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Top 25 Study Abroad Advisor Interview Questions
Question 1 of 26
Describe your communication style.
"I prefer to communicate as directly a possible but also empathetically. I think it's important to be straightforward to avoid misunderstandings, but at the same time being too direct can hurt people, so over the years I've learned to listen thoroughly first and speak directly to my supervisor's, colleagues', or students' needs."
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List of Study Abroad Advisor Interview Questions
  1. Describe your communication style.
  2. What major challenges did you face at your last position?
  3. How do you prioritize your work when you have multiple deadlines requiring your attention?
  4. How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
  5. Why do you want a career as a study abroad advisor?
  6. Study abroad advisors work in universities and private agencies. Which would you prefer, and why?
  7. Are you a strong writer and presenter?
  8. Would you consider yourself someone to look up to? Have you ever been a mentor?
  9. Do you have a full understanding of how credit transfers work?
  10. As a study abroad advisor you will need to communicate between countries quite often. Do you speak other languages?
  11. Are you experienced in advising students in the area of travel necessities such as insurance and visas?
  12. Have you ever provided student training on cultural adjustment?
  13. Name 3 top places you would recommend all students travel to.
  14. Have you travelled a lot in your life?
  15. Are you interested in furthering your education?
  16. Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course? Which was your most challenging?
  17. What has been your greatest accomplishment as a study abroad advisor?
  18. Do you consider yourself a natural leader? Tell me about a time that you took on a leadership role without being asked.
  19. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
  20. What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
  21. As a study abroad advisor, what do you believe is your best asset?
  22. Have you ever been on a study abroad trip?
  23. What type of work environment do you thrive in?
  24. Of all the study advisor candidates, why are you the best one for us?
  25. What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
  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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August 18th, 2017

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Study Abroad Advisor User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 26
Describe your communication style.
"I prefer to communicate as directly a possible but also empathetically. I think it's important to be straightforward to avoid misunderstandings, but at the same time being too direct can hurt people, so over the years I've learned to listen thoroughly first and speak directly to my supervisor's, colleagues', or students' needs."
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Question 2 of 26
What major challenges did you face at your last position?
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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
At my last position one of the challenges I ran into was not being able to perform my job responsibilities to the fullest due to state driving requirements. Not being able to drive a state vehicle meant that 50% of my job was restricted. I left me feeling isolated and unproductive. However, rather than fall into defeat I chose to address the issue with my superiors and see if I could get around this or find other tasks to do. After an hour long meeting we had come to the consensus that I would not be able to drive but my skills could be used elsewhere. From that point I became a lead on multiple projects and shadowed the director of my department to improve my leadership skills and hone in on my MBA skills. I also became an assistant in training new employees.
2.
It was a challenge to manage a multi-generational group of staff, student assistants and interns during times of financial constraint because it meant that we had to quickly initiate many changes, often using technology, and the employees all had varying degrees of comfort with technology.
3.
The institution went under a consolidation with a smaller university. Developing a cohesive office image and policies have been difficult.
4.
Well my last job was in sales (e-marketing). So I would have to say that I faced many challenges and problems. But if I were to choose one, it would be when a client does not agree to pay you for reason x or z and you have to go through this long process in order to convince them to pay.
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I believe some of the challenges were having a unique working situation and different types of communication levels within the organization. For example we worked remotely which is a unique environment for me and communication would at times become challenging with the different time zones and not getting a response in a timely manner.
Question 3 of 26
How do you prioritize your work when you have multiple deadlines requiring your attention?
"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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User Submitted Interview Answers
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I make a list. Then I will start on urgently basis.
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I prioritize by making lists and identifying what is urgent and important. I then take on lengthier tasks first and quick tasks in between.
3.
Lists, Lists and more lists! During AmeriCorps, our member coordinator was always sending us tips and tricks for prioritization, and I would actually find myself using them. I came from college, where I was barely grasping at time management, to desperately needing to figure out prioritization QUICKLY, especially with 1000000 things always happening in the Youth Services Center at Tates Creek Middle School. Also, I always double check with my supervisor at least once, and ask if I have any doubts. That way, expectations are kept in check.
4.
I review my daily task list and ongoing projects and prioritize based on level of urgency.
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By most important to least.
Question 4 of 26
How do you get a peer or colleague to accept one of your ideas?
"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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User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Getting ideas from the rest of the team / explaining why.
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I have to listen first and then I will share my opinion.
3.
I gradually educate them on the idea and allow them to be a part of the solution.
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I think transparency in communication is key and it is always important to speaking openly and honestly as well as receive feedback in the same manner. I think in when suggestion a new idea it is important to prepare yourself it may not be accepted but to suggest that we can to a trial period and see how it works and if it is successful before making a final decision.
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I listen to the ideas of my peers first and consider their objectives when presenting my ideas.
Question 5 of 26
Why do you want a career as a study abroad advisor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Initially I wanted to share my abroad experiences with others, "keep the experience alive". After being involved in SA it is so much more satisfying then just sharing the experience. It is implementing the experience for others and changing their lives. ANd in turn changing mine.
2.
I want to be a study abroad advisor because studying abroad had a profound impact on my life and world view and I want to be able to help open doors for others so they can have their own life changing adventures. I have the logistical and practical project coordinator skills necessary to assist with running the office and coordinating multiple international trips. In addition I have the energy and passion necessary to make the experience fun.
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I am passionate about the field of international education and know the benefits of studying/living abroad first hand and I believe it is truly an opportunity every student should experience. I am dedicated to advising, promoting and guiding students to partake in this journey and I believe from the various professional experiences I have had within the field and with working with students, I am a excellent candidate for the position.
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I want a career as a study abroad advisor because I would like to make a difference to students. Studying abroad was the most valuable aspect to my university career, and I believe that Texas Tech has the potential to make studying abroad available and easy for every student. It is important to me that all students take the opportunity to do so, without fear of the cost.
Question 6 of 26
Study abroad advisors work in universities and private agencies. Which would you prefer, and why?
Question 7 of 26
Are you a strong writer and presenter?
Question 8 of 26
Would you consider yourself someone to look up to? Have you ever been a mentor?
Question 9 of 26
Do you have a full understanding of how credit transfers work?
Question 10 of 26
As a study abroad advisor you will need to communicate between countries quite often. Do you speak other languages?
Question 11 of 26
Are you experienced in advising students in the area of travel necessities such as insurance and visas?
Question 12 of 26
Have you ever provided student training on cultural adjustment?
Question 13 of 26
Name 3 top places you would recommend all students travel to.
Question 14 of 26
Have you travelled a lot in your life?
Question 15 of 26
Are you interested in furthering your education?
Question 16 of 26
Tell me about your post-secondary education. What was your favorite course? Which was your most challenging?
Question 17 of 26
What has been your greatest accomplishment as a study abroad advisor?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Since, I have not had the exact title of study abroad advisor, I cannot say I can speak to my greatest accomplishment within that specific position; however having experience as being an advisor in various ways, I think the most rewarding and greatest accomplishment is convincing a student who is hesitant in participating in a program to go because I know that I have helped convince that student of making a life changing decision that will stay with them and benefit them for the rest of their lives, and may very well change the path of their future.
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I have not been one yet, but I believe my ability to diplomatically communicate will bring about a more open and connected office/student relationship.
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My greatest accomplishment would be to have a record number of students successfully complete a study abroad program, including students from lower SES that may believe they were not before able to do so.
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.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I believe I have leadership skills and supervised staff in a variety of ways. I believe a leader needs to come to the table with , passion, enthusiasm and knowledge but also the ability to listen to their peers and be open to suggestions while creating a respectful and safe environment where everyone feels comfortable. With this definition I do believe I have the skills to be a leader.
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I've always been told I was leader throughout my childhood and adolesence, I was always going to leadership conferences and being my group leader, and coordinators and presidents for things, and as I get older, I worried that I was becoming more introverted and not the leader I used to be known to be. However, when I think about it recently, I really just think I'm learning more about humans and really when to step back and notice communication patterns, instead of blindly taking the lead myself because I'm confident around others.
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I do in areas where I feel confident, I am usually up for leading. I do not consider myself a leader in general, I will not take charge of a situation unless I am confident the information I have is correct and will lead people wisely.
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I am a leader, when the occasion calls for it. In group work projects, I have the ability to take whatever role the situation calls for. I am comfortable leading a group or team in a project and delegating roles, I am equally comfortable working in a partnership as a lead role, or allowing a more competent leader to take over a project.
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Yes, I am able to both influence and negotiate. My degree in politics and my time working in projects where I often needed to engage key stakeholders has helped with this.
Question 19 of 26
Explain how you would be an asset to this organization.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Not only am I genuinely passionate about advising others, I am also just always part of the team. I deeply enjoy humans and the reciprocity found in interactions daily. I know how to function with humans, and especially because I agree with the principles of Institute for Study Abroad at Butler, I feel I can advise with vigor.
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I grew up in this community and have a lot of experience of involvement with the community and college. I would be a great asset to the international students as well as the study abroad students as an ambassador to the town and county as a whole. I think there are opportunities for more community involvement even at the elementary/middle/high school level and I'd love to help with that. In addition, I have a great knowledge base, both experiential and theoretical that will help to teach the students participating about study abroad beyond the fun of the trip itself.
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I am an asset because we know each other well and we will get along well together. In addition, I am willing to go above and beyond to help students go study abroad in any country they dream of going. I would like to be able to help the ICC to increase the amount of study abroad opportunities available to students, and increase the amount of affiliated programs. In addition there is no country that I am unwilling to travel to, to help recruit students from foreign countries, or to help increase our sister universities.
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I would provide a positive energy to the work environment while keeping my work organized.
Question 20 of 26
What decisions are easiest for you to make? What are the most difficult?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I think decisions that are easiest for me to make are ones in where I feel confident in my work and stand by what I have produced and the decisions are mine single hand-idly to make and do not involve or affect any outside parties. With that being said I think the ones that are most difficult are those involving other parties, such as students, colleagues, and others.I would have to take more consideration into decisions that involve or affect other individuals.
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The most difficult decisions are the ones that are both right but have different outcomes in the short and long-term. The easiest are the ones that affect me directly.
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Easy decisions for me to take are those where I am standing with others, especially in terms of social justice and human rights. It is very easy for me to stand with people who are disadvantaged. The most difficult decision for me to make are creative decisions. For some reason, with design or art projects, I worry about decorum and get lost in cultural competency before I can make a quick decision. I really don't want to offend those who deserve respect.
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It is most easy for me to make decisions that directly impact only myself, or ones that are connected to quantitative data. I sometimes struggle with making a decision that will impact others because I worry about their desires, I don't want to overstep.
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The easiest decisions are ones such as, which tasks to prioritize, and what I would like to do next. I have an oddly difficult time deciding what and when to eat.
Question 21 of 26
As a study abroad advisor, what do you believe is your best asset?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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My drive to instill confidence in parents, students and colleagues about the wonderful study abroad programs out there.
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Genuinely, my ability to connect with everyone. Since high school, I've always floated along crowds. People want to study abroad for various different reasons, and not every person who wants to study abroad in India is like me. It could be a 20 year old wealthy white boy who's interested in the booming business models that India is creating, or an Indian American not interested in the humanities AT ALL. Either way, I know I can connect with this person over the excitement of Study Abroad, some good ol' fashioned humour, and recognize our differences all the while.
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I think I have great interpersonal skills and can create great rapport with students while providing a safe and welcoming environment to advise them in. I also believe that I am knowledgeable about the field and studying broad and can advise students adequately to make sure they are prepared to participate in such a program as well as providing them support during and after the program.
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Due to the high staff turn-over in the office I remained adaptable, and organized which has severed me well in taking on new tasks and training other staff in my old tasks when necessary.
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I believe my best asset is my ability to find the best fit program for an individual by listening to their needs, not just their wants.
Question 22 of 26
Have you ever been on a study abroad trip?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes! I have been to 2 different and great trips. One in Europe for a term and one eco tour in Belize for a week. Both were life changing experiences.
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Yes. I spent six months studying in Barcelona during my last semester in college. It was a wonderful, yet, surprisingly challenging experience.
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Yes! I studied abroad in Pune, India for 4 months in 2012 and it just blew me out of the water. Every notion I had of India beforehand was completely recreated.
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Yes, I have studied for a semester in Florence Italy through my junior college, as well as taught English in Buenos Aries for a year. Both experience increased my desire to pursue a profession in this field.
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Yes. I studied abroad while I was in school, and I have also served as a supervisor for a group of students who traveled to Costa Rica.
Question 23 of 26
What type of work environment do you thrive in?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I enjoy a smaller office in an immediate sense but an ability to interact with multiple people when necessary. I do better with macro management but an open door policy.
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I thrive in a multitude of work environments, as I am very flexible. I can do very well in a high pressure situation, and still reach every deadline. In addition, in a low pressure situation, I can take the opportunity to find additional tasks to increase the ability of Texas Tech to provide more opportunities to students. I am equally contented in highly supervised situations, and independent ones, although I most happy if I am aware of what tasks I am expected to complete.
Question 24 of 26
Of all the study advisor candidates, why are you the best one for us?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am the best candidate for you because I combine the best of both worlds for this university, I grew up in this town and with this college but I have an international perspective and the travel experience to go with it.
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I am the best candidate because I am driven for the passion for this position. I am eager to begin and help students take every possible opportunity to study in foreign countries, from languages to engineering. I am enthusiastic about this idea, and I am unbelievably excited to begin in this area.
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I have been there, done it and now ready to work with others to allow them to do the same. I understand the university, I share the vision and I am passionate and prepared.
Question 25 of 26
What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I am big on lists, I like to organize and check things off as I go.
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I like to color-code things. Various binders, or folders for situations. In my computer, I color code files and calendars to be aware of where things are when they are needed.
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?