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Forwarding Interview Questions

 

Secretaries & Treasurers

•           What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

•           What previous experience qualifies you for this position?

•           How do you intend to use your position to make your organization more efficient?

•           Can you fully commit to the demands of this position?

•           (for treasurer) Are you familiar with the A&S fee funding process?

•           (for treasurer) Do you know what the budget for you organization in the next fiscal year will be?

 

Justices

•           How familiar are you with the Student Body Statutes and Constitution?

•           If approved for this position would you have any potential conflicts of interest?

•           What past experiences qualify you for this position?

•           Can you fully commit the time necessary for this position?

•           What is your approach to statute interpretation?

 

General Counsel

•           How would you carry out your duty to represent students before the Supreme Court?

•           What experiences qualify you for this position?

•           How would you share responsibility with the other General Counsel?

 

Senators

•           What is a problem that you have seen on campus that you want to fix?

•           What are the 5 standing committees of Senate, and what are their functions?

•           What led you to becoming interested in becoming a student senator?

•           Will you be able to commit fully to your position?

•           What is the purpose of the SGA senate?

•           What are some ideas you have to facilitate better communications with your constituents?

•           How will you improve the FSU experience for your constituents?

•           Will you be a senator who works behind the scenes or a senator who actively legislates?

•           As an appointed senator who has not been elected, how will you convince your constituents that you are as much a legitimate leader as their previously elected senator?

 

RTAC & PAC

•           What does RTAC or PAC stand for?

•           What is the budget of your board for the next fiscal year?

•           How familiar are you with the finance code?

•           What qualifies you for this position?

 

Secretary of Academic Affairs

•           What is the current state of academic affairs at FSU? How can SGA improve things in this area?

•           What are some specific ideas you have for projects to build partnerships with colleges/ departments, and create research opportunities for students?

•           What are some specific academically driven goals that you would like the administration to implement?

•           Why are research opportunities important for undergraduate students?

•           Will you fill the role of a visionary, or will you be more of an advocate for students in the realm of academics?

•           What are your ideas for improving the college leadership councils?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Secretary of the Arts

•           Why is it important for the FSU campus to have a rich artistic heritage?

•           Why are you the best advocate for the College of Music; College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance; and the College of Motion Picture Arts?

•           How do you plan to bring these colleges closer to the SGA and the student body?

•           What are some specific ideas for programming that you would like to implement?

•           How might these programs benefit the student body?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Secretary of Administrative Affairs

•           How would you define the collective voice of the SGA?

•           What are some specific organizations and/or individuals within the community that you would partner with to help advance FSU?

•           What are some ideas you have for improving communication between SGA entities?

•           With six agencies and seven bureaus, plus many other projects and initiatives to keep track of, how will you manage to keep everything running smoothly?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Secretary of Campus Affairs

•           What are the benefits of connecting our students to the numerous leadership and professional development opportunities that SGA has to offer?

•           Why is having access to multicultural experiences important to the student body?

•           How would you rate the current level of programs, which promote leadership, professional development, and multicultural experiences?

•           What are some specific ideas you have to promote involvement among the student body?

•           How do plan to utilize various campus offices, such as the Center for Leadership and Social Change, to achieve these goals?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Secretary of Safety and Health

•           Why is a healthy student body critical to maintaining the quality of the FSU campus?

•           Why is it important for FSU to offer a comprehensive health insurance plan for its students?

•           How will you foster relations with the Student Health Services, Campus Police, Campus Recreation, and Seminole Dining to promote health and wellness on campus?

•           How will you use this office to improve health and safety on campus?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Secretary of Departmental Affairs

•           Why is it important to have consistent communication between all entities of SGA?

•           With so many departments to keep track of, how will you manage to keep everything running smoothly?

•           What are some ideas you have for new structures and initiatives to help SGA support the efforts of different campus departments?

•           Would you say that stronger unity between departments is in the interest of the student body? If so, how will you use this position to strengthen these bonds?

•           Who are some specific individuals in SGA you plan to work with to improve communication among the departments?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Secretary of Communication

•           What connections do you have with the various media outlets?

•           How can SGA improve relations with FSView?

•           What are some policies and stances of the administration in which you have been nominated to serve?

•           Why is it important for the administration to communicate these policies and stances?

•           How do you plan to use social media to further goals of the administration?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Student Body Chief of Staff

•           Why is the Chief of Staff such an important position in SGA? Why should the students trust you to get the job done?

•           How you will you effectively execute programs and/or projects for the executive branch.

•           How will you organize the Executive Office of the President to best serve the student body?

•           What will you look for in applicants for positions within agencies, bureaus, and affiliated projects of the SGA?

•           What are the roles of the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch as they pertain to appointments in the cabinet, agencies, and bureaus?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Student Body Deputy Chief of Staff

•           How will your leadership style affect how you organize the cabinet to achieve platform goals?

•           How will you act as a liaison between the Executive and Legislative branches?

•           How will your leadership style help organize the cabinet to further their goals?

•           What problems can you foresee in the coming year that you wish to overcome?

•           How will you use this experience to grow as an individual?

 

Elections Officers

•           Who makes up the electorate?

•           Why are contested elections important for the democratic process?

•           What will you do to ensure that participation in elections and voter turnout are high?

•           What are some ideas you have for improving the elections code?

•           What is your leadership style?

 

Agency Directors

•           What are the duties and responsibilities of the position that you are applying for?

•           During your term of office what is your organization’s operational budget?

•           How will the difference in funding allocated in the previous year from funding received   for this year impact your programing ideas?

•           Describe your experience working with this organization in the past or working on a project that is related to the mission statement of the organization.

•           Give an example of a project that you have taken the lead on. What was the outcome and what did you learn from the experience?

•           What are the prevalent issues of those who identify with the identity group that the organization represents face at Florida State University?

•           What plan of action or programing will you implement to address those issues?

•           How will you work with the affiliated organizations of the agency?

•           Describe your approach to leadership.

•           Give a specific example of a difficulty that you have experienced when working with this agency and how did you handle it?

 

Agency Assistant Director

•           What are the duties and responsibilities of the position that you are applying for?

•           Describe your experience working with this organization in the past or working on a project that is related to the mission statement of the organization.

•           Give an example of a project that you have taken the lead on. What was the outcome and what did you learn from the experience?

•           What are the prevalent issues that your constituency face at Florida State University?

•           What plan of action or programing will you implement to address those issues?

•           Describe your approach to leadership.

•           Give a specific example of a difficulty that you have experienced when working with this agency and how did you handle it?

 

 

Behavioral Questions

 

  • How was your transition from high school to university? Did you face any particular problems? How did you handle them?
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  • Describe the project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical abilities. What was your role?
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  • Give me an example of a time when you were able to successfully communicate with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you (or vice versa).
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  • Tell me about a problem that you’ve solved in a unique or unusual way. What was the outcome? Were you happy or satisfied with it?
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  • What is the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make during your last leadership position? How did you arrive at your decision? What was the result?
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  • How have you gone about setting short-term goals and long-term goals for yourself or your organization? What steps did you take along the way to keep yourself accountable?
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  • Describe a project or idea (not necessarily your own) that was implemented primarily because of your efforts. What was your role? What was the outcome?
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  • Tell me about a time when you experienced a loss for doing what is right. How did you react?
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  • Give a specific example of a policy you conformed to with which you did not agree. Why?
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  • Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How/why was this person difficult? How did you handle it? How did the relationship progress?
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  • What is the toughest group that you have ever had to lead? What were the obstacles? How did you handle the situation?
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  • Describe a leadership role of yours outside of campus. Why did you commit your time to it? How did you feel about it?
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  • How do you prioritize projects and tasks when scheduling your time? Give me some examples.
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  • What was the biggest mistake you have made when delegating work to members of your organization?
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  • What have you found to be the difficult part of being a member, not leader, of a team? How did you handle this?
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  • When have you seen your tenacity or resilience really pay off in your organization? What was the outcome?
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  • Describe a situation that required you to do a number of things at the same time. How did you handle it? What was the result?
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  • What has been your greatest leadership achievement to-date? Talk through the steps you took to reach it.
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  • Give me an example of a time when you had to be quick in coming to a decision. What obstacles did you face?
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  • When was the last time you thought “outside the box” and how did you do it? Why?
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  • When have you had to present to a group of people with little or no preparation? What obstacles did you face? How did you handle them?
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  • Give me an example of when someone brought you a new idea that was odd or unusual. What did you do?
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  • What have you done in the past to prevent a situation from becoming too stressful for you or members of your organization to handle?
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  • Tell me about a recent successful experience in making a speech or presentation?