Get ready for your interview

Before the Interview

  • Make sure we receive your application on time. For the upcoming season, applications for junior staff must be received by January 31.
  • Please make sure you read the application carefully and respond to all the questions.
  • If you have certifications etc please ensure you bring scanned copies of them to your interview (do not bring the originals).
  • Make sure you have submitted at least two references (not relatives or family members).  They can write you a nice letter or you may use the form found through this link: Junior Reference Form.
  • The application captures lots of information we need, however, please include a resume. A PDF copy should be mailed to redpine@redpinecamp.org

Preparing for the Interview 

  • Review the application you submitted for junior staff.
  • Come prepared to the interview to discuss what is happening in your life. For example what is happening at school? What extra curricular activities you enjoy? Don’t be shy, this is your time to shine!
  • Think of the department(s) you are applying for and make up some questions with family or friends that you could possibly be asked.
  • Have a practice interview with friends or family.
  • Talk to a past junior staff member who has gone through the interview process.
  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before your interview.
  • Relax. We know for many of you this is your first interview, we are on your side.

The Interview Itself
Arrive on time for the interview.
Make sure you have the telephone number and address of the Red Pine Office.

  • The main purpose of the interview is for the interviewers to get to know you and what experiences and ideas you have to contribute to camp life.
  • The interviewers will be comprised of two people from the Operating Committee.
  • Your interview will last no more than 20 minutes.
  • Have a seat and wait until a committee member comes to welcome you to your interview.
  • The selection committee will ask you a series of questions for which you know you have the answers. Most are in your application.
  • Be prepared to speak to your achievements, what is new at school and some direct questions about the departments you are interested in.
  • You are welcome to bring paper and a pen to your interview which you can use to help organize your thoughts.
  • If you do not understand the question, ask the selection committee to repeat or clarify.
  • Answer carefully,  honestly and succinctly.
  • Keep eye contact with the selection committee and try to speak as clearly as possible.
  • Just be yourself.

Ending the interview

It is important to leave the interviewers with a positive impression of you, no matter how well you feel the interview has gone.  Here are some pointers:

  • remain confident and determined to the end
  • feel free to ask questions or clarify any information you need before you leave the room

After the interview

  • Whether or not you are successful in being chosen for the job, you can make the interview a positive learning experience.
  • Take time to reflect on what you feel was positive and what you could improve at your next interview.
  • If you are not successful, do not be discouraged.
  • Most importantly, do not take it personally.
  • Your preparation before each interview and your practice during the interview, can only improve your future performance.
  • Each interview is a learning experience.