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I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details – Submitted my application without a resume. I was called in for an interview the next week. The interview was very laid back. Note that I already had 2 years of lifeguarding beforehand. After asking me about my past lifeguarding job and my swim history, I was hired on the spot. We shook hands and I started the next week.

Interview Question – Might have been because I've already lifeguarded for a couple years before, but all the interviewer asked me about was if I had ever taught swim before and how much my pay was.   Answer Question

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Rochester, NY

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in November 2010.

Interview Details – As long as you're certified and willing to do a basic swim test, the interview was very smooth and had no aberrations.

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation

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Lifeguard
Ardmore, PA

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at YMCA in June 2012.

Interview Details – The people who worked at the YMCA that I worked at were very friendly and helpful for anything that I needed. The interview went very smoothly, and the supervisor asked causal questions to understand who I was, and what I could do to help out, and to make sure I was a good fit for the company.

Interview Question – They were technically looking to see if I was able to speak clearly and communicate well. I had to dress business casually.   Answer Question

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I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details – I initially applied via paper to a variety of pools. When I was interviewed, they asked if I had ever done YMCA summer camps, if I knew the YMCA core values, and my school+extracurricular activities. They wanted to gauge how much time one could devote to the job. I had a total of two interviews. I think dressing nicely, acting respectively helped.

Interview Question – If I had my own car.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details – No interview, just filled out an application. Had to successfully pass a lifeguarding class. Not really much else to the process.

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Anonymous Employee
Hannibal, MO

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in August 2009.

Interview Details – Went in they asked a few questions and I was hired.

Interview Question – The most difficult question was do you want to be apart of the YMCA family.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Painesville, OH

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in October 2010.

Interview Details – Took the training and was hired from there.

Interview Question – I was not asked any questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations. Minimum wage, period.

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Anonymous Employee
Elmhurst, IL

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in January 2010.

Interview Details – The interview was very straight forward. They brought me in, I was able to interview with the aquatics director and supervisor. I talked with them for a bit about my certifications and availability. They then told me what they schedule would be like and what would be expected of me. They did a good job of giving me an overview of the company and job. They were very friendly in general. Which is nice. Very easy process, not stressful at all.

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Negotiation Details – No negotiation, set rate.

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Lifeguard
San Diego, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in February 2010.

Interview Details – Pretty straight-forward questions about rescues and procedures.

Interview Question – Are you a convicted sex offender?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Not negotiable

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Lifeguard
Chicago, IL

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in May 2009.

Interview Details – Turned in application. Interviewed 2 weeks later. Filled out paperwork another week later. Started working. For the first few weeks of work they were still doing a background check. You don't get your first paycheck for nearly a month.

Interview Question – What would you do if one of your friends was on the pool deck drunk?   View Answer

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