Sample Interview Questions-Child Life
Office of Career Services
Activities Building West
Current Students, use MyWheelock to make an appointment. (click on Appointments to search the Career Services calendar for an open appointment.)
Alumni, ask questions or make appointments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are questions typically asked of Child Life students and alumni.
Disclaimer: these are just some questions that could be asked and should not be taken literally as the questions to expect. Interview questions vary depending on the interviewer and/or organization.
- There are many careers involving service to and advocacy for children and families. Why have you chosen to pursue child life?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses in working with children?
- How would a child you've worked with describe you?
- Describe a time when you have had to advocate for a child:
- What are the three most important child life roles?
- What do you feel is the value of play for a hospitalized child?
- Describe for me an experience you've had with a hospitalized child or family member that was significant to you:
- What type of activities would you provide for a five year old patient in traction?
- Give an example of a time where you received constructive feedback and how you reacted and what you did with the information:
- How would you describe the role of a child life specialist to a family that you are meeting for the first time?
- Tell me about documentation and why it is important.
- Please talk about how developmental stages influence play activities providing examples of types of activities that are appropriate at each child development stage.
- Identify what would cause stress for the patient or their family in the following situation:
- A 6-month-old child having an IV start for the first time. Parents are present and very anxious about how the child will respond.
- An 8 year old is having an IV start. The previous IV took multiple sticks. The child's parents had to go to work and the child will be alone for the procedure.
Additional resources: childlife.org