The ability to show confidence in both yourself and in the task that is given to you. There is nothing wrong with not knowing how to do something new, but once the process has been explained, or it has been demonstrated, the assessors will be looking for you to confidently undertake the task.
A clear and concise manner which shows the character of the instructor is an important indicator of who will make a good instructor. When you are asked to demonstrate perhaps a simple canoe stroke, or climb a rope ladder, make sure your instructions are neither long-winded nor confusing.
Displaying a positive attitude is vital. Once you realise that your attitude can have either a positive or negative influence on the tasks and the centre itself, you can begin to see why having a constant positive attitude is so important.
The ability to follow a task through to the end keeping the quality both concise and
consistent throughout. If you can show an earnest effort to get the job done then that will count for a lot during your interview.
To a great extent, enthusiasm is infectious, so if you can demonstrate it, it can really help both the people you are teaching, and perhaps even rub off on the people conducting your interview. Possessing this quality will prevent any teaching session from becoming poor. The level and extent that the session is pitched must always be positive.
By this we mean your physical appearance. It's the same reason you would do better to wear a shirt and tie to an interview for an office job. You are unlikely to be wearing a suit during selection day, but the presentation of an instructor should always be clean and well groomed.
What do we mean by this? Well imagine that one instructor shows some of the qualities already mentioned above, such as enthusiasm and confidence. They are more likely to be standing at the front, and eager to get involved. This type of presence will inspire confidence in your fellow instructors and also in your pupils during the activities. Children especially are more drawn towards people with a confident presence as they take it as a signal that you know what you are doing and are someone worth looking up to.
Remember that you will be the face of the company, one of the people who interacts most with the visitors to the centre, so it is important to remember that the company image is projected through you. You need to be a good role model both in and out of work.
This one is especially important if you are working at a centre where you all live on site. Even smaller centres are very close-knit compared to a lot of other work places. Working in outdoor adventure there is always the feeling of being part of a team. Having the ability to integrate into a family like structure, and perhaps living, eating and sleeping in a residential environment, is an important part of becoming a member of that team.
Ability to inspire confidence in others, and to reassure them about undertaking a new activity that they have perhaps not tried before, or think that they are not capable of doing. You are taking people outside of their comfort zone and they need you to give them the belief that they can do it, as well as the technical knowledge.
There will be plenty of people who take to activities like ducks to water, but as an instructor you will also come across those who will not be very good, or who will not listen to or follow your instructions, especially if you are teaching children. If you don't have a strong patience gene then you are going to get frustrated and that will turn the activity into a negative experience for the individual.