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Peace Corps Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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Peace Corps Volunter Interview

Peace Corps Volunter

Interviewed at Peace Corps

Interview Details – Submit an application and go through a long and tedious interview and placement process. Hope and pray that you pass the medical tests and 6 months to years later you may actually be sent an invitation to serve

Negotiation Details – Nonexistent


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Community Health Volunteer Interview

Community Health Volunteer

I applied online and the process took 9 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

Interview Details – Basic standard questions about past international experiences, educational background, interpersonal skills, and scenarios you would encounter at your site. Very much a conversation and the recruiter does a great job easing you into the convo.

Interview Question – How would you deal with conflicts that may arise in your organization i.e. witnessing corruption or theft within the staff?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer

Interviewed at Peace Corps

Interview Details – Very Standard
interviewed was reading right from a list of questions and typing my answers as I went - which was very distracting at times
It took about 4 months from the time my application was submitted to when I was finally interviewed

Interview Question – Most stressed period in your life and how you coped with it   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer
Miami, FL

I applied online and the process took 10 months - interviewed at Peace Corps in February 2013.

Interview Details – You apply to PC online and then receive multiple phone interviews/medical clearances. After about 6 months, you are offered a site (country)/position and you can either decline or accept. If you accept, it will be about another 4-5 months before departure.

Interview Question – In the interview, they want to make sure you're cut out for living (and succeeding) in a new culture and communicating in a different language for two years. Have specific examples prepared to prove you have what it takes.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Negative Experience

Difficult Interview

Agriculture Volunteer Interview

Agriculture Volunteer
San Francisco, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Peace Corps in February 2010.

Interview Details – Long application to fill out online. Then there are face to face interviews where answers are copied down meticulously. If you get through that process you have a long list of medical examinations. Then if your site gets rescheduled you may have to have another interview over the phone.

Interview Question – What life experiences have prepared you for experiences in Africa?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is none... You get paid very little. It's about the experience.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer

I applied online and the process took 9 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

Interview Details – I recommend starting the application process 6-12 months before you intend to serve. The process is lengthy due to the extensive medical and background check. Once you pass the medical/background portion you will be contacted for an interview. The interview is typically done in person, however, mine was done via Skype. My interview lasted 2 hours.

Interview Questions

  • What are your coping mechanisms?   Answer Question
  • How would you feel about living and working in a culture where men and women are not treated as equals?   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer
Madison, WI

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Peace Corps in March 2014.

Interview Details – The application was extensive but could be completed fairly easily online, then was contacted by a recruiter for a 15 min phone conversation. Then there was the interview which lasted 1.5 hours. It was very friendly and was more like a conversation. Be sure to prepare for the in-person interview by googling "peace corps" interview.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had trouble following a rule.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer
Seattle, WA

I applied online and the process took 12 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

Interview Details – It is a complicated application with many essays followed by an in person interview and finally you need to pass medical test which can be difficult.

Interview Question – Do you have experience living or working with different cultures? Please describe. How do you handle conflict. Describe a time.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer
Tampa, FL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 12 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

Interview Details – After researching to see if the Peace Corps is right for you, you can go on their website to find out where the closest recruiting officer is. You can schedule to make an appointment. When I met with mine she talked to me about the various types of positions volunteers can have and what types of projects they work on. I filled out the application and waited to hear back from DC. After I was given the green light, I completed a background check to show that I wasn't in any financial or legal trouble and also a medical exam to show I was healthy enough to go live in the woods for 2 years. Once this was all completed and turned in to DC I waited to hear if I was accepted. From start to end the process took 16 months.

Interview Question – The hardest part is the medical examination because many small problems in the states can disqualify you since many locations lack access to good medical facilities.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There's no negotiation, but you're not joining the Peace Corps for the money


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer

I applied through college or university and the process took 6+ months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

Interview Details – The point of the interview process is to make sure that you are going to be able to excel for 2 years of service. This means if you can be a self starter, be away from friends and family and find happiness, and if you can be culturally sensitive and accepting. Don't try and work the system, because all the people that leave service are because of these reasons, be honest with the situation, and if you are a good fit, congrats! If not, there are plenty other service opportunities that aren't as intense a commitment, not everyone is meant to be a Peace Corps volunteer, and the investment is in training, so they are trying to find those that have that special something before the investment.

Interview Question – Tell about a challenging situation and what you did to overcome it.   Answer Question

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