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26 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 17th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Talk about your credentials and why you are a personality fit for the organization as well. Be sure to talk about a skill that could really set you apart from the other candidates.
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1.
Why are you the best candidate for us?
Talk about your credentials and why you are a personality fit for the organization as well. Be sure to talk about a skill that could really set you apart from the other candidates.

Rachelle's Answer
"I feel that I am the best candidate, not only because I have all of the experience that you are looking for, but also because I have gone over and above the required education. I recently completed my level 4 instructors' course. In addition to this I also speak two languages so I am able to assist students in both English and Spanish."
2.
When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
Being able to work with children is a strong skill set to have. Talk about your experience in working with children and what drives you to continue to do a great job.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have worked with children my entire career. The majority of my swim classes have been with children. In addition to this experience, I have also taught elementary classes. The best part of working with children is seeing the pure joy they experience when they master a new task. I love encouraging them and helping them succeed!"
3.
How do you practice safety on the job?
Talk to the hiring manager about your safety training, and what you do to ensure safety on the job.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am highly trained in safety and have taken all of the required courses and certifications for this position. In addition to my formal qualifications, I also ensure safety by following protocol, keeping keen attention during my classes and training my students on best safety practices before the class begins."
4.
If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
Are you interested in being a swim instructor for the long term? Talk about your goals and how they fit into a long term opportunity with this organization.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am interested in being a swim instructor for the long term. This facility offers strong advancement opportunities for me in my career and I would be happy to stay as long as I can."
5.
Do you like working with kids?
Much of your time as a swim instructor will include working with children so it's best if you can express to the hiring manager that this is an aspect of the job that you enjoy.

Rachelle's Answer
"I really do enjoy working with children. I have worked with groups of kids for many years. The part that I enjoy the most is seeing the joy on their faces when they learn that they can swim! It's so wonderful and rewarding."
6.
How long have you been swimming?
Having strong swim skills and a lot of experience in the activity is important as an instructor. Tell the hiring manager more about your experience in swimming.

Rachelle's Answer
"I started taking formal swimming lessons at the very young age of 3. I have been in lessons and then lifeguard training ever since. Also, I have experience as a competitive swimmer having training on the national team for 5 years."
7.
When have you taught swim lessons, or any kind of lesson, before?
Talk to the hiring manager about your experience in teaching lessons. Show them how this ties into what they are looking for in their new hire.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have taught swimming lessons for the past 5 years. My experience includes teaching lessons to kids and adults. I have taught one on one as well as group lessons. I understand that you are looking for someone with experience in a wide range of situations. I definitely bring that asset."
8.
Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
Be sure to know what the requirements are for CPR and first aid training in this particular role/facility. Ensure the hiring manager that you are more than qualified when it comes to first aid.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am Level 2 certified CPR and First Aid trained. I have also had the opportunity to co-teach a first aid course. Safety is my primary concern and I feel well equipped to manage a variety of emergency situations."
9.
How would your former employer describe you?
When you answer this question be sure to talk about facts, rather than speculation. Tell the hiring manager that you would like to put these qualities to work for them!

Rachelle's Answer
"My former employer has spoken very highly of me in my previous performance reviews. I've been described as reliable, a hard worker and a strong team player. These are all qualities that I would love to bring to your organization."
10.
What do you know about our organization?
The level of research that you have done before your interview is a good gauge on your level of interest in the position. Talk about what you like most about the organization and how you think you will fit in, if given the opportunity.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have researched your organization and found that you offer many different programs, for all ages and levels. Your facility is the top 3 in the city and your reputation is really great. I feel that your organizations' customer service and safety goals align really nicely with what I am looking for."
11.
Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
What makes you want to be a swim instructor? Talk a bit about what drives you to do a good job.

Rachelle's Answer
"I have always had an interest in the water, even as a child, I would help my siblings learn how to swim. Being a strong swimmer is one of the most important life skills, and it's so vital to start at a young age. I am really happy to be able to facilitate that knowledge and teach people how to be confident in the water."
12.
Why should we hire you?
Talk about your credentials and why you are a personality fit for the organization. Be sure to talk about a skill that could really set you apart from the other candidates.

Rachelle's Answer
"I feel that you should hire me, not only because I have all of the experience that you are looking for, but also because I have gone over and above the required education. I recently completed my level 4 instructors' course. In addition to this I also speak two languages so I am able to assist students in both English and Spanish."
13.
As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
Talk a bit about some of your strengths and then focus on one particular area that you feel you are especially talented in. You can also support your answer with an example of a time when you have been complimented by a supervisor or student.

Rachelle's Answer
"I believe that my best asset as a swim instructor is my patience and ability to engage a group of students, no matter their age. In my last position I was often recognized by the parents of my students for my ability to keep the entire class on task and engaged. I do this by keeping the class exciting with a lot of variety and maintaining a really positive attitude."
14.
Tell me about how and when you learned your basic swim skills, and why you are confident in your ability to teach those skills to new swimmers.
Talk to the hiring manager a bit about your journey in becoming a swim instructor and how you feel your path can help others to achieve what you have.

Rachelle's Answer
"I learned my basic swim skills through regular swimming lessons at my community pool when I was a kid. I remember having caring and patient instructors who always cheered me on. Building a foundation like that with young swimmers is really important. Because I had such a positive experience at such a young age, I want all new swimmers to experience that. I'll do whatever it takes to make that happen."
15.
Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
Tell the hiring manager more about your experience in teaching a wide variety of students. Expand on your resume and talk about how your diversity will benefit their organization should they hire you.

Rachelle's Answer
"I am very comfortable with teaching all levels and abilities. I can teach adults, children and individuals with disabilities as well."
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Interview Questions
  1. Why are you the best candidate for us?
  2. When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
  3. How do you practice safety on the job?
  4. If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
  5. Do you like working with kids?
  6. How long have you been swimming?
  7. When have you taught swim lessons, or any kind of lesson, before?
  8. Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
  9. How would your former employer describe you?
  10. What do you know about our organization?
  11. Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
  12. Why should we hire you?
  13. As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
  14. Tell me about how and when you learned your basic swim skills, and why you are confident in your ability to teach those skills to new swimmers.
  15. Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
  16. Tell me about a few water safety lessons you would teach.
  17. How would you handle a student that was acting inappropriately?
  18. Tell me about yourself.
  19. What qualifies you for this job?
  20. Are you a patient person?
  21. How do you deal with unsatisfied parents?
  22. Do you have experience working with children?
  23. How do you handle stressful situations?
  24. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  25. What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Swim Instructor?
  26. Tell me about your swimming skills.
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