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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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List of Youth Worker Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
  2. How do you respond when you notice signs of drug abuse?
  3. How would you respond if a child became physically aggressive with you?
  4. Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
  5. What do you do to promote healthy communication and social skills?
  6. Tell me about your volunteer experience.
  7. What qualities are important to you in a supervisor?
  8. What would you do to de-escalate a situation that is getting out of control?
  9. How do you respond in a crisis situation?
  10. What ideas do you have for our youth programs?
  11. How do you respond to stress? Give me an example.
  12. How would you assess the needs of the youth in our programs?
  13. What activities have you led in the past?
  14. Do you have any experience mentoring youth?
  15. How do you deal with unmotivated kids?
  16. Can you pass a background check?
  17. How do you manage relationships with parents?
  18. What individual has had the greatest influence on you?
  19. How do you manage your emotions on the job?
  20. Tell me about your leadership experience.
  21. How do you handle conflict with coworkers?
  22. Do you have experience working with high-risk youth?
  23. What do you know about our organization?
  24. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  25. What is your greatest strength?
  26. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  27. Tell me about a time when you led a team. What worked well? What would you improve?
  28. If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with the youth?
  29. How do you respond to negative feedback from a supervisor or parent?
  30. Do you work well on a team or do you prefer to work on your own?
Author:
Contributing Author
Elisabeth Walter
HR Consultant
Youth Worker Information
August 18th, 2017

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.
http://bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-and-human-service-assistants.htm
Youth Worker User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 30
Tell me about a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
This would depend on who the client is, and starting from where they are at.
2.
1. Take my emotions out of the situation. 2. Gather all the facts 3. Analyze who will be affected ny my decision 4. Take my emotions out the process 5. Make my decision.
3.
Yes. I would explain what and why I am making the decision.
4.
I'll talk with others and evaluate previous situations.
5.
1. Do not let my emotions govern my decision. 2. Assess the situation 3. Gather all the facts. 4. Determine how other people will be affected. 5. Do not let my emotions govern my decision. 6. Make my decision.
Question 2 of 30
How do you respond when you notice signs of drug abuse?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I dont like to make assumptions, but I can tell when someone is not present in the moment or when they are acting out of character. These are moments that I might ask a student if they are feeling alright or maybe indicate that they may be on some sort of drug. Something like "it seems like your eyes are a little more glossy than usual, are you okay? "
2.
I have done a course on this and know a few signs but sometimes they can be misleading or not recognisable.
3.
Yes, I am great at observation and reading body and mood language.
4.
Yes I would most likely know. I have met many people who have taken drugs in the past and you can just tell.
Question 3 of 30
How would you respond if a child became physically aggressive with you?
Question 4 of 30
Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Recently brought a project back up and running after it had been in decline for a while.
2.
While working at Headstart, I led socializations for children and families. A socialization is a time when students and families come together in the summer time to have fun and congregate with one another. A variety of activites are in place to promote social emotional, physical, language and cognitive skills. I informed my supervisor of activites to have in place and I informed the team of ho is responsible for which activity.
3.
I recently had a school project in which some of my group members did not fulfill their responsibilities. To resolve the issue, the other group members and I split the remaining work and accomplished the task at hand. The one thing to always keep in mind is to remain calm.
4.
Designing and implementing programming.
5.
I encouraged everyone to help each other and be positive to achieve there goal.
Question 5 of 30
What do you do to promote healthy communication and social skills?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Ice breaker games. And abit of A life group session.
2.
Understand what they are at in terms of development and what that that means biologically.
3.
Previsoily whie working with yyouth myself and co-worker would havee a ditetian come in and cook healythy meals , show movies et.
4.
Absolutely. I encourage students to interact in honest and open communication.
5.
Do role plays with the young people and get the young people to performe different task.
Question 6 of 30
Tell me about your volunteer experience.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have volunteer in various youth centre.
2.
I have worked in Red cross, Government voluntary projects for human welfare, student services like National service scheme.
3.
I volunteered at Twechar Heslthy living centre as I gave a daughter and they allowed her to attend with me. I loved it.
Question 7 of 30
What qualities are important to you in a supervisor?
Question 8 of 30
What would you do to de-escalate a situation that is getting out of control?
Question 9 of 30
How do you respond in a crisis situation?
Question 10 of 30
What ideas do you have for our youth programs?
Question 11 of 30
How do you respond to stress? Give me an example.
Question 12 of 30
How would you assess the needs of the youth in our programs?
Question 13 of 30
What activities have you led in the past?
Question 14 of 30
Do you have any experience mentoring youth?
Question 15 of 30
How do you deal with unmotivated kids?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
If it's rough to keep going there's something great at the end of the tunnel.
2.
Listen, ask them what they want happen in their lives, set goals and expectations.
3.
Previsouly working with youth at the youth center.They youth used to come and tell me what the would like to see at the center and I would tlk to my supervisor and try to fufill their wish. If some sort of muical instruments as requested I would go and see if money was available. Fi not discuss with co-worker and we would organize some sort of fun raising. To buy whats needed.
4.
Offer them an honest opinion and give them advice on things that will encourage them.
5.
Encourage them to believe they can change.
Question 16 of 30
Can you pass a background check?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes although this was a long time ago before I got into this work and have worked hard not let that effect me, nor has is stopped me working with youths,
Question 17 of 30
How do you manage relationships with parents?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
No not really I was never able to meet with the parents.
2.
Yes alot of young people that I have worked closely with especially on a 121 basis I have had regualar dealings and communication with their families.
3.
Yes. It is important to keep parents in the loop and maintain as much transparency as possible without putting the youth at risk .
4.
Yes I would inform them of what is happing.
5.
Yes, first point of contact with have to be with the parents. Building a strong relationship with them and to earn their trust.
Question 18 of 30
What individual has had the greatest influence on you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
A young boy who came out if prison and started coming to our youth club. He now works with us.
2.
One of my past teachers. She helped me through some difficult times in my younger years and it was watching her teach and achieve great results made me realise this is something I would love to get involved with.
Question 19 of 30
How do you manage your emotions on the job?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am professional when working however I can give sympathy and empathy when needed.
2.
How I interact with youths and how they are around me, they are comfortable in my presence and know that I will always be honest with them. I also have a good knowledge of what options are available for young people within their area.
3.
Pray, let it out by walking and thinking of a solution to the problem. Decide that I will no longer be affected by the situation.
4.
One of my main strengths is my mental toughness. I have learnt to control my anxieties, stress though the use of self-talk. I also exercise which is a good way to manage emotions.
5.
It's easy enough people think things just bounce off me.
Question 20 of 30
Tell me about your leadership experience.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
In various projects I have been the leader of the team and the projects has been successful.
2.
I have lead a youth project from 4 to 40 young people. Worked within different teams.
3.
Being a part of the youth Council and a team member on the youth water leaders program.
4.
While at Headstart, we had socializations for the children and families throughout the summer. I had to plan, organize and implement all aspects of the socializations. My first one yielded the highest numbers seen in 2-3 years.
5.
I have captain the premier rugby team for number of years. It has taught me the value of people that all are equall, and that as a leader you must learn to serve before you lead.
Question 21 of 30
How do you handle conflict with coworkers?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Worked with 2 sisters, sometimes they called each other names in front of other coworkers. I diffused the situation by escorting one out of the classroom then talking to her. Then proceeded to talk to the other oe about the issue.
2.
An incident I had at my last position where one of my clients accidentally mistook me for a friend on her phone and asked me for drugs, I disclosed this information to her case manager.
3.
In my last role probably the most worrying incident that happened was when a young child that suffered from downs syndrome had purposely fallen off his seat in an attempt of attention. Before admitting to this seek of attention I immediately ran over to him to see if he was okay, trying to get him to engage in conversation with me to tell me what had happened. After he saw my concern he then laughed and confessed, then I had to sit him down and tell him he had done wrong and shouldn't falsify an accident like that as I was extremely worried.
4.
Conflict between me and another co worker... I talked with her and we both shred how we felt and what triggered the problem.
5.
A parent came in the classroom upset, she "manhandled" the child by snatching the child and jerking the child. The next morning I pulled the mother to the side and conversed with her about the situation. She apologized and informed me she had a bad day and was just irritated. She said it would not happen again.
Question 22 of 30
Do you have experience working with high-risk youth?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Having a positive impact on a young person and giving them a chance at an amazing adulthood.
2.
I think youth are facing a lot of pressures in today's society and instead of supporting them people say they are spoilt. I think we need to give them support and encouragement.
3.
Every child needs at least one person who is absolutely bananas over them. It gives them a comfort place.
4.
The youth are our future and I feel it is important to be able to address their needs, they are very interesting and can teach us something.
5.
I love helping people, and after my experience as a carer and even a science tutor I can identify that I work best with children and find great enjoyment in helping and motivating them to fulfil their full potential.
Question 23 of 30
What do you know about our organization?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
That you aim to make the road to adulthood easy and pragmatic for young people.
2.
I know you are the leading Organisation working with youth in ireland.
3.
Youth Villages strives to develop children with the skills needed in order to succeed in their home and school environment.
4.
I am good at organizing and prioritizing my time and tasks, assigning certain tasks to individuals in a group.
5.
I know that you guys work with at risk youth in the interlake area, and that you screen clients that want to become a part of the program, and those that are successful are given an intervention plan with numerous of other agencies input within it.
Question 24 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
In 5 years I see myself helping young people stay out of trouble and choose right paths for their future.
2.
I see myself continuing to work in the non profit sector developing and growing my skills.
3.
Working, and living in a new house.
4.
Working, and living in my new house.
5.
In 5 years I see myself having a steady job somewhere I enjoy going to work to every day.
Question 25 of 30
What is your greatest strength?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have my corrections year one and I learned about the native culture.
2.
My greatest strength is my ability and willingness to give my 100% effort into the the things I decide to participate in.
3.
Social intercation- no matter who the group or person is I always manage to strike up a positive relationship with them and find common grounds on which we share the same interests or ideas about something.
4.
Being able to relate to people who are different than myself helps me to relate to the youth. It makes them feel as though some one actually "gets" them.
5.
I believe I am very good at including everyone and making sure the group environment is positive.
Question 26 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am a people pleaser because I want everyone to get along in the workplace. However, I have learned to not overextend myself to aperson if they are not ready to put forth the effort that's required.
2.
Being Punctual, Always trying to meet the dead Iines.
3.
My greatest weakness is a lack of confidence when speaking in public. I practice speaking and in my last role with Hoban recruitment I work with clients and candidates and had to speak to them in groups.
4.
My greatest weakness is wanting to help everyone, and I am learning to take a step back and realize I cannot solve everything on my own.
5.
My greatest weakness is thinking I can solve everything. I want to help everyone and I physically cannot. I am learning to take a step back and realizing when I am over working myself, focusing on my body cues.
Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What worked well? What would you improve?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Leading people into knowing what's right an what's wrong.
2.
My leadership abilities are I take into consideration of everyones thoughts and concerns and use them to my ability to make decisions and act on the situation. I'm a great listener and will try other peoples ideas.
3.
Well I do have the ability to get along with just about anybody. This personality helps me in team projects and most people are willing to work alongside me because I treat them with the utmost respect.
4.
Listening to grieviances, lead by example, role modelling, strong communication,
5.
I am a good listener, I can delegate, know when to stand back, very encouraging and give people lots of support.
Question 28 of 30
If hired, how do you intend on making a difference with the youth?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Helping one person at a time to deal with life situation be able to inspire them to do better for themselves.
2.
Better individualized programing, meet kids needs, reward program.
3.
For example when the act up try to calm them down by not getting mad .Sometimes talking calmy to them or asking them if they feel like talkng about their problem . If they do, just listen and hear the out .If they ask questions answer them to thebeest of your ability . If you cant answer refer them to higher up.
4.
By listening to what they have to say and look to be productive on what they want.
5.
Absolutely. I intend on a making a difference with individuals, but also this is a way to give back to our communities. These interactions are not isolated events, they are impact full and translate and manifest into future possibilities.
Question 29 of 30
How do you respond to negative feedback from a supervisor or parent?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
That I am a good leader who leads but not follow. Youth kids have told me how they look up to me and how much I've helped them in the past.
2.
Critical thinker, collaborative problem solver, listen with empathy.
3.
For example : Mi'kmaw Language - while teaching the grade pre-k to grad three, at the each school year I woud organize a prensentation for parents and family tocome to school to hear how much theie children learned. I used to get back tons of feedback from parents , grandparents and others. Stating that they never knew how much their children had learneed until the presentation took place.
4.
That I am a natural leader within a group based on playing team sports since a young age and being a senior member of the team that I work for.
5.
I like to give my input and examine other roles, but I am overbearing in this process. I am a big fan of active listening and I think all people in all positions or social standings have value and purpose and things to contribute.
Question 30 of 30
Do you work well on a team or do you prefer to work on your own?
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