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28 Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 28th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 28
What are the essential items to have at your pool before your shift begins?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to see how full your understanding is when it comes to preparing for your shift as a lifeguard. The way you respond will also be an indicator, for the hiring authority, on how much training you have received, and how much more you may need, should you be hired. Because this is an open-ended question, be aware of keeping your response straightforward.

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Question 2 of 28
Do you meet our minimum fitness requirements?
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How to Answer
There may be a range of fitness requirements, depending on if the role is indoor, outdoor, or beach lifeguarding. As a baseline, most lifeguards should be very physically fit with the ability to run 200 meters in under 45 seconds, swim a 400-meter pool in under 8 minutes, and swim underwater for 25 meters or more without tiring. Discuss your fitness routine and physical capabilities while also remembering to offer to take their fitness test, should they have one.

Question 3 of 28
How much do you think this lifeguard job should pay?
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This question is merely another way for the interviewer to ask about your desired pay for this role. Be honest about what you are hoping to make, but you should also avoid asking for too little, or for too much. Using an online salary calculating tool, like the ones from Glassdoor or Indeed, will help you to determine the average ask for your position, years of experience, and even location. You can also use your current salary as part of the basis for your ask.

Question 4 of 28
What is your first reaction when you do something wrong at work?
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How you react to an error made will tell the interviewer a great deal about you and your honesty level, and willingness to be accountable for your actions. Perhaps the mistake is one that could land you in a lot of trouble. Would you try to hide the incident, or would you tell a supervisor right away, and have the situation rectified?

Question 5 of 28
Our facility is open evenings, weekends, and holidays. Can you commit to a flexible work schedule?
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How to Answer
Before answering scheduling questions, it's important to be clear on the interviewer's expectations. If you haven't had a chance to clarify their scheduling needs, now would be the perfect time to ask!

Consider asking, 'What are the scheduling expectations for this position?' If they expect you to work 12 hour days, it would be important for you to know that before you respond with, 'Absolutely! No problem!' You want to be sure that you can meet their expectations.

If it turns out their schedule expectations won't work for you, think about what you CAN offer and see if you can meet in the middle. It's much better to discuss these things in an interview than for you to commit to a schedule that won't work for you.

Keep in mind that, in most states, an employer cannot demand that an employee work more than 44 hours per week.

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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 05/20/2013
Last modified on: 12/28/2018

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