To ensure the selection of the most qualified administrator candidate, HR should provide for an effective interview process.
Preparing for an effective interview process includes identifying the interview method, designing useful questions, and knowing what information is being sought.
The interview process affords the opportunity for an organization to determine an applicant’s skills, relevant experience, and characteristics. These factors will reveal whether the applicant fits the organizational culture or not. Using a variety of questions that are behavioral, competency-based, and situational in nature will furnish needed information to determine the applicant’s ability to be successful in the job.
Sample Administrator Interview Questions are available in the HR Library. The questions are divided into seven categories including:
- Opening questions
- District leadership
- Human capital management
- Personal leadership
- District culture
- Strategic operations
- Diversity and inclusion
Attributes and answers to “listen for” are included to help rate the quality of the responses and can be tailored to the organization’s needs.
It’s also important to include questions based on the position’s specific responsibilities and skills. The current job description or sample specialized responsibilities and skills for executive and director/coordinator positions, found in the Employee Performance section of the HR Library, can be used by HR and the hiring committee to develop these additional questions and desired responses.
Selecting the applicant who’ll do the best job may seem difficult but using these sample questions and resources can help simplify the process. Investing the time up front will pay off in the long run and help with the selection of the most qualified candidate.
Karen Dooley joined HR Services in 2016. She provides oversight to a team of consultants providing staffing services, HR reviews, and other projects. She provides training and assists school districts with their HR-related needs. Dooley is a seasoned administrator with more than 17 years of HR experience in Central Texas districts as a coordinator, director, and assistant superintendent. She also worked as an assistant principal, counselor, and teacher, and holds a superintendent certificate.
Dooley received her master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University and her bachelor’s degree from Texas State University.
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