Executive Questions

Executive Questions for Search Committees

Example Questions

  • What did you do for a former organization that made a difference and for which you believe you’ll be remembered?
  • Describe your experience in leading and managing an organization similar to ours.
  • Describe your fiscal management experience: budgeting, reporting, cutting costs, building and maintaining reserves.
  • Have you ever had to champion an unpopular change? How did you handle it?
  • Have you ever faced a significant ethical problem at work? How did you handle it?
  • What do you think the role of (title of position) is in strategic planning for the college?
  • Describe your experience with staff development. How do you think your current or most recent staff would describe you?
  • How do you stay informed on current ideas in management and higher education?
  • Based upon what you have read and heard, what ideas do you have about continuing and increasing the success of this college?
  • Are there any programs, policies or actions of the college that you’ve heard of with which you have concerns or differences?
  • What are some important trends in higher education and how do they affect us?
  • What challenges are you looking for in this position?
  • Describe a situation where you were tasked with doing something you were not trained for and in what way you approached it.
  • Tell me about a time when you’ve had to develop leaders under you.
  • Talk about a time when you influenced others to accept your ideas.
  • Tell me about a time when you were able to motivate others to get the desired results.
  • Tell me about a time when you were forced to make an unpopular decision.
  • If you are hired for this position and are still with SUNY Delhi five years from now, how do you think the college will be different?