Important: Please refer to this article on MyAFS News for information on conducting and submitting Host Family Interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spend the first few minutes, introducing yourself and meeting the applicant/s. You can take this opportunity to share your AFS experience and volunteer role. Make sure you that provide a quick overview of the interview process and the purpose of the interview as well as reminding the applicant/s that this is their opportunity to ask their questions and learn more about AFS.
During the Interview
The interview is a conversation between you and the applicant/s, and is a balance between listening and talking. This is an opportunity for the applicant/s to learn more about the program they are applying and about AFS. This is also your opportunity as the interviewer to learn and observe the applicant.
If they have a question that you do not know the answer to, you can either capture the question and find the answer for them, or direct them either to the AFS-USA website which has a lot of detailed information on our programs or to the appropriate staff member.
Depending on the type of interview and interview setting, you can either fill out the interview form directly on your computer or you can download the interview form and write down your responses directly on the form. Here is a link to the different interview forms located in Resources.
Do not forget to thank the applicant/s for their time and for their interest in AFS and let them know when they can expect to hear back from AFS about their application. This is also an opportunity to leave the applicant/s with information/brochures about other AFS programs and information about the team and local AFS events.
After the Interview
Make sure to transcribe your notes onto the online interview form and submit them via myAFS.