Peace Corps Interview Questions

Updated Sep 6, 2014
Updated Sep 6, 2014
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  1.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Portland, ME
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, ME
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 8 months - interviewed at Peace Corps in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough interview by the recruiter. Lots of questions about my background and flexibility and anticipated challenges. Interviewer read thru my entire application packet and asked many questions. Asked about my geographic preferences for where I'd like to be placed but it was important to show flexibility re a potential assignment (eg don't say that you'll only go to country x)

    Negotiation Details
    Minimal
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Technical Trainer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Kingston (Jamaica)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Kingston (Jamaica)
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Peace Corps in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    Very transparent advertising process for the job. The application process is very specific . Long application that must be tailored to the knowledge , skills and abilities (KSA's) of peace corps . Interviewing is by panel, there is a point scoring method. The process is explained at the beginning of interview . Members of the panel take turns . Interview may take up to 1hour. Friendly staff , work environment is not very intense, maybe because its bit about meeting monetary deadlines. I have heard of culture clashes between interviewers and my colleagues( Americans and locals ) but nothing major.

    Interview Questions
    • Make a presentation to the panel on an area which you might be presenting on to volunteers   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    It's a non-negotiable offer . Salary was already stated in job advert .
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Agriculture Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    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 Questions
    • 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
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Country Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 12 months - interviewed at Peace Corps in August 2010.

    Interview Details

    This is a government agency and the hiring process is lengthy for overseas jobs. Once you get to the interview stage, though, Peace Corps' core values come through at every stage. They are genuinely nice people! Once you successfully complete the interview process, your name goes on a roster of eligible candidates and you wait for an opening to come up that fits your qualifications. It was about 15 months end to end.

    Interview Questions
    • A scenario posed by the director of the agency about volunteer support.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Short. There is very little negotiation.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Country Desk Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process included an initial panel interview including potential colleagues and a final interview with the Regional Director and the Chief of Operations

    Interview Questions
    • The questions were largely situational. For example, the interviewer presents you with a possible situation and you have to discuss how you would respond.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Brief. It was an entry level job and I accepted the salary offered.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Department: Director of Programming and Training Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    Apply on line - process takes 2-6 months. Security background check takes av. 6 weeks additional.

    Interview Questions
    • Hiring is often done by the Country Director of the post in question - they may involve some members of their staff in the telephone interview. There tend to be many "scenario" questions - usually about three.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very long interview process. Phone interview, in person interview. Medical and dental evaluations and more phone interviews with headquarters. Application process took me two years from start to finish (placement notification).

    Interview Questions
    • Would you be willing to change your physical appearance?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Regional Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Minneapolis, MN
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    Interviewed with two people. Could correctly anticipate questions based on responsibilities of the position - recruiting, public speaking, interviewing.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Peace Corps in January 2009.

    Interview Details

    Online application with recommendations and essays, in person interview with recruiter, nomination via phone, medical & background check, invitation

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Regional Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Saint Petersburg (Russia)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months - interviewed at Peace Corps in June 2008.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process is somewhat lengthy. It involves a resume screen through a government portal. There are multiple KSA's (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) questions that required detailed responses. The application itself is much more than a resume, it's a deep dive into your background and experience. Be prepared.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to describe what I thought made me a good recruiter, though I had never been a recruiter before. I also hadn't spoken much English in the two years prior, so the 5 interviews were somewhat difficult, especially since they were by telephone from 6000 miles away. The questions as a whole were fair, having to do with motivation, commitment, my own experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and how I envisioned the job after having read the job description and spoken with a few people along the way.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    It was conducted by a Human Resources Generalist who sat in the HQ in DC. The position was based in Dallas and I had never spoken to this person before. They had not heard any information about my candidacy so the formula for my salary was based solely off of my prior experience and not what I had to offer the role. It was difficult to convey this information in the 10 minute call that was scheduled, so that was a little frustrating.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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