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Top 25 Swim Instructor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 26
Do you know how to perform CPR/first aid?
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Question 2 of 26
How would your former employer describe you?
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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!

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"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."
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Question 3 of 26
If hired, how long do you plan on working here?
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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.

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"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."
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Question 4 of 26
Why do you want a career as a Swim Instructor?
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What makes you want to be a swim instructor? Talk a bit about what drives you to do a good job.

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"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."
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Question 5 of 26
What do you know about our organization?
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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.

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"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."
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Question 6 of 26
Why should we hire you?
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Question 7 of 26
As a Swim Instructor, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 8 of 26
How do you practice safety on the job?
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Question 9 of 26
What qualifies you for this job?
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Question 10 of 26
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 11 of 26
When have you taught swim lessons, or any kind of lesson, before?
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Question 12 of 26
When have you worked with children before? What do you enjoy about working with children the most?
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Question 13 of 26
How would you handle a student that was acting inappropriately?
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Question 14 of 26
Tell me about a few water safety lessons you would teach.
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Question 15 of 26
Are you comfortable teaching lessons to all ages, and ability levels?
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Question 16 of 26
Are you a patient person?
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Question 17 of 26
Do you like working with kids?
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Question 18 of 26
Tell me about your swimming skills.
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Question 19 of 26
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 20 of 26
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Swim Instructor?
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Question 21 of 26
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 22 of 26
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 23 of 26
Do you have experience working with children?
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Question 24 of 26
How long have you been swimming?
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Question 25 of 26
How do you deal with unsatisfied parents?
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Question 26 of 26
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.
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About Swim Instructor

August 18th, 2017

A Swim Instructor, also referred to as a Water Safety Instructor, teaches students of all ages and abilities how to swim. Most Swim Instructors are employed with public and city pools, recreation centers, and as private instructors. They may also find seasonal employment with a variety of summer camps.

In order to be equipped as a Swim Instructor you should be patient, attentive, highly energetic, and encouraging. Being able to objectively grade a student on their efforts and improvement is an important skill.

Because swimming lessons are available during the day, evenings, and weekends - the hours of a Swim Instructor may be sporadic. A Swim Instructor should be able and willing to be flexible with their work schedule.

Most employers will require a Swim Instructor to be First Aid and CPR Certified. Because Swim Instructors are often around underage children, or those with disabilities, they will be required to pass a criminal record check.

There is no formal post-secondary education required in order to be a swim instructor. In most states, individuals as young as 16 may be employed as Swim Instructors. Particular swim training and levels required will depend on each State. These Swim Instructor training courses are usually offered by city run recreation centers. There are usually a variety of Swim Instructor levels available to take which offers room for growth.

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