about a specific situation, one we haven’t already discussed, when you needed to work through a disagreement or difference of opinion. Were you able to reach a resolution? How, specifically, did you do that?
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** Being isolated?
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* If you weren’t able to resolve the conflict, what prevented you from doing so? In retrospect, is there anything you would do differently?
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** Being in a country with possible minority challenges?  
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* How long have you been away from home before?
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* What do you do for fun?
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'''SOCIAL SENSITIVITY / CULTURAL AWARENESS'''
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* Have you ever had French/Spanish? How would you feel about learning it now?
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* In some countries, tattoos, body piercing, or unusual hairstyles may be culturally unacceptable. To be a successful Volunteer in such a country, you would have to modify your appearance so that it conforms to local norms. Are you willing to make such an adjustment? Give an example of a time that you had to modify your appearance.
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* Do you have a religious preference of the country you go to?
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* The following are issues that you may face in your country of service. Please note any concerns:
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* Explain your preferences for geographic locations and jobs.
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** different and/or lack of familiar foods
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* Are you in a relationship? Tell me about it. (if so, you will have an additional form to complete)
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** different living conditions
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* How does PC fit into your long term career/life goals?
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** lack of privacy; isolation
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* Tell me about a time when you had to change or modify your behavior to fit in culturally.
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** prescribed gender roles 
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* How is your support network at home--friends and family?
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** possible minority challenges
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** Do you solve problems/can handle things independently or do you need to always call someone for help/advice.
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** personal religious requirements/possible lack of access to your own religious services
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** Is there anyone who disagrees with your decision?
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** living in a culture where alcohol may be widely consumed and accepted/living in a culture that prohibits the use of alcohol altogether
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*** How do you feel about that?
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==Questions to Ask==
 
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Besides giving answers you are happy with, something that is quite important, sometimes overlooked, and the interviewer is really interested in are the questions you ask them.  They want to see that you know about the organization, you've done some research, but that you are still seeking more knowledge about the Peace Corps. Keep in mind that you may ''think'' you know the answer to something, but most likely, you only know part of it, so ask anyway!
 
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* Ask about the recruiters/interviewers experience in the Peace Corps.
 
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** Where and when did they go?
 
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** What was it like?
 
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** What was the most the most difficult thing they encountered?
 
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** What was the thing they least expected that happened?
 
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** What did they get out of it the most?
 
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* If you are interested in the PC Fellows program, ask about it.
 
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* How far apart are volunteers placed?
 
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* What if I get severely ill or injured and can't get to the Peace Corps office or another volunteer--what happens?
 
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* With the PCVs recently pulled out of Georgia and Bolivia--what happens to me if that should happen?
 
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** Will I be reassigned?
 
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*** Do I have more of a say on a new country?
 
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*** How long would a reassignment take?
 
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** How long will I wait to see if we go back to that country?
 
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** How do our belongings get back to us if we are very quickly evacuated?
 
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* I have heard in-country training consists of language, culture, technical, & safety--could you tell me anything more specific about it?
 
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* In some countries you can live on your own after training, and in others you're required to live the full 2 years with a host family, is that correct?
 
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** In countries where its required to live with a host family, why is that required?
 
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** How is a host family chosen?
 
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* How much of your work as a volunteer is completed solely by you and how much does the Peace Corps help with?
 
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** If you are having trouble getting your project started, does the Peace Corps provide any help?
 
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* If I am nominated, what can I do to make myself more competitive for placement?
 
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* What steps do they take to make sure they are providing their volunteers with the safest environment possible?
 
==External Links==
==External Links==
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[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN1kSo-TbFA YouTube Peace Corps Interview]
[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN1kSo-TbFA YouTube Peace Corps Interview]
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[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peacecorps2/ PeaceCorps2 Yahoo Group]

Revision as of 18:11, 20 October 2008

Contents


Many applicants first big fear is the interview. Who likes an interview? You want to feel prepared, but not overly prepared, but definitely not in the dark. The key to the Peace Corps interview is to dress professionally like you would to any job interview (slacks, button up collared shirt, tie, skirt, suit, dress shoes, blouse, primped), relax and be comfortable (many people attribute a Peace Corps interview to being like talking with an old friend about why you are joining), and be informed about the Peace Corps (but be prepared to ask questions). An interview may last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Interview Questions

These questions have been compiled by various sources who have been interviewed during their application process. In general, it has been agreed by those who've looked at this list that this is a pretty concrete list of the questions that you will be asked during the interview. The list may not be word for word, but nearly all these questions will be asked in one wording or another, and one order or another. Usually there are a couple extra or a couple they don't ask, but they all sort of fall in sync with this list. Finally, this list should be used as a guide, only to look at so you can start thinking about the interview, get general ideas of how you might respond.

(recommend turning any response from a negative into a positive, as well as in most responses.)


MOTIVATION / COMMITMENT


PRODUCTIVE COMPETENCE


MATURITY


SOCIAL SENSITIVITY / CULTURAL AWARENESS



External Links

Peace Corps: The Interview

YouTube Peace Corps Interview

PeaceCorps2 Yahoo Group

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