Great Student Interview Questions!

Reading a pretty interesting article called “The Top Behavioral Interview Questions’.  It’s focused on adults getting jobs and some questions that 1300 hiring managers have shared as their top interview questions.  They are great questions.  As I was reading them, I was was struck that, with a little tweaking, they could be very interesting questions for students to consider.

The questions focus on adaptability, culture fit, and collaboration.  Three of the most important ‘soft skills’ in hiring.

Here they are.  It would be fun to ask kids these questions!


  1.  Talk about a time you were asked to do something you had never done before.
  2.  Describe a time in which you embraced a new idea, process, or technology, at school that was a real change from how you had done things before.

Culture fit

  1. What are the three things that are most important to you as a student?
  2. Talk about a time in the last week when you’ve been satisfied, energized, and productive at school.  What were you doing?


  1.  How do you work with a person who is difficult to work with?
  2.  Talk about one of your favorite experiences working with a group and your contribution to the group.

In addition to these being great questions for kids to consider, thinking about and answering these questions is a work life skill!

Author: Jnelson

Jeff Nelson Fife School District Assistant Superintendent:Teaching-Learning-Innovation 39 years as an educator. 16 years teacher 3 years assistant principal 12 years principal 8 years Assistant Superintendent BA, Washington State University MAEd, Washington State University Previous member of AWSP Legislative Committee Previous member of UW Tacoma PEAB, Administrative Certification Established and maintained Fife’s first website for 7 years Present work includes establishing the first Teaching/Learning/Innovation department in the Fife School District. Examples of responsibilities include: teacher/administrator professional development, assessment, TPEP, curriculum/materials review, 24 credit requirement, technology levy leadership, teacher/administrator bargaining. Initiatives underway in Fife, as a result of new TLI Department: AVID, OER, Curriculum and Materials reviews, Student Perception Pilot with CSTP, Google Expedition Cofounder of Educational Internet Communications, LLC. Marketed and sold one of the first online grade checking programs in the US. Consulted with Seattle Educational Internet Company for 2 years.

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