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Superintendent

40 Interview Questions & Answers

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What is the primary difference, in your opinion, between school board goals and school district goals?
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On an especially tough day, what motivates you to succeed as a superintendent?
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What are your career goals as a school superintendent, and how will this role help you to achieve those goals?
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What are the standards you use for judging whether or not your board of education is doing its job?
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Do you have a valid certification to be a superintendent in our State?
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What was your favorite post-secondary course, and why?
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When did you complete your Masters' degree? What was the focus?
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Do you have experience wit hiring senior staff members?
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Do you have experience with professionally developing senior staff members?
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In your opinion, how important is careful budget planning and resource allocation in the school system?
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As the school superintendent you are the point of contact for all government related interactions. Are you confident in your ability to professionally communicate with government agencies?
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Many superintendents have their Doctorate in Education. Are you planning to obtain this designation?
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Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Setting educational standards is incredibly important. How do you ensure that your standards are set, clearly communicated, and met?
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What are your salary expectations?
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Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
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Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
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How would you describe your personality?
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Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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How do you like to encourage ideas in your students?
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How do you respond to feedback?
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What major challenges and problems did you face in your last position?
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To be a successful superintendent, you will have to deal with a wide range of personalities. Can you handle this?
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Talk to me about the various ways that you evaluate student success and achievement.
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What has been your biggest career related achievement to date?
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How do you go above and beyond your general requirements as a school superintendent.
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Tell me about the last book you've read for professional development purposes. What did you learn?
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Are there any work related situations or tasks that make you uncomfortable?
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Tell me what led you to choose a career as a superintendent.
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How important is it for the superintendent to have a strong relationship with the school board's leadership team?
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What is your personal secret to a successful career as a superintendent?
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What course was the most challenging for you during your post secondary studies, and why?
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If you were the successful candidate, tell me the first thing you would do to make an impact on our school board.
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Tell me about a professional goal you have set and achieved. What personal qualities and characteristics helped you achieve that goal?
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In what area do you feel you need the most professional development? What are you willing to do to strengthen yourself in that area?
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Community involvement is important to us. What do you know about our community and school district?
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What makes you the best superintendent for us?
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In your opinion, what should a school board member do when contacted by a parent with a school-related problem?
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Have you ever worked with a school board on setting school district goals?
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As a Superintendent, you will be under a fair amount of stress. How do you successfully handle stress?
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