Congratulations on becoming the newest lifesaving, action taking, challenge meeting professional lifeguard by completing your lifeguard certification exams! Now, it’s time to move forward and take those new skills and that deep driven passion to help others and find your first lifeguard job.
Although it takes a special kind of candidate to fit the role and demands of a lifeguard, many of the most common lifeguard interview questions are based on common sense and to test your ambition to simply ensure that you have what it takes to make the team. Much like any career or job, the interview is a chance for both the candidate and the potential employer to get a feel for each other and see how compatible the relationship may be before moving forward.
Before you set off to take on the interview questions head on, here is a list of some of the most common lifeguard interview questions that you may want to prepare yourself for. Take these questions seriously, but do not feel threatened or anxious, as they are merely tools in making sure you can provide the right fit for the job.
Please feel free to tell us a little bit about yourself and about your lifeguard certification and training.
Obviously, the relationship between employer and employee needs to be healthy and compatible, so be open and share yourself as an individual. Be upfront and proud of your training and your lifeguard certification credentials as these are important for your interviewer to know all about.
Why do you feel that you would make a good fit in our team as a lifeguard?
This is your chance to ‘sell yourself’ and show your potential employer why they should consider you for the position. Don’t hold back, but don’t get cocky, either!
In your own opinion, what is the definition of “integrity” and how does it apply to the position you are seeking?
Professionalism, maturity and reliability are key points to make in order for you to present yourself as a valuable asset. The responsibilities of a lifeguard are heavy and this is an opportunity to show your potential employer that you have what it takes to spearhead the challenges.
What do you believe are qualities that make for a successful aquatic program?
Show a firm belief in the facilities mission and vision in providing customer service and ensuring that the facilities patrons and customer are safe. Prior to the interview, do some research on the facility and find the information before you ever step foot into the interview.
How would you plan on enforcing rules and regulations of the facility and the program?
This is a chance to show off your customer service skills, yet also to show that you can be firm and provide the “show of strength” in being able to respect the facility regulations.
How would you manage difficult customers?
There are some basic skills here, but the most important one is to – LISTEN – to the customer. In many cases, customers become unruly because they feel that they are not being listened to. Empathize with the difficult customer and let them feel understood, then deal with the issue as professionally and mutually beneficial as possible.
Describe some important qualities to have when working with children.
Children LOVE playing in the water – unfortunately, many young children are not experienced swimmers and lifeguards must take extra caution in ensuring that both parents and children are properly monitored. Children scare easily, so emergency situations can bring some unique challenges when children are involved.
What do you believe are the most important characteristics of a lifeguard?
Illustrate the importance of what you learned in your lifeguard certification program and training. Professionalism, maturity, reliability and maintaining a positive attitude are just a few.
What are you looking to gain from your employment here if you were hired?
Share your planned career path and don’t be afraid to ask questions, but it is good to have a structured plan on where you see yourself as a professional lifeguard later on as well.
Why should we consider you for this position?
More than likely, you are competing with other candidates for the position you are interviewing for. This is possibly a second opportunity to sell yourself and push your name ahead of the list. Be honest and again, show your passion and desire for why you applied for the position in the first place.
Common sense and honesty are two of the most important factors that you can bring to the interview that can help you get the job you’re looking for. Your hard work and dedication to get your lifeguard certification credentials can be used in showing your potential employer how ambitious you are in becoming a rescue service professional and move forward in your career as a lifeguard.