An interview is an important part of any job application. Here are some tips to help you land the role you want at camp this summer.
Whether you interview in person, by phone, or online, remember to:
- Smile. First impressions really count and a smile is one of the best ways to make a connection with your interviewer. Smiling also demonstrates that you are friendly and approachable, which are traits that camp directors want in their staff.
- Be yourself. Now is the time to let your personality shine! During your interview, discuss more than just the skills you listed on your application; talk about what makes you a truly unique candidate.
- Be professional. Dress professionally, even for online interviews. Be prepared to have your application, references, and certifications nearby and think of anything else that demonstrates why you are an exceptional camp counselor candidate.
- Be confident. Sit up straight and speak clearly. Even if you are not feeling confident in the moment, it’s important to present yourself that way.
- Do your research. The more research you do before your interview, the better prepared you will be. Visit the camp website, watch videos online, and browse social media accounts to learn more about camp life. Think of some stories that you can share that demonstrate your interest in being a camp counselor. Brainstorm positions you can see yourself working during the summer, but also remain open and flexible to other opportunities.
- Ask questions. An interview is an opportunity for you to learn more about a camp. Before you interview, write down questions to help you better understand your position and what lifestyle and experiences to expect. You can ask about staff training, activity areas, camp mission and history, or anything else that can help you be a more successful counselor.
- Don’t worry! An interview is your chance to interact with camp directors or CIEE staff to gain a better understanding of summer camp, as well as a chance to sharpen your interview skills. If you are not offered a position, plenty of opportunities remain. CIEE and your international representative will continue working with you throughout the season to find you a placement at a great summer camp.
If you are interviewing online, you should also:
- Check your phone messages and your email regularly (including your junk/spam folder). Be sure the email address you listed in your application is an account you use regularly. If you listed a mobile phone number, check your messages and missed calls often. When a camp reaches out, respond quickly so you do not miss any opportunities to interview. Camps expect you to respond within 24 hours. If they do not hear from you, they may move on to another candidate. If your interview is requested through Camp Connect, read the interview invitation thoroughly and respond within 24 hours.
- Follow through. Make your interview a priority and schedule it within a reasonable timeframe. Stay in touch with camp staff and reach out to confirm your interview in the days prior. If for whatever reason you cannot make your interview, let camp staff know as soon as possible.
- Test your connection. Before the interview takes place, make sure your wifi/cellular connection is strong and your audio and video work. Place a test call to yourself or a friend to double check everything works. Be sure to pick a quiet, well-lit space for your interview.