AmeriCorps
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AmeriCorps AmeriCorps* Vista Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 13, 2014
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AmeriCorps VISTA Interview

AmeriCorps VISTA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at AmeriCorps in April 2014.

Interview Details – applied to americorps online, sent in resume to listed contact on americorps website just to be safe, received phone interview next day from a woman different than the listed contact, scheduled interview for later that week. Was supposed to find out three days later yes or no and never heard back...

Interview Question – How do you handle change?   Answer Question

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AmeriCorps VISTA Interview

AmeriCorps VISTA

I applied online and interviewed at AmeriCorps.

Interview Details – Varies a lot based on the site--had interviews over Skype and phone, with some sites doing multiple rounds of interviews.
Common questions across all were, "How prepared are you to live on the [low] VISTA living allowance?" "How are your Spanish skills? [since I was interviewing for Spanish-speaking nonprofits]"

Interview Question – How prepared are you to live on the VISTA living allowance?   View Answer

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AmeriCorps VISTA Interview

AmeriCorps VISTA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at AmeriCorps in May 2013.

Interview Details – It really depends on the organizations you apply to - I applied to many positions but only heard back from a couple, and the first organization to get back to me was the first one I accepted.

Interview Question – There wasn't anything particularly challenging as far as questions asked. Do your research on the organization and what they do.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation. Also, not enough information given to me about the stipend (very very little to live on especially in the Bay Area), or any assistance even though I was from out of town and had never been to the area. Again do your research on the area and whether you can actually afford to live there on the stipend.

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AmeriCorps* Vista Interview

AmeriCorps* Vista

I applied through college or university and interviewed at AmeriCorps.

Interview Details – The questions are pretty much expected. Questions usually are bases around the job description and skills so look at that before the interview. Prior experience in the area of service is greatly preferred. Don't worry if you're not bilingual. Usually one interview (phone or on person) and then find out about 2 weeks later of hired.

Interview Question – Questions are pretty standard. Make sure you show your passion for the work you will being doing and any understanding/experience you have with poverty.   Answer Question

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Americorps-Vista Interview

Americorps-Vista
Dallas, TX

The process took a day - interviewed at AmeriCorps in April 2010.

Interview Details – I heard about the position through my university's job posting website. I was able to send in my resume and complete the application process by going online through the AmeriCorps website. I received an e-mail a couple of days afterwards letting me know of my interview date.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself.   Answer Question
  • Why are you interested in AmeriCorps? Have you had any leadership experience in the past? What are your future plans?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation when it comes to the AmeriCorps stipend. You get paid bi weekly and there is an educational award at the end.

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AmeriCorps VISTA Interview

AmeriCorps VISTA
New England (Jamaica)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at AmeriCorps in May 2013.

Interview Details – Online Americorps application system is a mess, especially the the references part -- so many of the emails are flagged as spam. Once I got through that, had a smooth interview with the site supervisor, was offered the position about two weeks later and accepted. Gave my month's notice to my boss at my job the next day.
A week and a half later, I was contacted by the project VISTA leader (site supervisor's supervisor) who said I needed to interview with her. A few days after that, the statewide VISTA administrator said I needed to interview with her, too. Both said the site supervisor had no authority to hire me without their approval. I almost cried -- I thought I had the job, and had given my notice accordingly. The site supervisor later told me the interviews were just for paperwork's sake, but it was still very disconcerting.

Interview Question – "Can you do grungier?" I showed up for the interview in a business suit. Site supervisor told me, since the position is for a food justice organization that does community gardens/farming, I should dress for unexpected agricultural adventures each day rather than the business-casual that VISTA had recommended.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was none. VISTA sets the stipend and you either accept that or you don't.

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