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Lifeguard Interview Questions

28 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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"I would ensure that I have the equipment as confirmed during my training and would expect this to include a life bouy to throw into the pool should someone get into trouble, whistle to draw attention to a situation, a walkie talkie/telephone to be able to contact colleagues in an emergency, watch/clock access to know when they need to swop over with a colleague, water bottle to ensure that I don't get dehydrated and first aid kid in cases of emergency to administer basic first aid".
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"I would ensure that I have the equipment as confirmed during my training and would expect this to include a life bouy to throw into the pool should someone get into trouble, whistle to draw attention to a situation, a walkie talkie/telephone to be able to contact colleagues in an emergency, watch/clock access to know when they need to swop over with a colleague, water bottle to ensure that I don't get dehydrated and first aid kid in cases of emergency to administer basic first aid"
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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
Tell us about your previous training and experiences as a lifeguard?
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The candidate should be able to confirm their training as a lifeguard.
The candidate should be able to confirm their experiences as a lifeguard.

"I underwent the junior lifeguard training during the summer holidays when I was at School. I then went onto complete an advanced training course when I was at college and have recently completed the pool lifeguard qualification. To support this training I also completed my work experience at the local leisure centre and spent a lot of time with the lifeguards watching what they do and helping them with some of their duties".
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"I underwent the junior lifeguard training during the summer holidays when I was at School. I then went onto complete an advanced training course when I was at college and have recently completed the pool lifeguard qualification. To support this training I also completed my work experience at the local leisure centre and spent a lot of time with the lifeguards watching what they do and helping them with some of their duties"
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Question 4 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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The candidate should be able to provide an example of when they have supported someone with a goal, explaining the circumstances and the outcome.

"I supported my mum's friend with achieving her EDL for computers. She was a lady who had never used a computer before but as part of a group she belonged to, they each took an activity to run with and her's was to log the details of the groups results from activities they completed and send out via email. The friend wanted to complete the EDL but also do extra work so that she felt confident with the course but also this extra activity. So I spent and hour at the weekend with her for 2 months, going back through the detail of the EDL course and making sure she was picking up the knowledge and applying it as you would expect. She went onto complete the course and is now supporting her group with complete confidence with logging everything. I was really chuffed with this and so pleased for her too."
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"I supported my mum's friend with achieving her EDL for computers. She was a lady who had never used a computer before but as part of a group she belonged to, they each took an activity to run with and her's was to log the details of the groups results from activities they completed and send out via email. The friend wanted to complete the EDL but also do extra work so that she felt confident with the course but also this extra activity. So I spent and hour at the weekend with her for 2 months, going back through the detail of the EDL course and making sure she was picking up the knowledge and applying it as you would expect. She went onto complete the course and is now supporting her group with complete confidence with logging everything. I was really chuffed with this and so pleased for her too."
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Question 5 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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The candidate should be able to confirm whether they are able to commit to when all of the shifts may fall and if not, take the opportunity to confirm any restrictions.

No restrictions example:
"Yes that is fine, I can be totally flexible as to when the work needs to be done."

Some restrictions exist example:
"I can be flexible however will struggle if I have to work every weekend due to x. But with notice, I am able to work all of the other shifts mentioned."
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"Yes that is fine, I can be totally flexible as to when the work needs to be done."
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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.
First written on: 05/20/2013
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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About Lifeguard

August 12th, 2018

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!