Peace Corps Interview Questions

Updated Aug 24, 2015
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 11+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Oakland, CA) in July 2013.

    Interview

    I met with a recruiter, and she asked all of the questions on the Peace Corps Wiki site in the exact order listed. Since I had used that site for my "practice" session, I was ready to discuss all. It was a pleasant experience, and completely stress free.

    Interview Questions

    • MOTIVATION / COMMITMENT What motivates you to seek a service position as a Peace Corps Volunteer? How does Peace Corps service fit into your long range plans? Remember back to your first playground experience. Why did you want to play on the playground? What games did you play? What, if anything, might keep you from completing a 27-month commitment to Peace Corps Service? Do you have a specific geographic preference? If yes: what is the reason for your preference and how flexible are you? If there are specific regions where you are unwilling to serve: what are your reasons and what is your degree of flexibility? PRODUCTIVE COMPETENCE Please tell me about your most successful experience in a leadership role. Be as specific as possible. Please tell me about an experience when you were able to transfer some knowledge or skill to someone who was different from yourself. What did you learn about your interpersonal skills from that experience? What did you learn about the other person? Please tell me about the most frustrating experience you have had when working with others. Specifically, how did you manage that frustration? Please tell me about a time when you worked in an unstructured or ambiguous situation? How did you approach the task at hand? What did you learn about your personal strengths from that experience? All Peace Corps Volunteers learn a new language. Have you studied a second language? If so, what challenges did you face and what level of facility did you achieve? What aptitudes or abilities can you draw on to help you succeed in learning a new language? MATURITY What situations do you typically find stressful? What do you currently do to reduce stress? When you are overseas, circumstances and/or cultural norms may prevent you from employing your usual ways of managing stress, boredom, and loneliness. You will also most likely be out of touch with your familiar support group. In such a situation, what alternative outlets might you use? If your support group currently plays a critical role in helping you cope with stress, how will you manage without them? What is the longest you have been physically separated from important people (family, friends, romantic interests, etc.) in your life? What was the most difficult part of being away from those closest to you? How did you cope? What kind of support have you received from those closest to you on your decision to join the Peace Corps? Has anyone close to you opposed your decision to join Peace Corps? If so, who was it? What were his/her concerns? How have you responded to them? Tell me about a time when you had trouble following a rule. One’s ability to work through and resolve differences or conflict is often tested in cross-cultural situations. Please tell me about a specific situation, one we haven’t already discussed, when you needed to work through a disagreement or difference of opinion. Were you able to reach a resolution? How, specifically, did you do that? If you weren’t able to resolve the conflict, what prevented you from doing so? In retrospect, is there anything you would do differently? Are you currently in a relationship? If so, how will you handle the expectations of your service overseas? Rank the following three aspects of your service by how important they are to you: where you go, when you go, and what you do. SOCIAL SENSITIVITY / CULTURAL AWARENESS In some countries, tattoos, body piercing, or unusual hairstyles may be culturally unacceptable. To be a successful Volunteer in such a country, you would have to modify your appearance so that it conforms to local norms. Are you willing to make such an adjustment? Give an example of a time that you had to modify your appearance. The following are issues that you may face in your country of service. Please note any concerns: different and/or lack of familiar foods different living conditions lack of privacy; isolation prescribed gender roles possible minority challenges personal religious requirements/possible lack of access to your own religious services living in a culture where alcohol may be widely consumed and accepted/living in a culture that prohibits the use of alcohol altogether!   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Peace Corps in June 2013.

    Interview

    Took forever to go through selection process. On-line application. Screened by an personal interview at their office. Many months went by before they processed and told me where I would be serving. Delay in my leave date.

    Interview Questions

    • If I wanted to live near other volunteers   1 Answer
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    Public Health Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Los Angeles, CA).

    Interview

    After attending several recruiting events, I completed an online application. I was then contacted by a regional recruiter, who I interviewed with in person. The recruiter helped me to determine what type of volunteer I should be given my education and background, and approved my application for placement. I then waited several weeks to hear from PCHQ--I received my invitation a month before I departed.

    Interview Questions

    • How will you deal with the stress of cultural challenges and the difficulty of the Peace Corps lifestyle?   Answer Question
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    I went to a campus event at my college, got all the information I needed and filled out an application. After that was finished, I had an interview with the campus Peace Corps recruiter, which took about 2 hours. The interview wasn't very difficult, the questions were mostly focused on getting to know me and whether I was ready to spend 2+ years living in another country.

    Interview Questions

    • Don't remember: again, the interview wasn't difficult or especially probing: just be yourself.   Answer Question
  6.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview

    You basically go through a long process that really shouldn't be that long but it is because your working with a Government Organization.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing too difficult really, questions regarding where and how have you dealt with other cultures before.   Answer Question
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Atlanta, GA).

    Interview

    After your application is submitted, you will be asked a brief health questionnaire. Then you will have an interview (phone or in person) then a background and medical check. Once everything is clear then you will be placed to a specific country. Typically it takes six months but it could take up to 2 years.

    Interview Questions

    • A lot of situational questions, describe a time when you had to teach someone something, describe a time when you didn't agree with someone, how did you handle that situation? Describe a time when you were uncomfortable/ unfamiliar with something, how did you handle it?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    there is no negotiation phase, you either accept your country invitation or you don't. If you decline twice, you are no longer considered.

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 10+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Miami, FL) in February 2013.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • 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
  9.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    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

    What were you able to negotiate? What advice would you give others considering an offer?

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    Country Desk Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    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

    Brief. It was an entry level job and I accepted the salary offered.

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 9+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Chicago, IL) in December 2012.

    Interview

    Very simple straight forward interview where they are trying to determine your reasons for joining, your cultural sensitivity, adaptability and creativity. My recruiter was very nice and told me at the end of the interview that I would be nominated for a position.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you had to overcome an obstacle? Describe an experience with a difficult person? What are some of your weaknesses and strengths?   Answer Question

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  Former Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

Pros: “Good training before site placement (Mongolia).”“Good training before site placement (Mongolia).” – Full Review

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