If you're reading this in preparation for your upcoming Peace Corps interview, CONGRATULATIONS! You've made it this far in the application process, you're doing pretty good for yourself. Peace Corps staff are impressed with what they know about you so far, all you have to do now is continue to show them why they need you to be a part of the Peace Corps family.
The interview process lasted about 60-90 minutes. Mine was about 90 minutes (so make sure you're somewhere comfortable and quiet). The interviewer will go over a few Peace Corps expectations and logistics, and then the majority of the time will be you answering questions drawn from your work/volunteer experiences (they would like you to speak about long term (4+ months) experiences). The rest of the time, the interviewee will speak a little about their experience and give you time to ask questions.
Prior to my interview, I did some research and read blog post about the application process (good for you for doing the same, AS A BONUS, here are some tips for you).
1) DO YOUR RESEARCH
I'm sure by now, if you're like me, you've read dozens of blog post, been to the Peace Corps website (of course!), talked to past/current volunteers, and met with your local recruiter. IF NOT, STOP, DROP, AND ROLL -- just kidding! But, I highly recommend you to do so...RIGHT NOW! The interviewee will ask you if you've done any of these things above.
2) INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
Depending on when you're reading this, the interview questions might have changed, never the less, they'll ask you similar questions to get a better understanding of who you are, your willingness to commit for 27 months, and how you would adapt to different environments and situations. Check out this link for some sample interview questions: http://www.peacecorpswiki.org/Interview_Questions
3) PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS IN ADVANCE
I was super anxious for my interview so I wrote out some of my answers to the questions listed in the link above. This way, I could draw on all of past work and volunteer experiences and incorporate them into my answers. This was also a good reflective exercise to help jog my memories of what I'd learned from each experience and how each has made me a greater candidate for being a Peace Corps volunteer.
4) ASK QUESTIONS
If you're like me you'll have a billion questions to ask, BUT in the rare chance that you don't...FAKE IT! Even if you know everything there is to know about Peace Corps, ask the interviewee questions anyway! ++Also ask questions about the interviewee's experience as a volunteer. What where some of their challenges they had to overcome? What motivated them to get up each day when things got hard? During their 27 months, did they ever consider resigning? And last but not least, I highly recommend you to ask: "If I don't get accepted, how can I make myself a better candidate in the future?" This indicates that Peace Corps is something you're determined to do!
5) DRESS THE PART
Although this interview will most likely be over webcam, make sure you dress like your going for an actual job interview. YES, that means bring out the dress shirts, ties, and blouses that has been sitting in your closet. There's nothing worst than to be rejected because you were in your PJ's or t-shirt.
6) BE COMFORTABLE
As mentioned above this is one long interview, so make sure you selected a time that works for you. Give yourself time before the interview to calm your nerves and time afterwards to process the interview. Also very important, make sure you're somewhere with reliable internet connection and is quiet. Nothing is worst than to be disconnected in the middle of your interview or have screaming babies in the background. Also silence your phone -- you don't want it going off in the middle of your interview.
I hope you've found these tips helpful & best of luck to you on your interview!
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