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Updated Mar 6, 2014
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OMS Interview

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Interviewed at Peace Corps

Interview Details – Very thorough. Background check required

Interview Question – Nothing out of the ordinary.   Answer Question

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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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Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer

Interviewed at Peace Corps

Interview Details – Some people are interviewed over the phone I was interviewed in person. Peace corps has a long application but it has changed since I did it. The interview process is simple, they ask questions to see if you are the type of person that would last in a demanding and foreign environment.

Interview Question – How would you deal with people who discriminated against you?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There really isn't one, you signed up to basically work for free. Hope you like it!

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Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer

I applied online and the process took 11 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

Interview Details – First, you must fill out a rather lengthy application. Once that is approved, you must have a background check, and then a medical check. The medical check is meant to ensure that you are healthy enough to serve for 27 months in a rural area with limited access to medical care. You will have an in-person interview, during which the interviewer must read questions from a script and he/she must write your answers down verbatim (this can be a bit awkward as they scribble away). Later, you will have a phone interview or two. Finally, you will receive your invitation to serve along with information about your program (English education, health education, small business development, etc) and your country of service. The whole process usually takes about a year.

Interview Question – Can you handle sexual harassment?   View Answer

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Agriculture Volunteer Interview

Anonymous Employee

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

Interview Details – Interview was long and had a lot of hard questions. Prepare by going over what you want to tell the interviewer.

Interview Question – Give an example of a rule that you disagreed with. What did you do about it?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Nothing is negotiable. Every volunteer in the country gets the same salary. You're given a country and if you decline, you might not get another offer.

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Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

Interviewed at Peace Corps

Interview Details – Applied through university career center for a FWS job, got an email from the peace corps for a phone interview, emailed acceptance. they asked "what is one of your weaknesses, relationship with superiors (since I was a freshmen and had no official job experience yet probably), what makes you unique

Interview Question – what is your weakness   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – veyr flexible with my hours

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Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer
Conakry (Guinea)

I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Peace Corps in April 2008.

Interview Details – Very long process; takes at least 4 months.

Interview Question – You can find all of the questions online; nothing is unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation; you take it or leave it: no choice about where you go, either.

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Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Volunteer Interview

Volunteer

I interviewed at Peace Corps in May 2009.

Interview Details – The interview was quite simple. I was asked questions about my past experience abroad, how I felt in cross-cultural settings, what program area I felt my skills were most suited to, and what challenges I anticipated as a volunteer. I got the feeling that it was unlikely I would say anything that would negatively affect my application. The recruiter was pleasant and the process was smooth. I went on to serve happily and successfully as a volunteer for three years.

However, I've since learned that the organization accepts pretty much everyone who can clear the lengthy medical screening process. The applicant/volunteer's actual ability to serve only becomes truly apparent once he or she is out in the field, and this ability is hard to accurately assess in a brief interview in the States.

Interview Question – How would you feel about changing your manner of dress or self-presentation to better fit in with a local population? (I am a female, and at the time of my interview I had VERY short hair.)   View Answer

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Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Anonymous Employee

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

Interview Details – I applied online, received a packet of info to fill out. Completed this over a long time frame (medical evaluations). Called in for interview and told I was in before it was over

Interview Question – Nothing too difficult.   Answer Question

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Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Anonymous Employee

The process took a day - interviewed at Peace Corps in March 2010.

Interview Details – The 1 on 1 interview consisted of a series of questions such as "Are you willing to suffer a lot in a foreign country?". I said "yes". This went on for a while. I was assigned a sector in a highly arbitrary way, asked in which general region I would rather live, and 2 years of my future were sealed with a split second decision by my interviewer. He also spent the entire interview typing what I was saying verbatim, which I found highly disconcerting.

Interview Questions

  • "Will you be able to handle living in a foreign country, sacrificing your favorite foods, friends, and modern conveniences?"   View Answer
  • Do you speak any foreign languages?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is none.

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