A residential youth worker is the last stage in your job hunting process.
The way you answer a particular interview question goes a long way in determining if you are the right person to hire for a job. Body language, attitude, and level of confidence matter tremendously.
A set of interview questions and answers is provided below so that you can gauge what type of questions you will be asked:
Residential Youth Worker Interview Questions and Answers
1. What persuaded you to take up working with youth as a career?
Three years ago, right after I graduated from college, I took up a volunteer position at a local youth facility. Initially, it was just something that I wanted to do to while away the time, but then I realized how satisfying it was to help people who are lost, and unable to help themselves. There has never been any looking back since then.
2. What are your virtues as far as working as a residential youth worker is concerned?
I am a remarkably non-judgmental person which makes it easy for me to understand the problems that our youth is facing. Once the understanding comes in, it is easy to handle the other more important things such as planning assistance programs. Moreover, I am great at communicating with people from different walks of life and can efficiently manage liaisons with external agencies.
3. If you were to change one thing that affects the youth of today, what would it be?
There are two things. Advanced technology and readily available drugs are the two evils that I associate with wrong behavior and problems in today’s youth. I would limit the use of the former and curb the latter entirely.
4. What specific duties have you been performing as a residential youth worker?
Developing and implementing plans to meet the individual needs of my clients, assisting in the planning of intervention services, providing effective supervision of clients, ascertaining that their day-to-day needs are met, liaising with external agencies to ensure delivery of services to assigned clients, and ensuring clients’ wellbeing and safety at all times, have all been part of my work.
5. What do you think you would be doing 5 years from now?
If things go as planned, I hope to open a facility for runaway children, as I feel that this is a great problem here, with not enough facilities to cater to their needs.
6. Are you a good mediator?
I believe that I am. And this can be proved by the many times that I have intervened in explosive situations and ensured that no harm comes to either party involved in a fight or brawl.