Former Community Health and Development Volunteer at Peace Corps
about 2 years ago
The Peace Corps interview process is an opportunity to both highlight your experience and desire to serve, as well as ask questions you may have to better determine if Peace Corps is the right fit for you. To that end, I recommend thinking through why you want to join the Peace Corps - be it previous volunteer experience, a relative or friend who served or professional development. Being able to articulate this is important. The interview process is different than other interviews you may have done before, in that some personal questions may also be asked, like if you have ever spent significant time apart from your friends and family and coping strategies for stress. There's no perfect answers here - but again, demonstrating that you have considered the commitment is important here.
During my interview, I also had ample time to ask questions. It's always wise to have thoughtful questions prepared and to not just ask about next steps. A lot of the interviewers are returned Peace Corps volunteers themselves, so it's a great opportunity to gain additional perspectives about what it means to be a Peace Corps volunteer.