Sunday, October 29, 2006

Rotary Interview #1

Okay, so I would've posted this sooner but for some reason Blogger didn't like me the other night and wouldn't let me in. For those of you who care, or happened to read the entry where I talked about Applying for Rotary Youth Exchange, I have some updates on that.

I had gotten a call last Monday from the man in charge of our district's exchange program he had called to set up an appointment for my first Rotary interview. So Thursday, I arrived with my parents and went through one of the scariest things I've done in my entire life. Which is sit across the table from three older gentlemen while they drill me with really nasty questions. Especially at the beginning...


What would you do if you go overseas and people start saying that amiericans just take and take and never give, how would you handle that?

What are three things you would take abroad to represent the American Culture?

And so on and so forth. It did get a little easier after a while. The questions ranged from really silly stuff such as "Have you ever flown in a plane before" Which actually I can see the reason they ask, to really hard stuff as mentioned above. Some other questions were:

-How strict are your parents?

-Do you realize that you won't be able to drive overseas?

-What if your host family pressures you to have your parents send more money so they can buy your host brother new jeans?

-Do you have a serous boyfriend?

-Do you smoke or drink?

-How would you handle the opportunity to go to a different type of church or religious service?

-What do you know about Rotary.

-What do you think is the scariest part of going overseas?

-What are you most excited about?

So as you can see it was a long tough interview. Hopefully if there's anyone out there going to a rotary interview, these questions will help get you ready. I really had no idea what to expect when I went in. After I got interviewed by myself, I had to get my parents who were waiting, and then they got interviewed as well (I was there too but that part of the interview was mostly them.) The upshot of all this is that I was the last interview and so yesterday I got a call that said I had passed the first interview with flying colors and so this means that I get to go on to the district interview where I basically get to do the same thing again! I'm a little nervous but at least I know what sort of questions they're going to ask, unless of course they ask me different ones. I hope not.


Kirk said...

Thank you SO MUCH for posting this. I'm going for my first Rotary interview today at 12 and I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Hopefully it won't be as strenuous as yours was!

Hopeful said...

Oh boy. I just recieved notice that my interview will be this upcoming Saturday morning. A lot of preparing I need to do as I'm not a very open person right off the bat. Thanks for this =] Wish me luck! And I hope you get a spot too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooo much i have my interview tomorrow at 2 and i am soo nevous

Anonymous said...

I AM SO ... ARGH! i saw this AFTER my interview - i totally messed up! If i saw this earlier! lol. oh well. i guess i can try again later...

Anonymous said...

Thanks ! I have an interview at 12 an had no idea about what to say .