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It's nothing to be scared of - your Camp America Interview

It's nothing to be scared of - your Camp America Interview

Author -  Rebecca Spijkerman

It's nothing to be scared of - your Camp America Interview

Camp America Interview

Be Yourself and Remember to Breathe…

My Camp America interview was only days away, and I was becoming a nervous wreck waiting for it. I had to travel to Cambridge for my interview, about a forty minute drive from my home. My Mum offered to come with me but I realised if I was going to fly all the way to America on my own I would have to cut the apron strings and do this on my own.

My first contact with my Camp America interviewer had happened only two weeks prior to my interview date and with all her help I was able to whiz through the application process.

Finally the day had arrived, I felt like I had squeezed out every bit of my personality and skills onto my Camp America application page. I remember feeling queasy like butterflies were swimming in my belly. Never had I ever been so nervous for an interview. I think I was feeling like that because I knew that this interview was going to potentially change my life and that it sure did!

I tried hard to keep myself occupied during the day because my interview was at 7pm. I still remember the day I woke up really early because I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t contain my excitement. All day I kept going to the mirror to talk to myself and practice the things I wanted to say. Oh I must have looked silly…

I said to myself “come on Rebecca you have done interviews before, you can do this” I just couldn’t help but keep thinking "this interview is going to change your life - it's Camp America!".

What do I wear?

I flipped more than one room upside down trying to find a suitable outfit for the interview. After changing 100 times I went with an outfit that said “I am a role model, but I’m still a big kid at heart” the clothes I chose showed that I could be smart and sophisticated but that I am still a bundle of fun, and to top it off I put a smile on my dial. Yes, an outfit can say all that!

Finally the time had arrived to jump in my car and drive to Cambridge to meet my Camp America interviewer Tracey.

I set off on my journey with my GPS because I have a great track record of getting lost. I had the music blasting with the windows down, I was listening to “ready or not” by Bridget Meddler ironic now that I think of it.

I made it to Tracey’s house in record time and had 20 minutes to spare so I took some time just to take a breather and relax. I made my way down the path and up the stairs, I took a deep breath in, and then gave a excited knock on the door. Her little dog went crazy and assured me I wasn’t the only excited one.

Tracey greeted me with a big hello instantly I wondered what I was so nervous about. I had got myself all worked up for nothing and quickly all reasons for being nervous left my body.

I was offered a hot beverage or drink which I gladly accepted, it was such a nice gesture and made me feel at ease. It also assured me that Camp America only hires the best to look after those going through the interviewing process.

We sat down in her office and talked about me… my favourite subject, just kidding personally I find it really hard to talk about myself (then after spending 5 months in America I found that Americans can be the complete opposite....good to know).

She asked really good questions that helped me to re-think and change how I worded previous statements on my application. These questions also helped me to see new skills that I possessed and could put on my profile.

We talked about where I saw myself fitting into a team and the opportunities I hoped to experience at camp. These thoughts just got me even more excited for getting placed so we talked about her experience at camp which was neat to hear. The interview was about an hour long, I left Tracey’s house feeling like a million bucks, knowing that I was one step closer to my dream of working at a Camp in America.

The Top tips I could share with you from my experience are:

  • Relax and breathe – The interviewer doesn’t want you passing out at their door step
  • Smile and speak clearly
  • Dress smartly but still show your personality
  • Sound organised - know what you want to say
  • Most importantly be yourself

And remember your Camp America interviewer wants you to pass.

Comment below and let me know how your interview went or if you have any questions.

~ Rebecca

It's nothing to be scared of - your Camp America Interview

My Camp America interview was only days away, and I was becoming a nervous wreck waiting for it. I had to travel to Cambridge for my interview, about a forty minute drive from my home.

It's nothing to be scared of - your Camp America Interview

Camp America Interview

Be Yourself and Remember to Breathe…

My Camp America interview was only days away, and I was becoming a nervous wreck waiting for it. I had to travel to Cambridge for my interview, about a forty minute drive from my home. My Mum offered to come with me but I realised if I was going to fly all the way to America on my own I would have to cut the apron strings and do this on my own.

My first contact with my Camp America interviewer had happened only two weeks prior to my interview date and with all her help I was able to whiz through the application process.

Finally the day had arrived, I felt like I had squeezed out every bit of my personality and skills onto my Camp America application page. I remember feeling queasy like butterflies were swimming in my belly. Never had I ever been so nervous for an interview. I think I was feeling like that because I knew that this interview was going to potentially change my life and that it sure did!

I tried hard to keep myself occupied during the day because my interview was at 7pm. I still remember the day I woke up really early because I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t contain my excitement. All day I kept going to the mirror to talk to myself and practice the things I wanted to say. Oh I must have looked silly…

I said to myself “come on Rebecca you have done interviews before, you can do this” I just couldn’t help but keep thinking "this interview is going to change your life - it's Camp America!".

What do I wear?

I flipped more than one room upside down trying to find a suitable outfit for the interview. After changing 100 times I went with an outfit that said “I am a role model, but I’m still a big kid at heart” the clothes I chose showed that I could be smart and sophisticated but that I am still a bundle of fun, and to top it off I put a smile on my dial. Yes, an outfit can say all that!

Finally the time had arrived to jump in my car and drive to Cambridge to meet my Camp America interviewer Tracey.

I set off on my journey with my GPS because I have a great track record of getting lost. I had the music blasting with the windows down, I was listening to “ready or not” by Bridget Meddler ironic now that I think of it.

I made it to Tracey’s house in record time and had 20 minutes to spare so I took some time just to take a breather and relax. I made my way down the path and up the stairs, I took a deep breath in, and then gave a excited knock on the door. Her little dog went crazy and assured me I wasn’t the only excited one.

Tracey greeted me with a big hello instantly I wondered what I was so nervous about. I had got myself all worked up for nothing and quickly all reasons for being nervous left my body.

I was offered a hot beverage or drink which I gladly accepted, it was such a nice gesture and made me feel at ease. It also assured me that Camp America only hires the best to look after those going through the interviewing process.

We sat down in her office and talked about me… my favourite subject, just kidding personally I find it really hard to talk about myself (then after spending 5 months in America I found that Americans can be the complete opposite....good to know).

She asked really good questions that helped me to re-think and change how I worded previous statements on my application. These questions also helped me to see new skills that I possessed and could put on my profile.

We talked about where I saw myself fitting into a team and the opportunities I hoped to experience at camp. These thoughts just got me even more excited for getting placed so we talked about her experience at camp which was neat to hear. The interview was about an hour long, I left Tracey’s house feeling like a million bucks, knowing that I was one step closer to my dream of working at a Camp in America.

The Top tips I could share with you from my experience are:

  • Relax and breathe – The interviewer doesn’t want you passing out at their door step
  • Smile and speak clearly
  • Dress smartly but still show your personality
  • Sound organised - know what you want to say
  • Most importantly be yourself

And remember your Camp America interviewer wants you to pass.

Comment below and let me know how your interview went or if you have any questions.

~ Rebecca

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