Tips How to Pass Your Camp America Interview
Once you have submitted an application to work at a summer camp you will need to have an interview with the company who is recruiting you to work in the USA.
This is standard practise for going to work in the USA to do Camp America (and the same for similar companies like Americamp, BUNAC and Camp Leaders) so you can ask any questions and they can assess to see whether you are will be a good candidate.
We often get asked about what to expect, what questions will be asked and what answers do I need to say to pass the interview.
We have put together this guide with top tips to help you pass your interview and get accepted onto the Camp America programme.
What to Expect
A summer camp interview is a way for companies to see if you are right for the role. The people interviewing you will have been to work at camp previously and should make the interview very relaxed and friendly - it won't be like going for a formal interview at a bank for example. Usually interviews are face to face but you might be asked to have one over Skype.
Top 10 Tips
- Turn up early and beat the crowds
- Get a haircut before going
- Dress casual but smart - there is no need for formal clothing e.g. suits
- Don't be hungover
- Be friendly and approachable
- Stay calm
- Emphasise your strengths
- Speak clearly
- Practice and go through questions before with a friend or family member
- Demonstrate you are hard working, adaptable, reliable and friendly
- Have a few questions ready to ask at the end of the interview
Typical Summer Camp Interview Questions:
Before your interview check your application and the role you are applying for and you will get an idea for what type of questions will be asked. These are usually some of the questions you will be asked:
- 'Why do you want to work at a camp and be a camp counselor?'
- 'What qualities do you have that would want us to hire you as camp counselor?'
- 'Give an example of a scenario when you have had to deal with a stressful situation'
- 'Have you got any experience working with children?'
- 'Do you enjoy working in teams'
The questions above are some popular questions you will be asked at your interview and you will need to adapt your answers to yourself and your experience.
We recommended you emphasise your previous experience and talk this up. If you don't have any previous experience just exaggerate what you do have, for example do you have brothers and sisters? Have you ever been babysitting or helping entertain your family friends children. Say you enjoy new challenges, relish working in teams and are very adaptable.
Also don't be afraid to ask any questions, for example - do you recommend working at a camp? Where did you work? Any advice? This shows you are keen to learn more and ready to learn.
What to Wear
If you want to leave a good impression during the interview when choosing interview attire, dress to make an impression. Okay you really don't need to go in a suit or shoes, this is a summer camp position you are going for, not an interview at a bank. But make sure you don't look scruffy.
You might want to also impress by wearing some small decorations can play a good role and make you more confident during the entire process.
Getting custom patches is a great option, on Patches Co. you can customize them to fit the style of clothing you choose. Any pattern, shape, or simple letters you want can be customized into a patch to match your clothing, and the customized patch can also be used to match your pants, bags, hats, etc.
You can even choose some patches about summer camp culture to show you have made some effort to relate to summer camp culture.
Tips for a Previous Interviewer
"My advice is to first, just turn up and don't be hungover or say anything stupid! You would be surprised how many people I interviewed either didn't turn up or looked in a bad state like they had been out for the whole night previously - this really looks unprofessional and would you want to hire someone to work abroad like this? Be friendly and outgoing and you will be pass." - Scott, previous interviewer in Liverpool
What Happens Next
The person interviewing you will either think you are a good candidate or not and you will usually get an e-mail with the outcome in the same week. If you have pass the interview it is time to start getting ready for the best summer ever and you will move onto the next stage of the process!
What If I Fail My Interview?
Don't worry if you are not accepted, just apply with a different company and use your first interview as a guide to do better next time.