HR - Selection Team (August 2018)
Have you read applications or conducted interviews for Global Citizen Year before?
Please read the selection below from a sample applicant's extended response on why he wants to be a Global Citizen Year Fellow.
I am applying to be a Global Citizen Year Fellow because it seems like an amazing experience. I am not sure what I want to do with my life. I know I want to go to college, but I feel like I need to live a little more and do something out of the ordinary. What I like about your program is that it seems very challenging, and to be honest, it scares the heck out of me.
I like a number of things that your program offers: I like to help people and make a difference; I like to meet people and get to know different cultures; and lastly I want to feel like I'm a part of something. I have been in school forever, at least it feels that way. Formal education is good; however, traveling, immersion, and life experience can't be beat. By being immersed and living among different people, I would get to know whow they think, how they feel, and what's important to them.
Traveling for a short time a few years ago to get my sister in France was eye-opening for me; people are different, cultures are different, and even though the US has a lot of influence, there are many people that don't like the US. Unfortunately, stereotypes are believed, generalizations run rampant, and some people are narrow-minded. The solution is to try and walk in their shoes, see their point of view, even if you don't agree, and try to understand where they are coming from.
I would love to be a leader, even though at this point I am more of a follower. Any leadership skills that I could learn would be welcome. The truth is that it is easy to be a follower, not much is expected. I would love to rise to the occasion and be a leader. My biggest challenge would be adapting to a new lifestyle. I know that I am very comfortable with my own bed, my room, my xbox, and the list goes on and on. I have no doubt I can adapt, but it would be a little difficult getting to that point. My goals would be to have new experiences, meet new people, try different things, learn about others, and make the most out of the year.
What are 3 follow-up questions you would ask this applicant in an interview?
Selection Team members are required to post at least three 1-hour time slots per month for interviews (this increases to five slots in September, December, March, May). You can post these times according to your own availability. Each interview will take about 1.5 (15 minutes to prep, 1 hour to interview, 15 minutes to evaluate).
Do you anticipate any months where you cannot commit to posting at least three 1-hour time slots?
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