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Top 25 Urban and Regional Planners Interview Questions

Question 1 of 29
When have you provided an excellent presentation? Describe it to me, and why it was successful.
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Question 2 of 29
When have you had to explain a process or idea, to someone who was either stubborn to the idea, or just did not understand the idea or process?
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Being able to teach is a really important skill, especially if you would like to become a manager or lead a team one day. Be sure to talk about a time where you were in this scenario and discuss the outcome.

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"In my previous role I was tasked with the training of a new, junior planner. We were learning some of the basic steps on a project and he could not seem to understand 'why' we were doing things that way. I was able to break down the reason for his inability to learn and it was simply because he didn't understand the larger picture; or, end goal. We were able to move past that and now I am aware of the best way to communication with him."
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Question 3 of 29
When have you worked with difficult individuals? For example, people that may have very poor communication skills. How do you handle these situations?
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There are difficult personalities in every industry and it's always best to talk about those situations in as positive of a light as possible. Be careful not to bash other people in the industry either.

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"Working with difficult personalities is something that comes along with the job, from time-to-time. Being an urban planner, I find that the more difficult situations to navigate come when we need a work-around with a city design. The government is not the easiest to navigate and the employees are not always given the ability to decision make. If I do not get the answer or response that I am looking for, I will call another time, until I reach someone that I can work nicely with."
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Question 4 of 29
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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This answer should be focused on a work-related weakness but be careful not to say something you will regret later. Focus more on the positive. What you are doing to improve?

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"In my last performance review my manager asked me to improve my working knowledge of GIS. I have since signed up for a course which will be complete in December."
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Question 5 of 29
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a Urban and Regional Planner?
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The answer that you give will help the hiring manager to determine if your greatest asset is something that they could use on their team. Be sure to follow your answer up with some type of confirmation of it's truth.

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"My greatest strength is my ability to see the project in a large, full picture, before beginning any solid plans. My ability to view all facets of a plan has been incredibly helpful in my career as it prevents me from making some unnecessary errors and oversights. My current manager has made this comment to me multiple times in my past performance reviews."
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Question 6 of 29
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Question 7 of 29
What area in this city do you believe has the most potential?
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Question 8 of 29
Why should we hire you?
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Question 9 of 29
Why is urban planning important to you?
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Question 10 of 29
Tell me about your education. How has it prepared you for a career as a Urban and Regional Planner?
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Question 11 of 29
Tell me about a project you studied in college that impressed you the most.
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Question 12 of 29
How have you incorporated public transportation into your past designs?
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Question 13 of 29
What is most important to you, something quick and flashy, or something that is timeless?
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Question 14 of 29
Where do you get your inspiration from?
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Question 15 of 29
What projects have you worked on in the past?
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Question 16 of 29
What would you begin to change about our community if you were given full access for planning today.
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Question 17 of 29
Tell me about your portfolio. What do you like about it? What would you change?
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Question 18 of 29
What do you believe makes a happy community?
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Question 19 of 29
What cities have you studied that impressed you the most?
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Question 20 of 29
Have you studied a poorly planned city project? Tell me about it and what went wrong.
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Question 21 of 29
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 22 of 29
The planning process involves input from numerous groups, which requires great communication skills. When have you exemplified such skills in past work?
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Question 23 of 29
How would your former employer describe you?
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Question 24 of 29
How are your communication skills?
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Question 25 of 29
Describe a time where you worked well under pressure.
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Question 26 of 29
How well do you know this market?
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Question 27 of 29
Are you a detail oriented person?
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Question 28 of 29
What civic organizations do you belong to?
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Question 29 of 29
What do you know about our company?
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About Urban and Regional Planners

August 18th, 2017

Urban and regional planners develop long- and short-term plans for the use of land and the growth and revitalization of urban, suburban, and rural communities and the region in which they are located. They help local officials alleviate social, economic, and environmental problems by recommending locations for roads, schools, and other infrastructure and suggesting zoning regulations for private property?work that requires forecasting the future needs of the population. Because local governments employ the majority of urban and regional planners, they often are referred to as community or city planners.

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