- Talk about your experience and credentials!
Maybe you’re trained in first aid. Maybe you’re a certified lifeguard. Maybe you’ve just had to deal with taking care of your younger siblings when your parents aren’t home! Whatever the experience you’ve had might be, it’s crucial to let your interviewer know what sort of qualifications and skills you’ve obtained over the years that clearly depict how capable you are of looking after kids in various circumstances.
- Show that you know how to have fun (… well, organized fun.)
There’s nothing more exciting than knowing the person you’re interviewing for a camp counselor position has a genuine love for kids. Who wouldn’t want to hire a counselor who knows how to have a good time while working? However, there is something that can help you stand out even more – showing your interviewer you know how to be serious when necessary. After all, you are the person in charge of several kids and their well-being… it’s so important to demonstrate how easily you can turn your playtime playfulness into serious-time seriousness when needed.
- You know how to be a friend
Knowing how to communicate and understand effectively is a crucial aspect of friendship. As a camp counselor, you need to be social, outgoing, and supportive of all your kids so that they know you are someone they can trust. That is why it is so important for you be a strong and clear communicator during the interview so that the interviewer gets a good sense of the kinds of meaningful friendships you’ll have the capabilities of establishing with your kids as a counselor.
- Patience is a virtue
You’ve heard the saying before… and it couldn’t be any truer when it comes to working with kids. The key is being able to demonstrate to your interviewer that you get it – you get that kids are learning, you get that they require extra care, and you get that they might not get it the first time… understanding the situation from a child’s perspective is the key to patience. If you can show you have this quality to your interviewer, you’re already one step ahead of the game.
- You are well aware that your role as a camp counselor includes mentorship.
No matter what age group of children you might be dealing with, kids are going to be looking up to you to help guide their transitioning, growing, and fostering of independence. Not only is it critical for you to demonstrate to your interviewer just how great a role model you are, but also to show them your genuine care and ability to provide support to those who look up to you.
- Make it clear how hard you work
Whoever says camp counseling is easy probably didn’t do much of it in their life. Camp counseling is a huge responsibility and is extremely energy-consuming… It is definitely not the kind of job that requires you to sit around all day. Camp counselling is all about giving, both to your community and to the kids you look after, so make sure you tell your interviewer about your hard-working skills and capabilities, and show that energy and enthusiasm of yours while answering all their questions.
- Initiative is everything
As a camp counselor, you are quite plainly a leader, and leadership requires initiative. Talk about your leadership experiences and qualities. Talk about your initiative at school, at work, or even at home. Be the person who doesn’t have to be told to do something – just do it because you know it has to be done. Big or small, in whatever way you choose to show initiative, it will never go unnoticed.
- Be the creative problem solver
This isn’t so much about sculpting masterpieces or painting to perfection – it’s more about your ability to think outside the box. Some days, you’re going to have to think fast, and some days, you’re going to have to solve problems unconventionally. Creativity is essential with kids, not only to keep them engaged, but to also uniquely resolve issues tailored to each child’s individuality. Talk to your interviewer about times you’ve had to think outside of the box.
- Don’t be afraid to get down and dirty taking risks
As a camp counselor, you’re always encouraging kids to take risks and gain new experiences. So why not practice what you preach? Talk to the interviewer about a time you took a risk that helped you grow, and how you are comfortable stepping outside of your comfort zone. Taking risks truly builds character, and you’ll never know the kinds of amazing things that could come out of it if you can’t get yourself to try.
- BE YOURSELF
There’s nothing more attractive to an interviewer than authenticity. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not because most times interviewers can easily sense insincerity. Think about it… would you enjoy having a conversation with someone who is very stiff and formal, who is so clearly hiding their personality? Of course not! Talk about your true interests, your real hobbies, and just believe in yourself. Show the interviewer how great the real, genuine you is.