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Top 30 Youth Worker Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
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Question 2 of 30
How do you respond when you notice signs of drug abuse?
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Part of your responsibility as a youth worker is to pay attention to signs before they become a problem. You will need to know what to look out for so that you can step in to help before it's too late! When it is past the point of prevention, you will also need to know how to respond. When you answer this question, take a thoughtful, proactive approach. You want to show the interviewer that you are prepared for these types of situations. If you're not quite sure what to do, reflect on your education and volunteer experience.
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Question 3 of 30
How would you respond if a child became physically aggressive with you?
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If you plan to work at a youth center, it's possible you may encounter aggressive behavior. If you have ever worked with high-risk youth, specifically adolescents or teens, you understand the importance of being on guard in case rough or aggressive behavior occurs. When you give an example, be sure to share your take on establishing healthy boundaries and how you would respond if the line was crossed. You may start by saying, "I would act quickly and calmly to protect myself and the child from harm." As a youth worker, you are responsible for the children in your program. The interviewer wants to feel confident that you will maintain a calm environment whenever possible, and that you can handle altercations with care and compassion.
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"I would act quickly and calmly to protect myself and the child from harm."
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Question 4 of 30
Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
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The interviewer wants to hear about a positive experience you have had with leadership. Think about a time when you led a sports team, led a college project, managed a store, or coached a little league team. These are all great examples! Start off by giving the interviewer a high-level overview of what you were leading, and share that you enjoyed the experience. Discuss the positive outcome that the group had, and explain that you would gladly lead again!
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Question 5 of 30
What do you do to promote healthy communication and social skills?
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"I think it's important to lead by example. I make a point to engage the kids in conversations and get to know them. I strive to show them how much I care through my words and actions."

Your interactions with the youth will set the standard for what you expect from them. As a leader, you will need to choose your words wisely. You are an influencer! If you have any specific activities that you have found helpful, share them! The interviewer wants to feel confident with you serving as a guide and a mentor for the kids. Give them an example that demonstrates how you can be trusted in this role.
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"I think it's important to lead by example. I make a point to engage the kids in conversations and get to know them. I strive to show them how much I care through my words and actions."
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Question 6 of 30
Tell me about your volunteer experience.
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Question 7 of 30
What qualities are important to you in a supervisor?
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Question 8 of 30
What would you do to de-escalate a situation that is getting out of control?
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Question 9 of 30
How do you respond in a crisis situation?
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Question 10 of 30
What ideas do you have for our youth programs?
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Question 11 of 30
How do you respond to stress? Give me an example.
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Question 12 of 30
How would you assess the needs of the youth in our programs?
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Question 13 of 30
What activities have you led in the past?
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Question 14 of 30
Do you have any experience mentoring youth?
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Question 15 of 30
How do you deal with unmotivated kids?
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Question 16 of 30
Can you pass a background check?
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Question 17 of 30
How do you manage relationships with parents?
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Question 18 of 30
What individual has had the greatest influence on you?
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Question 19 of 30
How do you manage your emotions on the job?
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Question 20 of 30
Tell me about your leadership experience.
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Question 21 of 30
How do you handle conflict with coworkers?
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Question 22 of 30
Do you have experience working with high-risk youth?
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Question 23 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
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Question 24 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 25 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 26 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What worked well? What would you improve?
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Question 28 of 30
If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with the youth?
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Question 29 of 30
How do you respond to negative feedback from a supervisor or parent?
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Question 30 of 30
Do you work well on a team or do you prefer to work on your own?
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About Youth Worker

June 18th, 2018

Social and human service assistants help people get through difficult times or get additional support. They help other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

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