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Top 25 Lifeguard Interview Questions

Question 1 of 28
What do you think are the most important items to have at your pool before your shift begins?
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Question 2 of 28
Put yourself into the shoes of a qualified Lifeguard. How would you deal with a child who would not listen to the rules?
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"If I saw a child doing something that they should not be doing, for example, diving in, I would blow my whistle and point to the sign of the pool and confirm that they should do this no more. If they continued to dive in for example, I would blow my whistle again and confirm if they did this again, they would be asked to leave the pool. If they did this again, I would blow my whistle and ask them to leave the pool and call the Manager of the pool to confirm the situation. If the situation was more serious and the child was putting themselves or anyone else in immediate danger, I would blow my whistle and ask them to leave the pool immediately and call the Manager too"
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"If I saw a child doing something that they should not be doing, for example, diving in, I would blow my whistle and point to the sign of the pool and confirm that they should do this no more. If they continued to dive in for example, I would blow my whistle again and confirm if they did this again, they would be asked to leave the pool. If they did this again, I would blow my whistle and ask them to leave the pool and call the Manager of the pool to confirm the situation. If the situation was more serious and the child was putting themselves or anyone else in immediate danger, I would blow my whistle and ask them to leave the pool immediately and call the Manager too"
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Question 3 of 28
Why do you consider that you would be an exceptional lifeguard? What skills and experience can you bring to the role?
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The candidate should be able to sell why they consider themselves to be an exceptional lifeguard.
The candidate should be able to confirm the skills they can bring to the role.
The candidate should be able to confirm the experience they can bring to the role.
This is important to be able to set themselves apart from other candidates.

"I would be an exceptional lifeguard because I have fully trained, keep myself in good shape, am very observant, I am happy to challenge if something is not right or in line with expectations and can act calmly in a panic and emergency situation. I am used to working with the public, children and adults in the role of X that I am currently doing for X.
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Question 4 of 28
What is your understanding of the role a lifeguard performs, and the duties they undertake?
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"The role a lifeguard undertakes is to keep people safe and if in need of emergency support, to administer this until the emergency services arrive. The duties a lifeguard would undertake are to control unruly behaviour so as to minimise harm to others around, supervise swimmers to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible and adhering to the basic rules, spot any hazards thereby preventing accidents, put into practice the necessary protocols in an emergency, enforce rules consistently and fairly, keep up to date with training and complete incident reports as needed."
The candidate should be able to confirm the role that a lifeguard perform, being specific to the duties that they d.

"The role a lifeguard undertakes is to keep people safe and if in need of emergency support, to administer this until the emergency services arrive. The duties a lifeguard would undertake are to control unruly behaviour so as to minimise harm to others around, supervise swimmers to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible and adhering to the basic rules, spot any hazards thereby preventing accidents, put into practice the necessary protocols in an emergency, enforce rules consistently and fairly, keep up to date with training and complete incident reports as needed."
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Question 5 of 28
What procedure would you follow if there was an emergency whilst you are on duty as a Lifeguard?
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"In an emergency I would notify the team by pressing the alarm button. I would then remove the individual from the water putting into practice my life saving skills. Once clear from the water, I would then administer first aid according to the needs of the individual until the emergency services arrived. I would then co-operate with the emergency services in what ever way they needed me to. Once the emergency was over, I would then complete the necessary incident report. Those would be the main principle steps I would expect to follow but obviously there may be detail that I have not noted here that I would observe once I have received my full induction training"
The candidate should be able to confirm the step by step procedure they would follow in an emergency and confirm this would be in line with the induction training they will receive on first starting.

"In an emergency I would notify the team by pressing the alarm button. I would then remove the individual from the water putting into practice my life saving skills. Once clear from the water, I would then administer first aid according to the needs of the individual until the emergency services arrived. I would then co-operate with the emergency services in what ever way they needed me to. Once the emergency was over, I would then complete the necessary incident report. Those would be the main principle steps I would expect to follow but obviously there may be detail that I have not noted here that I would observe once I have received my full induction training".
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Question 6 of 28
What does the word “teamwork” mean to you, and what makes it possible?
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Question 7 of 28
Thank you for confirming about the CPR certification. Following on from this, I would like to know more about your understanding of what CPR actually is.
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Question 8 of 28
To be a lifeguard there is an expectation that you will be called upon at any time to jump into the water and bring an adult or child back to safety. To do this there is a level of fitness required. What do you do to keep yourself fit?
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Question 9 of 28
As part of your role, you are required to be observant of your surroundings and what is happening in them. As part of this you are required to spot hazards with a hope to preventing accidents. Can you tell me of a time when you have spotted a hazard?
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Question 10 of 28
If there was an incident, we are required to ensure that the appropriate paperwork is completed as soon after the event as possible. Can you talk me through your experience of creating reports or filling in forms and when you did this why it was importan
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Question 11 of 28
What has been your greatest professional achievement to date, and why does this have significance to you?
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Question 12 of 28
Part of the role of a lifeguard is clearing down and making sure that the facilities are up to scratch. How would you cope with this side of the job?
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Question 13 of 28
We need someone who can be flexible with their working hours as the pool is open during school holidays, most nights for lessons and at weekends when lessons and parties happen. Is this something that you are able to commit to?
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Question 14 of 28
What do you think are the most important characteristics of a lifeguard?
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Question 15 of 28
Tell us about your previous training and experiences as a lifeguard?
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Question 16 of 28
Talk me through your previous experience working with children. How do you think this experience will help you in the role of Lifeguard?
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Question 17 of 28
A child is lying on the ground what is your initial response? (walk through the complete CPR process)
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Question 18 of 28
What appeals to you most about the role of Lifeguard, and why do you want to work with us?
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Question 19 of 28
Give me an example of a time when you have had to enforce company rules or policies. Why was this necessary and what was the outcome?
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Question 20 of 28
How would you handle a situation where an adult was breaking a rule? Would you be capable of blowing the whistle and telling them to stop or just let it go?
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Question 21 of 28
How often are you late for school or meetings? In your opinion, how many times is it acceptable to be late for school or your job in a year?
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Question 22 of 28
Do you have CPR certification?
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Question 23 of 28
Lifeguards must be alert at all times. Talk to me about a time when you have shown that kind of ability in your work.
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Question 24 of 28
What do you hope to gain from working as a lifeguard? What are your future aspirations in this role?
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Question 25 of 28
Sometimes we receive customer complaints. Tell me about a time when you have had to deal with a complaint, and how you handled it.
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Question 26 of 28
Are you a good swimmer? Have you completed any swimming training classes?
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Question 27 of 28
What is the number one responsibility for any lifeguard?
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Question 28 of 28
Tell me about a time when you were required to help someone achieve a personal goal or accomplishment. What happened and what was the outcome?
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About Lifeguard

August 18th, 2017

A Lifeguard position carries lots of responsibility. Lifeguards are asked to watch and protect many young children. It's their duty to save lives while kids enjoy swimming. Lifeguards also practice water safety at other locations than the local pool, for instance, they can work at recreational centers, housing associations, elderly communities, water parks, marinas, beaches, campgrounds, fitness centers, and more.

Lifeguards should have excellent awareness as they practice their most important duty, water safety. Their number one job is to ensure and enforce water safety at their facility. It is recommended a lifeguard complete CPR training and receive certification before applying for jobs. Although, some organizations will provide that training when hired. Lifeguards should naturally be excellent swimmers. There are also several lifeguard training and certification courses available, that would help any lifeguard candidates looking to gain entry into this career.

At a lifeguard interview, candidates should be able to discuss their previous training and certifications. They should be able to name various water safety rules and guidelines. They should be able to explain in detail why they are passionate about water safety and being a lifeguard. The job should be more important to them than a place to socialize for the summer. Interviewers will test each candidate about their work history or school history. They will want to know how passionate you are in your school or previous work life. They will ask, are you a responsible individual? Organizations can not afford to have a careless lifeguard. Practice our interview questions and we hope it helps prepare you for your interview!

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