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Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer

Interview

Very Standard
interviewed was reading right from a list of questions and typing my answers as I went - which was very distracting at times
It took about 4 months from the time my application was submitted to when I was finally interviewed

Interview Questions

  • Most stressed period in your life and how you coped with it   Answer Question

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 9+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview

    I recommend starting the application process 6-12 months before you intend to serve. The process is lengthy due to the extensive medical and background check. Once you pass the medical/background portion you will be contacted for an interview. The interview is typically done in person, however, mine was done via Skype. My interview lasted 2 hours.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your coping mechanisms?   Answer Question
    • How would you feel about living and working in a culture where men and women are not treated as equals?   Answer Question

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    It is a complicated application with many essays followed by an in person interview and finally you need to pass medical test which can be difficult.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you have experience living or working with different cultures? Please describe. How do you handle conflict. Describe a time.   Answer Question
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Madison, WI) in March 2014.

    Interview

    The application was extensive but could be completed fairly easily online, then was contacted by a recruiter for a 15 min phone conversation. Then there was the interview which lasted 1.5 hours. It was very friendly and was more like a conversation. Be sure to prepare for the in-person interview by googling "peace corps" interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a time when you had trouble following a rule.   Answer Question

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Tampa, FL).

    Interview

    After researching to see if the Peace Corps is right for you, you can go on their website to find out where the closest recruiting officer is. You can schedule to make an appointment. When I met with mine she talked to me about the various types of positions volunteers can have and what types of projects they work on. I filled out the application and waited to hear back from DC. After I was given the green light, I completed a background check to show that I wasn't in any financial or legal trouble and also a medical exam to show I was healthy enough to go live in the woods for 2 years. Once this was all completed and turned in to DC I waited to hear if I was accepted. From start to end the process took 16 months.

    Interview Questions

    • The hardest part is the medical examination because many small problems in the states can disqualify you since many locations lack access to good medical facilities.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There's no negotiation, but you're not joining the Peace Corps for the money


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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview

    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 Questions

    • Tell about a challenging situation and what you did to overcome it.   Answer Question

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Buffalo, NY) in January 2014.

    Interview

    It was brief just to make sure you were not too much of a religious nut or harbored some white mans burden ideological prejudices. You have to be interested in understanding the village before you try and implement any projects which is important anyway. You have to demonstrate your understanding of how controversial the west's intervention into the third world has been over time. At least that is what I did. I also talked about my environmental studies degree and how it was relevant.

    Interview Questions

    • What my major was? How it was relevant? We talked about my senior thesis.   Answer Question

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Chapel Hill, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Chapel Hill, NC) in December 2013.

    Interview

    The interview was fairly informal at a local university. The interviewer was a former PC volunteer. They asked about volunteer experience, education, language skills, ability to be alone, relationships, etc.

    Interview Questions

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (New York, NY) in November 2013.

    Interview

    I submitted my application online and hear back within a few weeks for an interview. I was contacted directly by the recruiter, Shannon. The interview itself lasted about an hour. I was accepted to continue with the placement process by the end of the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Tell us about a time you took a leadership position.   Answer Question
    • Q: Are you willing to adapt your physical appearance or behavior according to the norms of your host country?   Answer Question
    • Q: What are your normal outlets for dealing with stress? How do you think you'll react and adapt when your normal outlets are not available to you?   Answer Question

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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview

    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


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