The Interview Process for Job Corps

You must be between the ages of 16 and 24 to apply for Job Corps.

You must be between the ages of 16 and 24 to apply for Job Corps.

A career within Job Corps is more than just a way to make a living for most. It can make a difference in the world and improve your job skills. Job Corps is a federal program designed to help young people learn marketable skills and complete the education they need to lead them to long-term employment success. Before candidates get that job that will lead to their success, however, they must first go through the interview process.

The Path to Job Corps

Before even getting to the interview process of Job Corps, you'll need to verify your eligibility. Some of those requirements include being drug-free, coming from a low-income family and being free from behavioral problems. If you qualify, you'll have the chance to complete the program in various industries to enhance your marketability and enhance career development through a combination of classroom lessons, training sessions and on-the-job learning opportunities.

What to Expect

After determining your eligibility for the Job Corps, you'll fill in an application online or call a toll-free number to indicate your interest. A counselor within the program will contact you to gauge your interest, discuss the field you'd like to work in and set up an interview. Depending on your location, the interview can take place over the phone or at a local Job Corps office.

Interview Questions to Expect

Though most job-related interviews are conversation based, you should gain a general idea of common interview questions to expect so you can answer accordingly. Two common questions are "What are your strengths" and "What are your weaknesses." When answering the first question, select the strengths most applicable to the position you applied for. To answer the second question, consider skills that aren't your strongest and list ways you're working to improve those skills to turn weaknesses into strengths. Other common interview questions during a Job Corps interview include "Why are you looking for a new opportunity," "How would you describe yourself" and "Describe an accomplishment from a previous job."

Acing the Interview

Besides answering questions intelligently, acing the interview involves carrying yourself in a professional manner and doing your research. Arrive prepared with all necessary documents, such as references and resume. You should also refrain from using your cell phone and wear professional attire. Most hires occur because of the chemistry between the applicant and interviewer, so maintain a positive attitude, practice good eye contact and smile when appropriate.

 

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T. Marice Huggins has been published several times in both the New York and New Jersey editions of "Contemporary Bride Magazine." She has also been published in national publications such as "Redbook," Dance Magazine" and "Caribbean Travel and Life." Thanks to extensive dance training in college, she is very well-versed in the areas of health and fitness.

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