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Updated Dec 2, 2014
Updated Dec 2, 2014
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Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied online. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed 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 Questions
Accepted Offer
Easy Interview

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in El Segundo, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in El Segundo, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Peace Corps in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    After submitting my application with references, I was contacted by a regional recruiter to set up an interview time. The office was tucked away into the side of a really upscale building complete with security guard, fountain, and glass doors. The clerk at the front desk and the recruiter were an absolute pleasure to talk to, and I didn't feel uncomfortable about any part of the process. The only thing to prepare for is an interview that can last upwards of 2 hours.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe an ambiguous or unstructured situation you've been in. How did you work through it?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    The hiring process was rigorous. There was an extensive essay process, in person interview, and a lengthy medical and legal check.

    Interview Questions
    • Being asked about gender issues and how I'd feel living in countries with differing gender roles.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    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?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    there is no negotiation phase, you either accept your country invitation or you don't. If you decline twice, you are no longer considered.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Miami, FL
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 10+ monthsinterviewed 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 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
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Peace Corps in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Very lengthy process (for good reason). Applied online and was contacted immediately by a recruiter. Application packet included several essays and letters of interest, several letters of recommendation, CV, and college transcripts. After that the process included a background check (finger printing), and medical clearance.

    Normally the interview is fairly early on in the application process. In most cases, you will be called in for an interview with your nearest recruiter, but because I lived out of state from my initial recruiter I had my interview over the phone/Skype.

    Intverview was very laid back and friendly. Questions focused on ability to integrate into cultures and dedication for two years. They asked for a time I taught something to someone, a time when I had difficulty working with someone, as well as my greatest weakness and leadership ability.

    The second half of the interview was about my preference in working in certain regions or sectors. I was originally offered an Agricultural sector position in South America, but when I voiced that I would be more comfortable teaching English they moved me to the Education Sector for Southeast Asia.

    Interview Questions
    • Would you be willing to give up or hide part of who you are in order to integrate into the culture? (Example wearing piercings or certain clothes, going to a certain church, or eating certain foods)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, all volunteers receive a predetermined allowance during service, and a readjustment allowance at the end of service.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Peace Corps Volunteers Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 9+ monthsinterviewed at Peace Corps in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interview was long due to questions and placement (decision was essentially made that day). Interviewer had taken his position after returning from PC service and also participating in on campus recruiting events - made me feel comfortable and at ease. Waiting 8 months to get my invitation letter to leave just 2 months later.

    Interview Questions
    • How I would deal with feeling isolated   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Recommended for Spanish speaking country and Community Health - felt I had little flexibility to ask for Africa region.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 12+ monthsinterviewed at Peace Corps in September 2010.

    Interview Details

    -Submit online app
    -Do onsite interview
    -App gets forwarded to PC headquarters
    -Do medical & admin paperwork
    -Contacted from placement desk
    -Final placement interview
    -Invitation issued

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation--I wanted to change my track but they wouldn't let me.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Ithaca, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 9+ monthsinterviewed at Peace Corps in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    You will do the initial online application, submitting your resume, essays, and additional information, plus have to get 3 letters of recommendation submitted.

    Later, you will be contacted by a regional recruiter who will do an in person interview. A lot of the questions are about your background, why you are interested in joining the Peace Corps, your thoughts on living abroad, volunteer service, etc. Pretty basic. I was asked to describe a lot about my previous abroad experience, and also a lot about my background in health (I said I wanted to be a health volunteer). They ask you several times about your commitment to serve abroad, away from family and friends, for such an extended amount of time.

    If you do well on the interview, you will be nominated for a position, and then you have to pass medical and security/background clearance. Make sure you do all your appointments as quickly as possible and submit everything as soon as possible so your application can keep rolling. A lot of people get stumped here. It's easy to get done, you just need to turn everything in without errors, and follow up with the DC office often.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to describe a time where I didn't agree with a situation, but felt I could not do anything about it.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Obviously you don't negotiate salary with Peace Corps, but sometimes you can negotiate where you go/when you leave... although I don't recommend it because they most likely won't do it and it will make you look worse.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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