Student Government Association
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Forwarding Interview Questions

 


(Pursuant to Senate Rules of Procedure Rule 6.4 Subsection A, the Internal Affairs committee “shall
be responsible for maintaining a list of suggested general and positions specific interview questions
to be asked during the confirmation process. The Vice-Chair shall ensure that this list of interview
questions is made available on the SGA website.”)


Legislative Branch
Student Senate
Senators (Rules & Calendar Committee)*
● What is a problem that you have seen on campus and want to fix?
● What are the 5 standing committees within the Senate and what are their functions?
● What led you to become interested in becoming a student Senator?
● Will you be able to fully commit to your position as Senator?
● What is the purpose of the SGA Senate?
● What are some ideas you have to better facilitate communication with your constituents?
● How will you improve the FSU experience for your constituents?
● Will you be a Senator who works behind the scenes or actively legislates?
● As an appointed senator, how will you represent your constituents as if you were elected?


Funding Boards
RTAC & PAC Committee Members
● What does RTAC/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 a committee member in RTAC/PAC?
● 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?


Executive Branch
Agencies & Bureaus
Agency & Bureau Secretaries and Treasurers
● What are the duties and responsibilities as Secretary/Treasurer of your Agency/Bureau?
● What previous experience qualifies you for this position?
● How do you intend to use your position to make your Agency/Bureau more efficient?
● Can you fully commit to the demands of this position?
● Treasurer: Are you familiar with the A&S fee funding process?
● Treasurer: Do you know what the budget for your organization in the next fiscal year will be?


Agency & Bureau Directors and Assistant Directors
● What are the duties and responsibilities of the position that you are applying for?
● During your potential term of office what is the agency’s operational budget?
● How will the difference in funding allocated in the previous year from funding received for this
year impact your programming ideas?
● Describe your experience working with this agency in the past or working on a project that is
related to the mission statement of the agency.
● 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/Bureau
Director/Assistant Director to address them?
● What plan of action or programming 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 challenge that you have experienced when working with this agency
and how you handled it.


Class Councils
Sophomore & Junior Class Council President and Vice President
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● What are specific goals you have for your position within the Class Council?
● How do you plan on building “community and pride” within the class you’re applying to represent?
● What kind of programming would you like to institute for your class?


Executive Cabinet
Director of Cabinet Affairs
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● As the direct presiding officer within the Cabinet, describe your approach to leadership.


Secretary of External Affairs
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● How would you define the collective voice of the FSU SGA?
● What are some specific entities and organizations in the state of Florida and in the nation that you
would partner with to advance FSU?
● What are some ideas you have for developing and improving communication between FSU SGA
and other external entities and organizations?


Secretary of Internal Affairs
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● Why is it important to have consistent communication between all entities of SGA?
● With so many entities to keep track of, how will you manage to keep everything running so
smoothly?
● What are some ideas you have for new structures and initiatives to help SGA support the efforts
of different campus populations?
● Would you say stronger unity between SGA branches and entities is in the interest of the student
body? If so, how will you use this position to strengthen these bonds?
● What are some specific relationships within SGA you plan to develop and strengthen?


Secretary of Student Engagement
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● What challenges do you foresee with your position and how do you plan on overcoming them?
● What initiatives would you like to start?


Secretary of Student Life
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● How would you define the collective voice of the SGA?
● What are some specific organizations/individuals within the community that you would partner
with to help advance student life at FSU?
● What are some ideas you have for improving communication between SGA and the students we
serve?
● Do you have any specific programming ideas to progress and enhance life as a student at FSU?
Executive Office of the President and Deputy Treasurer


Chief of Staff
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● As the direct presiding officer within the Executive Office of the President, describe your approach
to leadership.
● Why is the Chief of Staff such an important position in SGA? Why should the students trust you to
get the job done?
● How 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 various leadership experiences have you had that will directly affect your success in this
position?


Deputy Chief of Staff
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● 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?
● What problems can you foresee in the coming year that you wish to overcome?
● How will you help the Chief of Staff effectively execute programs and/or projects for the executive
branch?
● What are the roles of the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch as they pertain to
appointments in SGA?


Secretary of Appointments
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● What are the roles of the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch as they pertain to
appointments in SGA?
● What will you look for in applicants for positions within agencies, bureaus, and affiliated projects
of the SGA?


Press Secretary
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● What connections do you have with the various media outlets in the FSU/Tallahassee
community?
● 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?


Judicial Branch
Justices (Judiciary Committee)*
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● How familiar are you with the Student Body Statutes and Constitution?
● Do you have any conflict of interests that would inhibit the effective execution as a Justice?
● 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 (Judiciary Committee)*
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● How would you carry out your duty to represent students before the Supreme Court?
● What experiences qualify you for this position?
● What is your approach to statute interpretation?
● Can you fully commit the time necessary for this position?


Elections
Supervisor & Deputy Supervisor of Elections
● What are the duties and responsibilities of your position?
● 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?
● Have you ever been affiliated to an FSU SGA political party?


Overall Candidate Questions
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?
● How has your external and internal identities influenced why you wanted to apply for this
position?
● Can you unpack your character and describe how it plays into conflict resolution?
Note: Any candidate up for confirmation can be subject to any questions listed on this page,
regardless of position, or any further questions the Senate finds pertinent.