Peace Corps Interview Questions

Updated 19 Sep, 2014
Updated 19 Sep, 2014
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  1.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Tampa, FL (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tampa, FL (US)
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 12 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    There's no negotiation, but you're not joining the Peace Corps for the money
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
  3.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 11 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    First, you must fill out a rather lengthy application. Once that is approved, you must have a background check, and then a medical check. The medical check is meant to ensure that you are healthy enough to serve for 27 months in a rural area with limited access to medical care. You will have an in-person interview, during which the interviewer must read questions from a script and he/she must write your answers down verbatim (this can be a bit awkward as they scribble away). Later, you will have a phone interview or two. Finally, you will receive your invitation to serve along with information about your program (English education, health education, small business development, etc) and your country of service. The whole process usually takes about a year.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
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    OMS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Very thorough. Background check required

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
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    Sustainable Agriculture Extension Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    You fill out the application online and then you do an in-person interview at one the Peace Corps regional offices. If all your medical paperwork clears, you'll be offered a position.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell us about a time you were placed in a new environment- what did you do?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Some people are interviewed over the phone I was interviewed in person. Peace corps has a long application but it has changed since I did it. The interview process is simple, they ask questions to see if you are the type of person that would last in a demanding and foreign environment.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you deal with people who discriminated against you?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There really isn't one, you signed up to basically work for free. Hope you like it!
    Accepted Offer
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    Regional Recruiter Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at Peace Corps.

    Interview Details

    Situational interview.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you respond to someone who asks if Peace Corps is dangerous?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Federal salaries are nonn-negotiable unless you've previously held a federal position at a higher pay rate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 12 months - interviewed 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
  10.  

    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  El Segundo, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in El Segundo, CA (US)
    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
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    Peace Corps Volunteer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 months - interviewed 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

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