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Peace Corps Volunteer Interview Questions

Updated Apr 25, 2017
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Volunteer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
No Offer
Neutral Experience

Application

I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps in December 2015.

Interview

Received email to set up interview, made it for two weeks later. Interviewer called and explained how it would. She proceeded to ask multiple questions and the whole thing lasted around one hour.

Interview Questions

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    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at Peace Corps in May 2009.

    Interview

    The interview was quite simple. I was asked questions about my past experience abroad, how I felt in cross-cultural settings, what program area I felt my skills were most suited to, and what challenges I anticipated as a volunteer. I got the feeling that it was unlikely I would say anything that would negatively affect my application. The recruiter was pleasant and the process was smooth. I went on to serve happily and successfully as a volunteer for three years.

    However, I've since learned that the organization accepts pretty much everyone who can clear the lengthy medical screening process. The applicant/volunteer's actual ability to serve only becomes truly apparent once he or she is out in the field, and this ability is hard to accurately assess in a brief interview in the States.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you feel about changing your manner of dress or self-presentation to better fit in with a local population? (I am a female, and at the time of my interview I had VERY short hair.)   1 Answer

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    Volunteer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Washington, DC) in February 2011.

    Interview

    After completing an online application form, complete with essays and letters of recommendation, successful applicants will be contacted by a recruiter who will schedule an in-person interview. Should the recruiter approve the applicant, they will be nominated for a global region and sector. While awaiting an invitation to join a specific country and program as pertains to their nomination, the nominee must complete extensive medical examinations (for which they will be nominally reimbursed). Upon receiving an invitation, the nominee will have 10 days in which to decide whether or not they will accept.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a challenge you have faced in your work life and the strategies you employed while striving to overcome it.   Answer Question

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    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 8+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps in March 2011.

    Interview

    The medical review was the most difficult part of the process. I mentioned a very minor allergy and that required a written follow up etc. Keep it simple and include things from your documented medical record

    Interview Questions

    • They wanted to know what I would do in my idle time. Exercise isn't necessarily the best answer because in many countries (particularly if you are a woman) that option may not be available to you - ie running in public could be taboo. Its worth really considering this question and reflecting upon what you turn to as a coping mechanism   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    You have 7 days to reject or accept your country assignment. It was a difficult choice for me but ultimately I accepted


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    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Peace Corps (New York, NY).

    Interview

    We met at a cafe. The interviewer asked me scripted questions and recorded my responses. It was not incredibly formal or stressful, but they do expect you to dress professionally (minimum business casual).

    Interview Questions

    • Are you prepared to live under conditions of hardship?   Answer Question

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    Volunteer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Atlanta, GA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    It started with an application. I received a call within a week from the recruitment office for an in person interview. It did take over a year to actually depart for the position I was hired for.

    Interview Questions


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    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Peace Corps in January 2017.

    Interview

    It consisted of two interviewers asking the typical interview questions, hr assistant and executive assistant, both very friendly and pleasant, this was not a behavioral interview , pleasant experience overall

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me something about yourself
      Why do you want to work here  
      Answer Question

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    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Saint Louis, MO) in May 2008.

    Interview

    Peace Corps has a structured recruitment and interview process, information on which can be accessed through their website. It's important to be very honest with yourself and the interviewer about your background, future goals, perceptions of personal strengths and limitations, because they will ultimately impact your location of service.

    Interview Questions

    • What personal relationships do you consider the most important to you right now, and how do you plan on maintaining them over long distances and periods of separation while you are serving as a volunteer?   Answer Question

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    Volunteer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Oakland, CA) in January 2011.

    Interview

    There was only one interview with a recruiter who had been a volunteer in West Africa previously. The interview lasted about 40 minutes, and there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions about possible work sites. I was rated as a health volunteer based on my education, so there were opportunities all over the world in health work.

    Interview Questions

    • Where do you want to live, and will you accept an assignment i the tropics? I did not want to live in the tropics again due to excessive heat and humidity - I wanted a new experience - but I said yes.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was given the choice between going to Benin or Uganda, and I asked to see the job descriptions for both. Once we received our invitation, we had only 4 days to accept the offer, and we knew if we did not accept, there would not be another offer! Peace Corps has changed its procedures recently, so applicants have more choice in accepting or rejecting offers now, I believe.


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    Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 12+ months. I interviewed at Peace Corps (Santa Barbara, CA) in February 2012.

    Interview

    I applied under the old application system, so it took well over a year for me to receive placement. The interview was pretty standard. One thing that I did not appreciate during the interview was that the interviewer had to take notes on the computer while we were talking, so s/he was very focused on that and barely made any eye contact with me during the interview. The entire process too 18 months, even though this form will only allow a maximum of 12 months.

    Interview Questions

    • Very typical interview questions: Why am I interested in Peace Corps? How have I prepared for the experience of living and working abroad for 27 months? Strengths and weaknesses? How do I plan to cope with being abroad for such a long time? Questions about past experiences.   Answer Question

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