Sample Interview Questions-Child Life

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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.

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