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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 your 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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
  • If approved for this position would you have any potential conflicts of interest?
  • Can you fully commit the time necessary for this position?

 

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, how will you represent your constituents as if you were elected?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
  • Are you financially certified?
  • What is the maximum amount that PAC can fund per unit for t-shirts?
  • What is the maximum amount of times you can request from RTAC in the year?

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?
  • What are your ideas for improving the college leadership councils?
  • What is your leadership style?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
  • How will you contribute to helping FSU attain a Top 25 Ranking?
  • In our pursuit to attain a Top 25 ranking, would you depend more heavily on   academic efforts or innovative thinking?

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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

Secretary of Community 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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?  
  • How would you bridge partnerships between the community and FSU organizations?

Secretary of Diversity and Inclusion

  • 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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
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  • How will you work to make SGA and campus more inclusive?

Secretary of Internal 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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

Press Secretary

  • 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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

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 SGA?
  • What is your leadership style?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

Supervisor of Elections/ Deputy Supervisor of Elections

  • 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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

Agency Directors/ Agency Assistant Director

  • 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 that your community faces and what will you do as Agency Director/Agency Assistant Director to address them?
  • 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?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?

 

Character Questions

  • Describe the project or situation that best demonstrates your analytical abilities. What was your role?
  • 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).
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Give a specific example of a policy you conformed to with which you did not agree. Why?
  • Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with.
  • What is the toughest group that you have ever had to lead? What were the obstacles? How did you handle the situation?
  • Describe a leadership role of yours outside of campus. Why did you commit your time to it?
  • How do you prioritize projects and tasks when scheduling your time? Provide examples.
  • What was the biggest mistake you have made when delegating work to members of your organization? What did you learn from this?
  • What have you found to be the difficult part of being a member, not leader, of a team? How did you handle this?
  • When have you seen your hard-work really pay off in your organization? What was the outcome?
  • What has been your greatest leadership achievement to-date?
  • When was the last time you thought “outside the box” and how did you do it? Why?
  • What have you done in the past to prevent a situation from becoming too stressful for you or members of your organization to handle?
  • Do you feel comfortable publicly speaking and presenting?