Interview Tips

January 1, 2017

Being in an interview can be a scary and intimidating thing to be a part of. Especially if you haven’t interviewed very much.

So we wanted to provide you with some tips and tricks to get you more comfortable with your interview with a camp director, some of these examples might make your chuckle, but they have happened.

  • Please do not have your mother, father, guardian, partner or friend in the room when you are talking. A camp director is not fielding question from them at this time, this is your time.
  • Be sure that you look professional for your interview, don’t be on your bed with your teddy bear in the background. Sit at a desk or table with a nice outfit on.
  • Of course you shouldn’t lie in an interview, but there is a thing as being too honest. Don’t let the camp director know that although you are wearing a nice shirt or blouse, that you have your PJ bottoms on, and isn’t it great that skype/facetime doesn’t show your entire wardrobe.
  • Make sure the background doesn’t have any inappropriate items that you wouldn’t want your future employer to see. Such as beer bottles, posters, or your friend thinking it’s funny to army crawl around your room.
  • Do not be in a car, restaurant, or outside when interviewing with a camp director. Be in a quiet well lit room with great internet connection.
  • Don’t be late to your interview with a camp director, be ready at least 10-15 minutes before you two set a time to chat. If you are early you are on time, if you are on time, you are late.
  • Make sure that you turn your phone off or better yet put it in another room. Camp directors can tell when you are looking at your phone or texting and it absolutely will cut your interview short.
  • Let your roommates/family members know that you have an interview so they don’t walk into your room yelling, dancing, or singing.
  • Look at the summer camp’s website before your interview and have some questions ready for the camp director. Have a sense of the camps ethos, structure, and culture of the camp.
  • Make sure your questions aren’t all about days off, what is the closest town, and do parents tip the staff.
  • Test out skype/facetime before you have your chat with the camp director, having issues isn’t what either of you want. Camp directors are very busy, so make sure you don’t spend half of your time apologize about the internet connection, and be in a great place from the start.
  • Be ready to talk about yourself. Don’t sell yourself short, if you have experience in the activity don’t undersell yourself! Remember you’re awesome!