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Top 20 Archivist Interview Questions
Question 1 of 24
How do you stay focused while completing tedious tasks?
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Question 1 of 24
How do you stay focused while completing tedious tasks?
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"I always remain focused when working on tasks. I am extremely passionate about the work and love to completely immerse myself and know all there is to know about specific documents and records. I have no problem keeping my concentration for a long period of time."
Answer by providing tools that help you remain focused. Alternatively, mention tricks that you have to keep your concentration.
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Question 2 of 24
What about being an Archivist excites you, and what originally attracted you to this career?
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"I am passionate about history and the discovery of new documents and artifacts that can open our eyes to periods of history."
Tell the interviewer what excites you about this position and why you decided to pursue this career. Demonstrate your passion for the field and enthusiasm for this career.
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Question 3 of 24
How well are you able to write descriptions on records? Do you enjoy doing this, and if so why?
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Question 4 of 24
Walk me through your typical research style.
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Question 5 of 24
Tell me about your organizational skills in a work environment.
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Question 6 of 24
Have you ever misplaced documents? If so, what did you do?
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Question 7 of 24
What types of record management are you most familiar with?
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Question 8 of 24
Tell me about the most challenging work you have done in the past.
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Question 9 of 24
What type of archival work are you most familiar with?
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Question 10 of 24
Why is this profession important for society?
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Question 11 of 24
If you could not be an Archivist, what other career path would you choose?
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Question 12 of 24
As part of your duties, you may be required to lift heavy objects. Do you have any physical restrictions?
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Question 13 of 24
Tell me about your post-secondary education and how you feel it prepared you for this position.
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Question 14 of 24
Are you interested in obtaining a Masters' degree in Archival Sciences?
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Question 15 of 24
Do you have any volunteer experience relevant to this position?
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Question 16 of 24
Tell me about your technical skills, and the programs in which you are proficient.
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Question 17 of 24
Archivists have a good variety of career options. If you could choose, would you best like to work for a museum, school, government agency or private organization?
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Question 18 of 24
There are many mediums which need to be archived. Out of the following, which are your top three in terms of archival preferences? i) sound recordings; ii) videos; iii) documents; iv) photographs; v) films; and vi) electronic data.
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Question 19 of 24
What part of being an Archivist do you enjoy the most?
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Question 20 of 24
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?
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Question 21 of 24
What eras of history do you enjoy studying the most?
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Question 22 of 24
Why did you apply to our job posting and why do you wish to work for us?
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Question 23 of 24
How well do you understand, or have knowledge of, the artifacts and records that our institution collects?
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Question 24 of 24
What would your previous supervisor say about your archival skills?
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