Interview Questions

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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?

Revision as of 18:44, 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

Questions to Ask

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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