It is always a good idea, not to react in the moment. Sometimes its better to take a step back and analyze the situation. If you feel the situation is becoming out of control, or you are unaware of how to have this child behave properly, ask a fellow counselor to assist you. If you feel you can resolve the situation peacefully, do so. Ask the child why he/she is misbehaving. If the child shows a pattern of misbehaving for attention, maybe its better not to have a reaction at all.
Camp Counselor Interview Questions
If a kid is testing your patience, how would you react?
Camp is designed to be an educational event for kids. Give examples of what kids learn from camp.
This question is designed to test your understanding of camp, and what the ultimate purpose of camp is. Tell the interviewer, your goal for the kids and what you hope to be the goal from the camp's perspective, would be for them to learn teamwork, gain self-confidence through camping activities, and develop their own leadership skills.
How do you think you will handle a job that literally requires you to live at it?
Easy, that is just one thing you can say you love about camp! You do not want a typical job, you want to be adventurous, build community and friendships, and no better way than living with those people. Highlight any past experiences where you may have travelled for work, or in college where you lived away from home for semesters at a time.
What do you think you will dislike the most about this job?
Hopefully you will dislike nothing about this career! Don't be afraid to tell the interviewer that. If you have any uncertainties, like 'well I am just unsure if I can stay away from home this long' the interviewer will probably ask you to exit the interview. So tell them, you won't dislike anything, and you love camping and being a counselor.
What are the three greatest strengths you bring to this position?
If you are excited to be a camp counselor, this question should come easy! First, say you are thrilled to be interviewing for this position, and your passion and enthusiasm for this position will be one of your strengths. Second, tell them you are excited to be a role model for kids, and your leadership skills are another strength. Third, describe how you are responsible, and are passionate about community, as your third strength.
What would you do if a parent was angry with you for the way you handled a situation with their child?
I would suggest telling the interviewer that you would listen to the criticism, and apologize to the parent. This shows you are not stubborn, and capable of listening. Even go as far as asking the parent how they feel their child should have been treated, and say you will do your best if the situation comes up again. If you feel, you were absolutely correct in how the situation was handled, and the parent simply is unaware of the actual events that transpired, maybe it would be best to ask a fellow counselor assist you as you explain the situation to the parent.
Do you know any of the other camp counselors?
This question is designed to test your familiarity with the camp, and how connected you may be to this camp. If you have friends or acquaintances that work at this camp, simply tell the interviewer about them, and the positive things they said about the camp, which is why you look forward to working there. If you know no one at the camp, tell the interviewer you are excited to meet the counselors and start new friendships.
Why do you want to be a camp counselor?
It's very simple, being a camp counselor means being a role model for children, spending time outdoors, enjoying fun activities, building great friendships, and literally having fun on the job. Those are a few easy reasons why you should want to be a camp counselor. This question will definitely be asked in someway, so know before hand the reasons why you want this job or want to be a camp counselor.
What makes you a good role model?
An interviewer will ask this question because they are interested in getting to know you better. They want to know your best leadership skills.
When answering this question, start with your passion and enthusiasm for being a role model. Then go into detail about the skills you have that make you a great role model. As a camp counselor, it's important you are aware that kids are looking up to you. They are soaking in your actions and learning from you. In addition to the interviewer trying to know your own leadership skills more, this question is also designed to see if you understand the impact your actions have, whether that be knowingly or unknowingly, on the individuals around you.
Here is an answer example: "I love being a role model, and that is one of the reasons I applied for this job. I think one of the best reasons why I believe I am a good role model, is because I understand the impact I will have on a child's life, even if I am only around that child for a short time. They are constantly soaking in my actions. I want to be the best example I can be for that child because I want what is best for them. And that is why I am excited to be applying and interviewing for your campground because I think your camping experience is really impactful on the kids that attend."
"I love being a role model, and that is one of the reasons I applied for this job. I think one of the best reasons why I believe I am a good role model, is because I understand the impact I will have on a child's life, even if I am only around that child for a short time. They are constantly soaking in my actions. I want to be the best example I can be for that child because I want what is best for them. And that is why I am excited to be applying and interviewing for your campground because I think your camping experience is really impactful on the kids that attend."
What age groups do you have experience working with?
If you have no experience, this question will most likely be skipped from the start. Otherwise, tell the interviewer specific age groups. Do not say 'All age groups'. If you have worked with all age groups, break it down for the interviewer. Say I've worked with kids aged 9-11 at Camp Wakatooie in the summer of 2013. Then I worked with youth ages 5-13 at the local YMCA summer youth program, where we did so and so activities. If you only have had one experience working with youth, reinsure the interviewer that you can work with their age group by saying you enjoy being around all ages of children, and look forward to working with their group.
What experiences do you have with kids?
Highlight all the experiences you have working with or being around kids. Tell the interviewer all the aspects you enjoy about those experiences, and as a result why you are the best suited for this position.
Can you keep personal electronics aside for the duration of the camp?
This answer must absolutely be yes. If you can not devote your full attention to the children, then another job is probably better for you. Answer this question with confidence, tell the interviewer, Absolutely. Tell them your number one priority will be the camp, and focusing on the children that they are fully engaged in the camp activities.
What skills or interests do you have that would make you a great camp counselor?
The interviewer wants to make sure you enjoy the outdoors and camping activities. Highlight all of your favorite outdoor activities, and try to research the camp beforehand. Understand what activities they have to offer, and be able to cite them as activities that interest you. Describe your talents and skills when it comes to leading, tell them you understand how important leadership is in a community setting. This is a great chance to bring up any past experiences you have in regards to this.
Do you enjoy being active with the kids?
Time to be enthusiastic! Absolutely! Tell the interviewer why you love being active with the children. Why this is your passion, what fun activities you enjoy doing with the kids, and why this makes you a perfect candidate for this camp counselor position.
How do you keep your kids under control?
The best answer to this is to show the interviewer you have a plan. Tell them, before the week begins, you want to make sure a schedule is in place, and activities are planned. Therefore, kids should not be bored, and able to fully participate in camp. On top of that, you may want to have a prize system that rewards good behavior for the kids.
Do you have a high level of patience?
What experience do you have in leading others?
Did you attend camp as a child?
What is the most difficult part of being a Camp Counselor for you?
Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
How would you handle a child who was misbehaving and not following instructions?
How have you changed as a result of being a counselor?
What have you heard about being a camp counselor?
Are there any age groups you would prefer not working with?
When did you realize you wanted to be counselor?
What do you know about this camp?
What made you decide to apply for a job as a camp counselor?
What would be your number one goal at this camp, if you were a camp counselor?
Have you ever worked with a child with a disability?
How do you handle stressful situations?
What is your biggest weakness?
What do you love most about being a camp counselor?
How much experience do you have working with children?
Are you aware that it is within poor judgement to be alone with a kid? How do you prevent this type of situation?
How would you break up a fight among kids?