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I applied in-person and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details Submitted my application without a resume. I was called in for an interview the next week. The interview was very laid back. Note that I already had 2 years of lifeguarding beforehand. After asking me about my past lifeguarding job and my swim history, I was hired on the spot. We shook hands and I started the next week.

Interview Question – Might have been because I've already lifeguarded for a couple years before, but all the interviewer asked me about was if I had ever taught swim before and how much my pay was.   Answer Question

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London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at YMCA in April 2011.

Interview Details Camp America recruitment service, website application and interview, then phone interview with American boss. 10 minutes chatting with her explaining my reasons for going, what I plan to do afterwards and laying down a few rules, and packing requirements

Interview Question – All questions relatively straightforward, why do you want to do it being the main one. My response was: I'd love to experience camp and America, I love working with kids but could do with some practice, loving inspiring youth to be active.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Easy, straightforward, they'd already chosen me by the time we were talking so most importantly be enthusiastic in your application, and explain all your experience working with kids, or a s a lifeguard, overall they take a huge variety of skills though

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Anonymous Employee
Rochester, NY (US)

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in November 2010.

Interview Details As long as you're certified and willing to do a basic swim test, the interview was very smooth and had no aberrations.

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation

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Lifeguard
Ardmore, PA (US)

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at YMCA in June 2012.

Interview Details The people who worked at the YMCA that I worked at were very friendly and helpful for anything that I needed. The interview went very smoothly, and the supervisor asked causal questions to understand who I was, and what I could do to help out, and to make sure I was a good fit for the company.

Interview Question – They were technically looking to see if I was able to speak clearly and communicate well. I had to dress business casually.   Answer Question

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Lifeguard

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details I initially applied via paper to a variety of pools. When I was interviewed, they asked if I had ever done YMCA summer camps, if I knew the YMCA core values, and my school+extracurricular activities. They wanted to gauge how much time one could devote to the job. I had a total of two interviews. I think dressing nicely, acting respectively helped.

Interview Question – If I had my own car.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details No interview, just filled out an application. Had to successfully pass a lifeguarding class. Not really much else to the process.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied in-person and interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details very well done, organized. straight forward brief

Reason for Declining – Other candidates would really appreciate relevant details that affected your decision.

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Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 2 days - interviewed at YMCA.

Interview Details It was quick and simple. Basically you are just asked about previous work experience, safety questions that relate to first aid and cpr, as well as situation based questions. For example; "what would you do in this situation.... or if this happend, etc..."

Interview Question – It was very easy, not many if any difficult or unexpected questions.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Hannibal, MO (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in August 2009.

Interview Details Went in they asked a few questions and I was hired.

Interview Question – The most difficult question was do you want to be apart of the YMCA family.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Painesville, OH (US)

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at YMCA in October 2010.

Interview Details Took the training and was hired from there.

Interview Question – I was not asked any questions.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiations. Minimum wage, period.

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