Archivist Interview Questions

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What would your previous supervisor say about your archival skills?

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List of 25 Archivist Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    What would your previous supervisor say about your archival skills?

  2. 2.

    Are you interested in obtaining a Masters' degree in Archival Sciences?

  3. 3.

    When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

  4. 4.

    Tell me about a time when you incorrectly appraised a document. How did this come to your attention and how were you able to correct this?

  5. 5.

    Why did you apply to our job posting and why do you wish to work for us?

  6. 6.

    What type of archival work are you most familiar with?

  7. 7.

    Have you ever misplaced documents? If so, what did you do?

  8. 8.

    Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

  9. 9.

    What about being an archivist excites you, and what originally attracted you to this career?

  10. 10.

    How well are you able to write descriptions on records? Do you enjoy doing this, and if so why?

  11. 11.

    Tell me about your organizational skills in a work environment.

  12. 12.

    Describe a time when you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not feel like doing.

  13. 13.

    Give me an example of a time when you went above and beyond.

  14. 14.

    If you could not be an archivist, what other career path would you choose?

  15. 15.

    Why is this profession important for society?

  16. 16.

    How well do you understand, or have knowledge of, the artifacts and records that our institution collects?

  17. 17.

    What eras of history do you enjoy studying the most?

  18. 18.

    How do you get along with others at work?

  19. 19.

    Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator? v) films; and vi) electronic data.

  20. 20.

    As part of your duties, you may be required to lift heavy objects. Do you have any physical restrictions?

  21. 21.

    Tell me about your post-secondary education and how you feel it prepared you for this position.

  22. 22.

    What do you know about our company culture?

  23. 23.

    How do you handle a larger than average workload?

  24. 24.

    Would you consider yourself a creative person?

  25. 25.

    How often do you take work home with you?