When interviewing youth workers for a job, it is important to figure out what you need from them. You want to ask them six to eight questions, giving them about five minutes to respond to each question for an average interview time of 45 minutes. Each question should be guided by what you included as a requirement in the job description. Ask the same questions of each job candidate to best identify the most qualified candidate.
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Why do you want to be a seasonal youth worker? This should be an easy question for youth workers to answer because they should know their motivation for seeking the job. Also, when starting an interview, it is important for the interviewee to feel comfortable. This will make it easier to attain all the information you need to know.
Control of Situation
What would you do if you were running a drop-in program by yourself and a few older drunk kids walk in and are causing a disturbance? You want to get an idea of how youth workers will react on the job in a threatening situation. By providing them with worst-case scenarios, you can judge whether they will be able to handle any task handed to them.
What ideas do you have for programs that we can add to our youth services? This question will allow you to gauge how committed the applicant is to the services provided at a youth centre. You will be able to weed out the applicants who only want a paycheck and those who want the paycheck in addition to the passion they have for working with youth.
Experience with Strategy
A youth with whom you have been working for a while has started using drugs. What do you do? A youth worker needs to help youth make healthy life decisions, and this question helps you understand how familiar the applicant is with strategies, or with how they will use a unique strategy to assist the youth.
How would you advertise events and programs offered at the centre? Not only do youth workers need to be savvy at working with youth, they also need to be able to communicate the services provided to the greater community.
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