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25 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated January 20th, 2020 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Why did you choose to become a recreation worker?
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How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know a little about you and why you want to be a Recreation Worker. This is your time to talk about what you are passionate about. When working with residents/clients there is generally a reason that people want to with either elderly or the youth- this may be because they want to make a difference at a senior center or changes the lives of young kids.

This is your chance to show the interviewer why you want to be in this career and why you want to make a difference in people's lives. Take time prior to the interview to think about why you want to be a Recreation Worker. You don't have to come up with a ton of reasons why you want to do this job, but you should have a solid answer thought out prior.
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1.
Why did you choose to become a recreation worker?
The interviewer wants to know a little about you and why you want to be a Recreation Worker. This is your time to talk about what you are passionate about. When working with residents/clients there is generally a reason that people want to with either elderly or the youth- this may be because they want to make a difference at a senior center or changes the lives of young kids.

This is your chance to show the interviewer why you want to be in this career and why you want to make a difference in people's lives. Take time prior to the interview to think about why you want to be a Recreation Worker. You don't have to come up with a ton of reasons why you want to do this job, but you should have a solid answer thought out prior.

Rachelle's Answer
"Growing up my grandparents passed away before I was born, so I never got the traditional grandparent experience. When I was in eighth grade I join a club after school that took as to the nursing home to hangout with residents there- I love it. The residents were generally interested in knowing about our lives and telling us about theirs. Ever since the first day I went there, I have continued to volunteer there and I want to make a bigger difference than just volunteering- I want to change and help people."
2.
As a recreation worker there will be times you'll need to talk in front of a group, how comfortable are you speaking to a group?
As a recreation worker you'll be in charge of a lot of groups, so the interviewer wants to make sure you are comfortable taking charge of a group. Many times there will be moments when people are talking over each other and you will have to get everyone's attention to start an activity.

If you aren't super comfortable speaking in front of a group, be honest with the interviewer, but also talk about how you are working on it.

Rachelle's Answer
"To be completely honest, I am not super comfortable talking in front of large groups, but it is something I'm working on. I used to be really shy and not talk to groups at all, so I've already come a long way, but know I have a long way to go."
3.
How would you handle a camper/resident who becomes violent to another?
The interviewer wants to know the tools that you already have to manage aggressive behaviors. For your answer you can provide an example of a time you have to manage a camper/resident in the same or similar situation. If you are not able to provide an example you managed, you can talk about the different policies and procedures your previous employer had.

The interviewer isn't going to expect that you have all the tools needed for their company, because they will help train you on what the specifics are for their companies.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"At my current company, I had situation very similar, but was able to deescalate the situation prior to anything bad happened. One student of mine picked up a book and was ready to throw it at another student, but I was able to stop the student from throwing it. I sat with both students separately to discuss their stories and then together. I held both students accountable for their actions that built up to one wanting to throw something."
Cassandra's Answer #2
"At the nursing home I work at, I have not experienced any residents being violent yet, but have heard about it happening. Thankfully in a nursing home we are in one wing of the building and it is easier to alert another staff if help is needed. The first thing I would do is separate the resident who is being violent and call for help to help with the other residents. We have a reporting policy here that I would also have to go through- it includes asking the resident about what happened and why."
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How do you handle campers/residents who don't want to stay with the group?
It is important to remember when working with people that they all have their own mind and sometimes they don't want to part of group activities. Depending on the organization, like summer camps it is required for campers to stay with their groups due to safety concerns. The interviewer wants to know how you will address campers who tend to leave the group often or start to run away.

Situations like this are never ideal and generally it is hard to have a 'perfect' way to handle it, but the interviewer wants to hear how you would so they can discuss different strategies as well.

Rachelle's Answer
"At my last camp we stayed within yelling range of each group in case situations like this happen. My policy at my last camp was to chase after by having eyes on them, so we could make sure the camper didn't get hurt. With our radios we would also let the nearest group know support is needed as well as one of our directors coming to help the situation. The follow through by our directors talking to parents is also important for consequences. Depending on the age of the student could be suspended from camp."
5.
What is your greatest personality asset working with kids/elderly?
As a Recreation Worker you are going to be spending a lot of time with kids/the elderly. They want to know if your personality matches the clientele. There is not meant to be a trick question, it is just to make you think about how and why you connect with this age group.

Your work self is different than your home self, so think about two different personality traits that you generally display at work. Now think about an example for each of the traits how it is beneficial to you for work. When answering this question pick the better example of the two.

Rachelle's Answer
"I think my greatest strength is being approachable, it is very important to me to have our clients feel comfortable coming to me when they have an issue or concern. I think being approachable is important for any workplace environment."
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