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Top 30 Academic Advisor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 32
What would you do if a student on your academic roster was failing a course?
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Question 2 of 32
What did you think of your academic advisor when you were an undergraduate student?
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How to Answer
The interviewer is wondering if perhaps you were influenced by the career path of academic advisor by a positive, or even negative, experience of your own. Hopefully positive! This question is not an invitation to complain about your experience or speak negatively about anyone. Keep your answer brief and positive.

Answer Example
"When I was an undergraduate student, my academic advisor was well received and quite helpful. The resources she offered were strong. I knew my direction right from the start which meant that I didn't need to rely too heavily on her but, overall, I had a great example."
Entry Level Example
"Great question! I had an awesome relationship with my academic advisor, and she helped me immensely. Her influence is a big part of why I am pursuing a career as an academic advisor, today."
Experienced Example
"It's tough to remember that far back! Just kidding, of course. I recall a being a bit lost during my undergrad, to be honest. My academic advisor took the time to walk me through many different options, preferences, and even set me up with some opportunities to job shadow a few professionals. In the end, I found his job to be the most interesting of all!"
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Question 3 of 32
When given your advisory roster, how much of each student's background do you like to learn?
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The correct answer to this question will always be 'as much as possible!'. The interviewer wants to see that you are engaged with your students and that you have the natural desire to get to know them better. The more you know, the better you can assist!

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"The more I know about each student on my roster, the more targeted I can be with my coaching and recommendations. I truly do take the time to get to know each student on my roster. I want to know as much as I can!"
Entry Level Example
"I will be eager to get to know as much about my students as possible. I feel that this will only make my job easier, and make their experience much better as well."
Experienced Example
"I feel that, as an academic advisor, it's my job to get to know the student body in its entirety. For that reason, I do get to know as much as I can about my students before the school year begins, and as it progresses."
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Question 4 of 32
Under what circumstance would you suggest a student change majors?
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The interviewer wants to know that you fully understand the gravity of a decision like changing majors. They want to see that you can guide their students wisely. If you can, give an example of a time when you suggested a student change majors.

Answer Example
"Changing majors can be serious business, especially if the student is at risk of losing out financially due to the decision. I would suggest a student change majors once they have found themselves completely disengaged and uninterested in the program. I would also only suggest a change once the student is very clear on the alternate major they would like to take."
Entry Level Example
"The situation would have to be very severe before I would recommend changing majors. That isn't a small decision. It can be costly and time-consuming. I would only recommend changing majors if the student was highly unhappy and on the verge of dropping out altogether."
Experienced Example
"As an experienced academic advisor, I do not feel that it is my place to discourage heavily if a student is truly unhappy with their originally chosen major. It is their life and their future career path. I will provide them with a lot of well-researched information, supporting either decision. A pros and cons list so to speak. My primary focus would be to support the decision that they make in the end seamlessly."
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Question 5 of 32
What are your favorite resources for helping students discover potential career choices?
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The interviewer would like to know what types of resources you prefer to utilize when advising your students on their potential career choices. Give two strong examples if you can. This will show that you are well-rounded and able to offer variety to your students. At the end of your answer, be sure to ask the interviewer if they have any recommendations or favorites as well. This can strike up a friendly and informative conversation.

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"I like to take a well-rounded and modern approach when it comes to the resources I offer my students. These days, if it isn't online or available on a device, they simply don't follow through on the resource. For this reason, my top 2 resources are Gladeox.org where students can take an online career quiz as well as utilize other resources for career discovery. The second resource I frequently use is 16personalities.com. It's a fun, interactive, and incredibly focused personality quiz which gives career suggestions based on your core characteristics. Do you have other resources that you prefer to use?"
Entry Level Example
"While completing my masters' degree, I learned of a few fantastic resources for helping students discover new career choices. A few of the most memorable ones were an exploratory quiz as well as an academic success plan template. Which are the favorite resources used at your educational facility?"
Experienced Example
"Over the years, I have leaned on two primary resources for helping my students to discover potential career choices. First, predictivesuccess.com which helps me to predict a student's behavior and then create an action plan. Second, my employer's internal program that offers a variety of career discovery resources. Could you share with me the resources that you use here?"
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Question 6 of 32
Walk me through your approach with students who are undecided on their major.
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Question 7 of 32
We are asking for 8 years of experience in an academic environment and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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Question 8 of 32
As an academic advisor you will often be privy to sensitive situations. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Question 9 of 32
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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Question 10 of 32
How often do you take work home with you?
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Question 11 of 32
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 12 of 32
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
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Question 13 of 32
Do you consider yourself a team player? Why?
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Question 14 of 32
Presenting accurate reports and documentation is an important part of being an academic advisor. How would you describe your written communication skills?
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Question 15 of 32
Why do you want to work as an academic advisor?
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Question 16 of 32
How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 17 of 32
What do you know about the culture at our school?
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Question 18 of 32
How do you explain complicated concepts to those who may not understand?
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Question 19 of 32
Tell me about your leadership qualities and how those help you with leading your students.
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Question 20 of 32
As an academic advisor, understanding sources of inspiration is important. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
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Question 21 of 32
What unique qualities can you bring to our school?
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Question 22 of 32
In your opinion, what are the top 3 functions of an academic advisor?
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Question 23 of 32
How familiar are you with the undergrad and graduate programs at our school?
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Question 24 of 32
What do you find most rewarding about being an academic advisor?
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Question 25 of 32
How often do you monitor the progress of the students on your academic roster?
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Question 26 of 32
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 27 of 32
All of our candidates must pass a criminal record check and education verification. Is there any reason why you would not be comfortable with this?
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Question 28 of 32
If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
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Question 29 of 32
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 30 of 32
What is your current salary?
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Question 31 of 32
When faced with a problem, are you more likely to jump into solving it, or are you the type to carefully assess the issue first?
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Question 32 of 32
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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About Academic Advisor

August 17th, 2017

An Academic Advisor has a crucial role in the development of college students. Many college students will switch majors multiple times throughout their college careers. An academic advisor helps focus a college student's academic choice into one target. Potentially, saving them many semesters or quarters.

Academic advisors need to have a strong passion for education and helping students succeed. College is a very overwhelming experience for most students. An advisor can play a tremendous part in settling the nerves of a college student by having them focus and give them confidence on their major. They will have to work together and understand each student well to give them valuable advice on which major to pursue. If the student's major is known, then it is up to the advisor to make sure the student is taking the necessary classes to complete their major within the standard four years.

The interview process for an academic advisor will be challenging. You will have to describe your passion for helping students. You will also need to have a strong educational background and a good understanding of the university. Be able to recite a few examples of when you helped a student before. If you have never had student interaction, then become a tutor! Do anything where you can be involved with helping a student in a leadership or advisory role. Get some experience before your interview.

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