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Top 25 Study Abroad Advisor Interview Questions

Question 1 of 26
Describe your communication style.
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Question 2 of 26
What major challenges did you face at your last position?
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Describe your experience honestly without presenting yourself in a negative light. Discuss how you overcame a professional or interpersonal obstacle with finesse.

"My supervisor was tough in my last job. She was really demanding and gave me lot of cases to work on in a very short period of time, so time management was essential. Fortunately, another colleague agreed to cover some of my cases and we worked together to complete the applications before the deadline.
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Question 3 of 26
How do you prioritize your work when you have multiple deadlines requiring your attention?
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The interviewer wants to know that you are organized and can meet deadlines.

"I have a to-do list app which lists my students' applications by order of due date. I usually organize my day by type of task to accomplish, for instance: applications, essays, meetings, presentations. I try to get through all of them each day and rearrange the order as needed."
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"I have a to-do list app which lists my students' applications by order of due date. I usually organize my day by type of task to accomplish, for instance: applications, essays, meetings, presentations. I try to get through all of them each day and rearrange the order as needed."
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Question 4 of 26
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
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The interviewer wants to know that you are both cooperative and assertive. Ideally, describe an experienced that required team work.

"I usually try to find the best of both worlds, or combine everyone's ideas so no one feels left out. Once, my colleague and I cohosted a forum promoting overseas learning. She wanted to adopt a more formal panel Q&A approach and I wanted to incorporate more informal discussion, games, and scenarios to get the students more engaged. We ended up making a two-part event that had both formal and entertainment aspects and it was well-received."
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"I usually try to find the best of both worlds, or combine everyone's ideas so no one feels left out. Once, my colleague and I cohosted a forum promoting overseas learning. She wanted to adopt a more formal panel Q&A approach and I wanted to incorporate more informal discussion, games, and scenarios to get the students more engaged. We ended up making a two-part event that had both formal and entertainment aspects and it was well-received."
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Question 5 of 26
Why do you want a career as a study abroad advisor?
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Tell the interviewer about a personal experience or schooling that inspired you to become a study abroad advisor. A good answer would be your own study abroad experience.

"I did a semester abroad in Hong Kong during my study in university. I enjoyed learning with students from different cultures and parts of the world and was able to travel across Asia during that semester and grew personally and interpersonally. I want to help others be able to achieve that dream."
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"I did a semester abroad in Hong Kong during my study in university. I enjoyed learning with students from different cultures and parts of the world and was able to travel across Asia during that semester and grew personally and interpersonally. I want to help others be able to achieve that dream."
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Question 6 of 26
Study abroad advisors work in universities and private agencies. Which would you prefer, and why?
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Question 7 of 26
Are you a strong writer and presenter?
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Question 8 of 26
Would you consider yourself someone to look up to? Have you ever been a mentor?
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Question 9 of 26
Do you have a full understanding of how credit transfers work?
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Question 10 of 26
As a study abroad advisor you will need to communicate between countries quite often. Do you speak other languages?
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Question 11 of 26
Are you experienced in advising students in the area of travel necessities such as insurance and visas?
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Question 12 of 26
Have you ever provided student training on cultural adjustment?
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Question 13 of 26
Name 3 top places you would recommend all students travel to.
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Question 14 of 26
Have you travelled a lot in your life?
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Question 15 of 26
Are you interested in furthering your education?
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Question 16 of 26
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course? Which was your most challenging?
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Question 17 of 26
What has been your greatest accomplishment as a study abroad advisor?
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Question 18 of 26
Do you consider yourself a natural leader? Tell me about a time that you took on a leadership role without being asked.
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Question 19 of 26
Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
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Question 20 of 26
What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
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Question 21 of 26
As a study abroad advisor, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 22 of 26
Have you ever been on a study abroad trip?
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Question 23 of 26
What type of work environment do you thrive in?
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Question 24 of 26
Of all the study advisor candidates, why are you the best one for us?
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Question 25 of 26
What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
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Question 26 of 26
What do you think the most important thing is for a student to know before they participate in a study abroad program?
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About Study Abroad Advisor

June 13th, 2018

School counselors help students develop social skills and succeed in school. Career counselors assist people with the process of making career decisions by helping them choose a career or educational program.

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