Questions to Ask

The interview is your opportunity to learn more about the position, the school, and the department you are considering. You’re not just looking for the school that will have you, you’re looking for a good fit; a program that fits your philosophy and will meet your needs as a professional. Most interviews will provide you with an opportunity to ask questions during the interview. If you do not have any questions, it may look as if you don’t care, haven’t prepared, or are not discriminate in your job search. Before heading into an interview, write down a list of things you would honestly want to know about a school or job. Some sample questions include:

  • Can you tell me a little more about the staff structure in your program?
  • What kind of a staff development programs do you offer?
  • What can you tell me about the community of ___ (city)_______?
  • In what ways is your program growing?
  • What opportunities might I have for committee involvement?
  • What challenges are currently facing your department/institution?
  • What kind of training would I be given for this position?
  • What qualities are you looking for in a candidate?
  • Can you tell me about the hiring time line for this position?
  • How would you describe the students in your school?
  • What percentage of your students are minority? What programs and services do you provide to address their needs?
  • What attracted you to _____________ College/University?
  • What are the things you like most about working here? What are some things you would change?
  • What is the next step after this position?
  • If you could change one thing about your institution what would it be?
  • How does the University/residence life office involve you in decisions?
  • How would you describe the campus climate at the University?
  • What are you looking to accomplish with me as your (position title)?
  • What types of customer service initiatives have you implemented to address student needs?
  • What steps are taken to recruit and maintain diversity among our staff?

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