Slightly related to Lifeguarding, I got an email back
By - 15LG
They’re probably going to ask you about your past experience, so if you have any, be ready to talk about it. It’s likely they’ll ask about your availability to work, so know what days/times you can work. If you’re in the US, don’t ask for the 4th of July off.
If they ask if you have any questions, ask at least one question to show interest. If you genuinely have a question, ask it. If you can’t think of anything, ask about job specifics or the facility. Will you get a paid lunch break? How many other lifeguards are on staff and how many will you work with every day? Will they provide a uniform or do you have to buy your own?
thanks so much !
Congrats on taking the first steps!
Since you are 16 I am assuming you most likely have little formal work history. At least that’s how I was when I interviewed at that age. In that case, be prepared to talk about your previous experiences in school, on sports teams, or volunteering in the community if any of those are applicable.
You are in luck because in a phone interview you are able to prepare and have things written out and laid out in front of you. I would recommend looking up common interview questions and writing out some bullet points for you to reference during the interview. You should also have some information about their agency researched as well, including who the chief is, their core values, the area they cover, equipment they use, and what year they were founded. Additionally have some questions prepared for them about their agency, what their training looks like, etc.
They may ask some situational questions, these could be something like: tell them about a time you experienced a difficultly and how you overcame it? Or have you ever had a disagreement with a coworker/classmate/friend and how did you handle it. They will be looking for a specific situation and the steps you took to resolve it.
Since this is a beach lifeguard interview they will most likely want to know about your experience in the ocean. Know a little about currents, rip currents, surf, marine life other ocean hazards and be prepared to talk about your experience with all of these topics. In my experience, beach agencies will teach you what you need to know and certify you on the all the first aid and CPR courses that you will need so I doubt there will be specific medical questions unless they expect you to already be certified.
Good luck and feel free to ask me any questions. I have experience on both sides of the interview process and would be happy to be a resource for anyone looking to get into the career.
thank you very much, this helped me a lot.
if possible, could you get me started specifically on the ocean, i don’t know where to begin since there's so much.
I would start by looking up what a rip current is, also known as a rip (please don’t call them rip tides or undertow). Then head down to the beach and just watch the water, see if you can see any of them. Just being overall familiar with the ocean will be a plus in your interview.
Again most likely they would cover this in some way during a training academy but better to get a jump on it. If they do ask you something you’re not familiar with you can always say so and tell them what resources you could use to find out the answer or ask if it’s something they would cover in training.