Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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- No OfferNeutral Experience
I heard back from them after completing the application process in about a month. After finally scoring an interview that I thought went well had to wait months to be told that there is applicants more qualified than myself. When I had to fill out paperwork for a MIP from years ago they asked questions that made it feel like I was a drug addict.
- Why are you qualified for this position Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Peace Corps in September 2015.
Quick, mostly painless, but very formulaic and structured. My interview was conducted remotely, as I believe all of them now are. It was difficult to determine whether an answer was positive or negative, as interviewers are clearly well-trained to avoid giving much feedback during the process. The lack of follow-up is frustrating but understandable due to the volume of applicants PC is dealing with at this time.
- General Qs about cultural adaptability, teaching/volunteer experiences Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Denver, CO) in May 2010.
I attended an end of the year job fair at my school. My skillset is rather specific and I am going into a nontraditional industry for people with my degree. The recruiter that I spoke to was very excited about my resume and immediately wanted to interview me that afternoon. This was despite the fact that his was one of the few tables that specifically stated that they were not interviewing. The interview went well and turned immediately into a conversation about life rather than a formal interview. Unfortunately, after an hour, we were interrupted by someone that we had gone overtime and the room was needed. The position is setting up the marketing department at a midsized company. When we were interrupted, it became apparent that the role is a temporary issue and that the company doesn't have a set career plan for the position. 2 weeks later, I interviewed with the CEO over the phone and it also turned into a conversation. Some of my questions about the position were clarified and I was asked to turn in writing samples on the spot (without warning). 3 weeks later, the CEO contacted me to interview with the Sales Director in person on the same day. This interview was a bit more awkward since neither of us knew what we were going to talk about and the Director didn't have my resume or know about me. 2 weeks have passed and I followed up on the position. They responded that they have been too busy to make a decision or review my materials.
- Where do you see our product as being specifically applicable to other industries? 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Conakry (Guinea)) in May 2015.
I applied online on the advertisement that I got on Guinea Conakry USA ambassy web side. Then they call me after 10 days to inform me about my interview. I attended in person the interview with a group of five people.
- Describe an accomplishment from your last job/ Why are you looking for a new opportunity? 1 Answer
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Washington, DC) in April 2009.
Inefficient interview process, difficult to submit requested additional information due to government bureaucracy.
- How well can you handle difficult clients? Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Washington, DC).
It was a one time panel interview with three interviewers. Standard interview questions (tell us about yourself, describe a time when you provided customer service over the phone, describe data entry experience), then we did a role play. For the role play they gave specific company policy quickly and the interviewee had to role play a helpful employee discussing a policy with an irritated customer. After that, there was an editing quiz. The interviewee had to find all of the mistakes on a sheet of paper, and then present the mistakes.
- Tell us about a time you had a conflict at work, and how you handled it. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Sumter, SC).
I applied back in April 2015 and did all the online forms for pre medical. In June 2015 I got an email telling me I was being considered for placement in Indonesia leaving March 2016. Around July 20th I got my invite to interview via Lync (the new way they are doing it now with your placement officer) and set my interview for july 28th (today!). Check your spam folder for your interview invite!! I got prepared with the questions from the Wiki page everyone talks about and she also included some topics she would cover in her interview confirmation. All in all the interview took 45 minutes and she didnt ask me all the questions i reviewed (the email said an hour to an hour an half... idk if thats a good or a bad thing). We started off with questions about my motivation for wanting to join and that went into the situation and experience based questions where she asked question like "tell me about a time when..." , I stumbled on a few but pushed forward, next came the "how will you handle this" section and wrapped it up well in the question and answer portion. During the interview I got the feeling maybe she didnt like me too much, but by the end during the question and answer portion she seemed to lighten up and become more friendly when talking about her own experience serving. Now it's time for waiting for the invite.
- Why do you want to join the Peace Corps? Answer Question
- Have you studied a second language? Answer Question
- Tell me about a time you had to work in an ambiguous situation Answer Question
- Tell me about a time when you failed to do something. What would you do now? Answer Question
- Tell about a time when you had to work in a group of 3 or more Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Washington, DC) in June 2009.
I received an email and phone call requesting an interview within 2 days. The interview was standardized and the panel took notes of my answers. It was very formal and seemed as if they had already hired someone or were just going through the motions. There was no conversation- probably the strangest interview I've had.
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