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Board Chairman Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Board Chairman interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Why do you want a career as a board chairman?

How to Answer

Being a board chairman comes with great responsibility but also a great sense of satisfaction. The interviewer would like to know your reason or motivation for wanting to become a boards chairman. In your response, discuss the impact you'd like to make, your background that has equipped you for this role, your leadership goals, or even your desire to contribute to the organization's mission. Whatever your reason, make sure your response demonstrates your ability to add value to the organization.

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30 Board Chairman Interview Questions & Answers

  • Career Goals

    1. Why do you want a career as a board chairman?

      How to Answer

      Being a board chairman comes with great responsibility but also a great sense of satisfaction. The interviewer would like to know your reason or motivation for wanting to become a boards chairman. In your response, discuss the impact you'd like to make, your background that has equipped you for this role, your leadership goals, or even your desire to contribute to the organization's mission. Whatever your reason, make sure your response demonstrates your ability to add value to the organization.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I studied finance in college and have held various roles in finance and management. My goal of becoming a board chairman comes from my desire to positively impact your organization in a leadership role, and more importantly, I want to help make decisions that drive you closer to fulfilling your overall mission."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "As a board chairman, I know I will strengthen my leadership skills and be exposed to various leadership styles. I am also very passionate about your mission to do XYZ."

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  • Communication

    2. How would you rate your communication skills?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know your communication skill level. As a board chairman, you will communicate with individuals in and outside of the organization, so this is an important skill. Share your communication skill level for verbal and written communication as this covers speaking in public, talking on the phone, emails, and other forms of communication typically done in an organization.

      You can also make your answer clear by rating yourself from 1 - 10 on your communication skills. If you have any formal training, be sure to mention that as well.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I would rate my communication skills as a 9. There is always room for improvement, but I have developed strong communication skills over the years by being professional, explaining things clearly and thoroughly, and thinking before I speak. I have spoken in front of groups of all sizes, and email is a regular part of my duties."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "My communication skills are an 8. Speaking in front of large groups is the one area I struggle in, but I would love the opportunity to join an organization where I can build my skills."

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  • Communication

    3. Do you have experience speaking in front of groups?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know your public speaking skill level. As a board chairman, you know that speaking in front of people will be a regular part of your duties. Feel free to bring a previously recorded video or presentation of you speaking in front of a large group if you have one. Otherwise, be prepared with examples that include the number of people you have spoken to, the range of topics, and the outcome.

      You can also make your answer clear by rating yourself from 1 - 10 on your public speaking skills. If you have any formal training in public speaking, be sure to mention that as well.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I've spoken in front of large groups of people within my previous organization and my community. While I wouldn't say that I'm an expert, I certainly do not have stage fright when it is time to present. I would enjoy gaining more exposure to public speaking and delivering presentations."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "My public speaking experience is minimal; however, I am currently working on improving my skills. I attend toastmaster events and volunteer to lead monthly meetings within my organization."

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  • Compatibility

    4. What would other co-workers or board members say about your work ethic or character?

      How to Answer

      Being a board chairman means working on a unique leadership team, all working towards a common goal. The interviewer wants to know what kind of team member you will be. Think about the qualities that make a good board chairman. You'll likely identify a few that you possess! Share what previous co-workers or board members have said about your work ethic and demonstrate how these qualities align with the requirements of a board chairman.

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  • Compatibility

    5. Why are you the best board chairman for us?

      How to Answer

      This question is your opportunity to shine! Think about the job description and requirements of the board chairman and think about how your skills and knowledge align with what the organization is seeking. Also, think about your reason for applying to be a board chairman. Share how your attributes align perfectly for the role and express your desire to move the organization's mission forward. Show that you have what it takes and that you are passionate about it!

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  • Compatibility

    6. Where do you think your strengths fit in with the current board?

      How to Answer

      Each board member comes with their own strengths. The interviewer wants to know how your strengths will be beneficial to the current board. It's a good idea to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of a board or organization before your interview. This tells you their pain points or areas of struggle that they need to improve. In your response, express how your skills and attributes will impact those areas.

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  • Compatibility

    7. Why should we hire you?

      How to Answer

      This question is often a challenge for individuals to respond to when they are unsure or can't articulate how they can benefit the company. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived. It is also a good idea to think about the highlights of previous job performance reviews. If a supervisor praised you on a particular area that you do well or received recognition for making a significant impact on a project, feel free to mention this in your response if it relates to the expectations of a board chairman.

      Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! Your answer could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, additional industry-related training, a second language, or your involvement in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

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  • Diligence

    8. How will you stay current on trends and developments that may impact the organization?

      How to Answer

      Staying on top of trends and developments not only allows you to stay ahead of the competition but also ensures you are offering products and services that meet the current needs of your audience. It also ensures your organization is using systems and processes that aren't outdated. Share how you stay current on the latest trends and developments. Some examples may include reading blogs, subscribing to related news providers, attending conferences, and networking with others.

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  • Diligence

    9. What do you feel is the most important thing we do for the community?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how much you know about the organization. Before your interview, take some time to read the organization's website, reviewers, and other news so you can learn what it is they do. This will give you an idea of the organization's history, activities, and communities they serve. Show the interviewer that you've done your research and also be prepared to share what you feel is their most important community effort and why.

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  • Discovery

    10. What three words would you use to describe yourself?

      How to Answer

      For this question, think about the qualities or requirements needed to fulfill the role of board chairman. Then, think about your own qualities that align with these qualities. Perhaps you are driven, ambitious, philanthropic, selfless, dedicated, honest, or possess other characteristics that describe who you are. Ultimately, you want to show the interviewer how you possess the qualities they are seeking in a good board chairperson and member of their team.

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  • Experience

    11. What recruitment methods do you use to attract employees or other board members?

      How to Answer

      As a board member, recruitment is something you'll do for new employees and other board members. Part of your job is to be on the lookout for people who can bring their experience and talent to the board. Share how you will attract the best talent for positions in the organization and on the board. Some examples include networking, community events, recruiters, job boards, and headhunters.

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  • Experience

    12. Have you ever had to fire anyone? How did you feel about that?

      How to Answer

      A necessary yet uncomfortable part of any supervisory role is having to fire someone who is not meeting the expectations of the position and/or company. The interviewer wants to know if you have experience firing employees and your comfort level in doing so. If you've never fired anyone, that's ok. Share how you would approach the situation if the need should arise.

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  • Experience

    13. Tell me about your board experience.

      How to Answer

      Serving on a board comes with a host of responsibilities, from monitoring finances to spreading the word about the organization, and experience is often gained by serving on other boards. The interviewer wants to know if you have previous board experience. If you do, share your experience with the interviewer and make sure you highlight your specific experience relative to the areas listed in the board chairman job description.

      If you don't have experience, feel free to share any experience you may have that is similar to serving on a board, such as leadership positions or serving on committees.

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  • Experience

    14. What fundraising experience do you have?

      How to Answer

      Fundraising is a key part of serving on a board. It is used to raise funds for an organization and raise awareness about a particular cause. Share any fundraising experience you may have with the interviewer. This might include planning, organizing, managing the events, or spreading the word about it in the community.

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  • Experience

    15. What strategies do you use to manage your time?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about how you manage your projects and daily tasks and how those will help you succeed in your role as a board chairman.

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  • Experience

    16. Describe your experience with legal and financial documents.

      How to Answer

      Board members must know how to read financial statements and legal documents to comply with laws and regulations. Share your experience with these types of documents with the interviewer. If you don't have significant experience, you can also share any education you've had pertaining to them.

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  • Experience

    17. How do you handle difficult personalities?

      How to Answer

      Working with other people isn't always the pleasant experience we hope it will be. Whether it is a co-worker or someone from outside of the agency, there may be times when you encounter someone with a difficult personality. The interviewer wants to know how you handle these types of personalities and your ability to work with all types of people. Give an example of a time when this occurred and in your response, show the interviewer that you can remain professional, understanding, and patient.

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  • Job Satisfaction

    18. What makes our organization's mission powerful for you?

      How to Answer

      When selecting members of a board, organizations want people who will be passionate about advancing the mission. Think about why you've chosen this organization. Perhaps you are passionate about the impact it makes in the community, or maybe the purpose resonates with you personally. The interviewer wants to know why you feel their mission is powerful. Express your thoughts and feelings about the mission. Be descriptive and honest in your answer.

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  • Leadership

    19. Do you consider yourself a leader?

      How to Answer

      By definition, a leader can lead others, have authority, and make people work together towards a common goal. The interviewer wants to know if you consider yourself a leader and if you have what it takes to lead people inside and outside of their organization. Whether or not you have officially held leadership roles, you may possess leadership qualities. Be honest in your response and share if you possess the following common qualities of a leader:

      -Good communicator
      -Has a vision for the future
      -Empathetic
      -Accountable
      -Expresses gratitude

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  • Leadership

    20. Tell me about your most successful leadership experience.

      How to Answer

      As a board chairman, you take on a leadership role for your organization. You make important decisions about your organization's services, programs, resources, and most importantly, you work to fulfill the organization's mission and goals. The interviewer would like to hear about a successful leadership experience you experienced. Your response should explain what made the experience successful. If you don't have an example involving you as the leader, share an experience about a leader you've worked with. Your response will tell the interviewer what you deem as successful leadership and give them an idea of the leadership traits you will bring to the organization.

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  • Leadership

    21. Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.

      How to Answer

      Leadership means being able to influence people and outcomes in any situation. Describe a time when you used your leadership skills to positively impact the outcome of a project. Share what the project entailed and what you did to help advance the project. Keep in mind that your example can be about a time you were officially in a leadership role or a time when you stepped up and assumed a leadership role in a group. Either example should demonstrate the leadership abilities the organization is seeking in a board chairperson.

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  • Performance Based

    22. Describe what you have done to achieve a personal goal.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can set a goal and achieve it! As a board chairman, this is the essence of what you will do for the organization. Tell the interviewer about a significant goal you set and what you did to achieve it. This can be career-related or personal but make sure your example highlights your hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, and dedication!


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  • Performance Based

    23. How do you evaluate the performance of others?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know the methods or thought processes you use to evaluate the performance of others. In your response, share how you factor in performance-based
      expectations to determine how well an employee or board member performs. In addition to their specific job duties, some areas to mention can include:

      -Reliability
      -Teamwork
      -Knowledge
      -Problem-solving skills
      -Compliance
      -Customer service
      -Representing the organization


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  • Performance Based

    24. Describe your time management skills.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about your ability to manage your time and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about how you manage your projects and daily tasks and how those will help you succeed in your role as a board chairman.

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  • Problem Solving

    25. How do you handle conflict with other employees or board members?

      How to Answer

      In any work environment, there are times when conflict may arise. The interviewer wants to know how well you handle conflict and your ability to respond professionally in these instances. Provide an example of a conflict you were involved in and share details such as the nature of the problem, how you handled it, and the outcome. If you don't have an example, describe how you would respond in this type of situation.

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  • Problem Solving

    26. How quickly do you make decisions? Give me an example.

      How to Answer

      Making the right decision can be time-consuming as you gather details and weigh your options. However, sometimes you don't have the time to ponder! The interviewer wants to know how long you take to make sound decisions. If you are someone who takes a little longer, share why it takes you some time to make decisions. Perhaps you want to gather as much information as possible. Or you want to allow time to consider the consequences of your decisions.

      If you are someone who can make decisions quickly, share your decision-making method and how you've been successful at doing so.

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  • Scenario Based

    27. Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?

      How to Answer

      As a board chairman, there will be times where you are responsible for handling difficult projects. The interviewer wants to know how well you handle these situations. Describe a difficult project that you overcame. If you have an example related to the duties outlined in the job description, it is good to use that one. In your response, provide details of the project, the challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and the outcome. Be sure to share how your efforts resulted in a positive impact.

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  • Stress

    28. How do you manage stressful situations?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if you are someone who can handle stress on the job. Explain how you manage stressful times and your ability to control pressure in the workplace.

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  • Teamwork

    29. How do you build effective relationships?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how well you value and build relationships. Share how you play an active role in nurturing your current relationships. Also, talk to the interviewer about your strategy for building strong and valuable relationships.

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  • Teamwork

    30. What are your expectations of other board members?

      How to Answer

      Every board member brings their own unique set of skills and experience to a board with the overall goal to fulfill the organization's mission. Share with the interviewer what you will expect from the other board members.

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