Welcome to the Summer Camp Leadership blog. For those of us who lead summer camps, making a positive difference in the lives of young people is our passion. Turning that passion into a reality, however, takes more than the ability to lead songs, teach archery or plan craft projects. Creating camp experiences that truly transform lives takes leadership. Leadership that creates a vision for the future, leadership that inspires and engages others, leadership that remains focused and stays the course. My hope is through this blog you'll find ideas, inspiration and tools to help you be a great summer camp leader.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Non-Traditional Interview Questions

In a recent article in Inc. a number of companies were asked to share the best questions they ask in employee interviews.

  • What do you believe strongly in that most people would disagree with?
  • What does your closet look like?
  • What are five uses for a stapler other than stapling paper?
  • We require each person at the company to work reception for half a day every two months. Would you be OK with this?
  • If you could start any business in the world right now what would it be?
  • What about your education did you find to be complete garbage?
  • What was the last book you read?
None of these question ask about the applicant's skills or qualifications for a particular job. They all get at who the applicant is. What are their values? What do they believe in? Are they organized?  Are they creative?

As you think about how you're going to interview staff for next summer consider adding some of  these types of questions. Don't quit asking important job specific questions such as whether they have experience working with kids. Just consider adding a few questions that get at who the person really is inside. Let them tell you about their beliefs, values and passions. Added to traditional interview questions, these types of unique questions can give us valuable insight into potential staff members.