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Question 1 of 25
Why did you choose to become a recreation worker?
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Question 2 of 25
How comfortable are you speaking in front a group?
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Yes. I get very nervous and anxious in front of a group of people.
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Initial I was at first, but throughout my professional career as an educator and recreational professional I've developed a love for public speaking. It takes practice and being passionate about the message you are trying to convey.
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At first, yes. When I think about standing in front of people I get very nervous. Once I start talking I get so caught up in the presenting that the nervousness goes away.
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Infact m talking to a group. its part of this job.
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No I am very comfortable talking in front of large or small groups of people, whether it is implementing a strengthening with Sarah program or speaking in a team meeting to my other co-workers on what is happening today for recreational activities for the residents for whom we serve on a daily basis.
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Nope.
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Not at all, I find I'm very comfortable and confident when instructing and speaking to groups.
Question 3 of 25
What recreation activities do you like most?
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Recreation activities that I enjoy most are sports and crafts. I enjoy sports such as golfing, lacrosse, snowboarding, swimming, floor hockey and many more.
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All, bingo and board games are always fun and it's not electronic. Even arts and crafts such as painting can be very calming.
3.
Sledge hockey, hang gliding and paddle boarding.
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I've always been big on basketball, baseball, and the arts however cheerleading & dance are slowly creeping up that list.
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I like educational activities the most. I love learning new things.
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Running and spending time with family and close friends.
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I enjoy running on my treadmill, spending time with my cats, family and close friends.
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I enjoy sports the most, because youre staying healthy and hacing a good time.
Question 4 of 25
How would you rate your communication skills?
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I would rate my communication skills as very good. Open and clear communication is paramount for planning and implementing programming, especially with youth that face barriers such as mental illness.
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I would honestly say overall it's an 8.5.. I have to work on how work on not using recreational slang when dealing with different groups. Although, my presentation style makes me unique I've got to work on differentiating between my coaching/recreational language and my board room language... It's something that I feel most recreational professionals deal with at some point in their career.
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I would rate my communication skills a 10 out of 10 as I can effectively communicate through emails, face to face, and on the phone as I always receive the best outcome for me and the other party, for whom I am conversing with.
Question 5 of 25
What is your greatest personality asset working with kids?
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I am kind, outgoing and patient.
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My ability to be compassionate. Raising three boys and working with youth on a regular, I understand that children today are facing trials that we didn't have to think about growing up. It's definitely a different generation.
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I love seeing the smiles on my residents faces that I will be working with on a daily basis, when they are so engaged and pure enjoyment they are experiencing when engaging in my programs that I deliver.
Question 6 of 25
What career path interests you the most in this company?
Question 7 of 25
What recreation activites do you already have planned in your mind to implement?
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(Go over your calendar) Forty's night, movie night, wedding day, pet therapy (dogs, cats, fish, hamsters) children coming into the facility to play games with the clients, gardening (horticulture), forty's and fifty's music, walks/strolls, exercise programs, ice cream socials, volunteer appreciation night, Bingo, Jeopardy, The Price is Right, chair yoga, a variety of card games, Lexicon, a selection of therapeutic arts and crafts programs(my Creative Recovery program modified) and a variety of other programs that the clients want me to start implementing for them, as soon as possible (maybe I can have a clients' tea social where everyone is welcome to give ideas on what programs they want to see implemented at their residences.
2.
Bowling, horse shoes, swimming, puzzles, knitting and much much more.
3.
Kosmic Dodgeball. It's a program that me and my co-workers were working to implement in Tarboro that would be a big hit with both the youth and adult population.
Question 8 of 25
What are your career aspirations beyond this job?
Question 9 of 25
Why is this job right for you at this time in your career?
Question 10 of 25
How does this position fit into your career goals?
Question 11 of 25
What kind of colleagues do you work best with?
Question 12 of 25
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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I thrive in a fast paced environment with deadlines that need to be made in order for me to execute effectively my dailyb tasks. I have learned how to thieve in this fast paced /deadline environment from working in childcare for over 15 years successfully and going to two different colleges for four years successfully.
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I can work very well independently or as a team player.
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Depending on the activity, I thrive in pretty much any environment. I just can't be micromanaged in the process.
Question 13 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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In five years I see myself working at your residences delivering the best programs based upon the client's interests, hobbies and special talents, as each of us possess.
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I plan to finish my career goal and finish my education to become a teacher.
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Working for a Recreation Program as either one of the top supervisors or as an assistant director.
Question 14 of 25
What qualifies you for this position?
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What qualifies me for this positon is that I have just recently graduated from my local NSCC with a Therapeutic Recreation Assistant diploma where I learned a variety of techniques on how to do an a initial assessment with the client, implement the program with the client and debrief with the client, in order for the client to reach their objectives and goals, successfully. Also, at my last practicum I helped a client achieve one of their goals, i. E to go to more social programs because of ...(explain).
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I am a highly motivated individual with an outgoing personality.
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I'm confident that I would be a good fit for the team because of my outgoing and friendly personality.
4.
My education combined with my work related experience.
Question 15 of 25
Do you have experience in this field?
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Yes I have experience a lot of it is working with children and youth.
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I have experience in the customer service aspect of the job. I also have experience in the sales field.
Question 16 of 25
How would your former employer describe you?
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Very reliable, a hard-worker, very flexible and always comes to work with a smile on her face-ready to make at least somebody's day.
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Someone who is passionate about what they do and although they wouldn't want me to leave they would support me in trying to grow as a professional.
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Quick learner, patient, outgoing.
Question 17 of 25
How do you manage your time?
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Yes I do, as I said before I made 90's in most of my two college's classes as I made time for bigger assignments, met each deadline i. E. Assignment on time and at my current work I can implement the transitions of i. E. Snack, outdoor time, lunch and nap efficiently with my other co-workers.
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I am quite organized when it comes to time management.
3.
Yes. Being an educator and a coach taught me how precious every minute is. Growing up my father always taught us the importance of always staying ahead in your work and never letting the "just incase" destroy your entire week.
Question 18 of 25
How do you handle stressful situations?
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I handle stressful situations by reaming calm at all times, seeking to understand all points of views, and looking for a win win resolution for all parties involved.
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I look at the situation in its entirety... I first start by trying to discover the stressor and then figuring out how it can be modified so that we can eliminate the stress it may be causing. I try to find the good in any problem because a lot of the times its not as bad as it seems.
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I will do what is important and needs to be done.
Question 19 of 25
Why did you decide to choose this organization for employment?
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I chose this organization for employment as it fit my mission, philosophy and overall beliefs in how to be the best recreation assistant for the clients.
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I thought that it would be a new challenge and a new experience something I can benefit and learn from.
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Attending ECU and partnering with Greenville Recreation and Parks as well as raising three kids who have participated in a number of your their programs.. I've been able to see the impact it has on its participants and as a recreational professional thats something that I seek to do... Leave memorable experiences so that patrons would like to return.
Question 20 of 25
What hobbies, special interests or talents do you have that you think might be useful here?
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I am very musical, I can play the organ, piano, clarinet, saxophone, and guitar and maybe sing a little. Lol.
2.
I am very crafty, great organizational skills.
3.
I play sledge hockey and I am very interested in all outdoor sports.
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I'm a former educator and coach, that's pretty well rounded in anything that deals with recreation and parks. If I don't know the answer I'm pretty good at getting in contact with someone who does. I'm pretty good with my hands so if something is broken most times I can fix it. I'm also a techy so if its something computer related most the times I can get it resolved.
Question 21 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How does it contribute to your job?
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My greatest strength is my strong leadership and communication skills as I am a democratic leader whom seeks others input first, therefore both parties (myself and the other person) can feel heard and both inputs make the best outcome for the clients for whom we serve day to day i. E. Making of the monthly recreation calendar.
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My greatest strength would be working under pressure.
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My personality because it allows me to be creative in any situation which sometimes helps when dealing with unexpected situations that may arise.
Question 22 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Writing working on it everyday.
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My greatest weakness is talking about my strengths.
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Sometimes I can be overzealous over an idea.... After introducing the idea... I've started brain storming it with my boss so that we could strategically make it possible.
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I find that I do not make enough time for my own leisure and I am working on this by just recently going to my local Goodlife gym three times a week as I love to exercise and know how it affects the five domains of my own wellness.
Question 23 of 25
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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I think I am a very easy going person I am a team player and I enjoy doing new things.
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I am a team player and enjoy being a part of your team.
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I'm friendly, energetic, I have good customer service skills.
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I'm the best candidate because I bring that level of diversity that allows multiple groups to be reached simultaneously. I can interact and engage several groups whether it be white, black, male, female, old, young, athletics or the arts. I've had my hand in pretty much everything and because I have a creative imagination .. I'm pretty good at convincing people to try stuff out of their comfort zone especially if I can find a way to link it to how they can use it in their everyday life.
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I am the best candidate for you as I believe and will implement your mission and philosophy statements on a day to day basis with you as my employer, my co-workers, and most importantly my clients. (List the mission and philosophy statements as they pertain to you).
Question 24 of 25
What do you do in your spare time?
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Cleaning, cooking and going out with friends.
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I do beadwork and afterschool activities with my children.
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Spend time outside, spend time with family and friends, read, watch tv.
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I spend my spare time either working out in the gym, working with the Youth Ministry at my church, & sitting at home being a home body listening to music or doing some sort of do it yourself project.
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In my spare time I like to run, spend time with family and friends.
Question 25 of 25
What recreation activities do you dislike?
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None ... I'm a renaissance woman I like to try everything.
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I really do not like to play video games. Lol.
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I am open to learning new things.

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