Executive Please offer your assessment of our programs and

Executive
Director Search

Potential
Interview Questions

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After
each question are ideas on how to parse the candidate’s responses and prepare
the interviewers for evaluation discussions.

Tell us why you want to
lead Impact Austin.

What are the 3-4 main
things that struck you about the candidate?

What would you say her brand,
or core message about herself, is?  What
does it seem like the candidate want you to remember about her?

What seem to be the
candidate’s core values?

What did you feel during
and after the candidate’s response?

Please offer your
assessment of our programs and services.

Did the candidate do her
homework?  Could she not only talk about Impact
Austin’s programs, but also make an assessment? 
Did it seem she looked at the website, or did more significant research?

Was the candidate able to
discuss strategic and tactical issues? 

Was the candidate’s answer
balanced, or all good/bad?  How did the
candidate approach discussing a negative she identified?   Did the candidate seem open to options and
alternatives?

What do you believe is the
key to successful membership recruitment (or to the ultimate member experience)?
Tell us a story from your experience that represents that.

How
did the candidate’s shared experience apply to the question? 

When
it comes to recruiting, retaining, and supporting members, what do you think
are the candidate’s 3 – 4 core beliefs?

What strategies would you
expect this candidate to champion for member recruitment, retention and
support?

What if anything, did
this candidate say about relationship building?

How will you balance the many
elements of your role?

Did
the candidate seem to understand the many responsibilities of an ED?  Did she mention balancing conflicting
priorities?

Does
the candidate have a plan to manage her time? 

What would one of your
direct reports tell us about you?

Did the candidate’s
answer seem genuine and sincere?

Did the candidate’s response
align with the values and needs of the position?

What do you see as the
role of the board in your success as an Executive Director? Can you offer us a
few examples?

Did
the candidate seem to understand the partnership between the board and the ED?  How did she describe interacting with the
board?  Did she mention reporting
structure?

Did
the candidate address the strategic, managerial and tactical responsibilities of
the ED?  What did she say about her responsibilities
to the board?  What she needs form the board?

Executive Directors are often
“front and center” at events. What is your approach to this situation?

How did the candidate
interpret “front and center?”  What roles
did she seem comfortable with? 
Uncomfortable with?

Based on the candidate’s
response, how would you describe her to a colleague?

What concrete methods for
interaction did the candidate share?

Tell me about a
professional failure you experienced and what you learned from it.

How
consequential was the failure described?

What
did the response tell you about the candidate’s brand?

As an Executive Director,
you will wear the hats of both a leader and a manager. What is your approach to
balancing them?

How
did the candidate differentiate between leadership and management?

Do
you feel ready to follow the candidate? 
Why or why not?

Imagine
you work for the candidate.  Based on the
candidate’s response, what things do you appreciate about your “boss.”  What things might be barriers to your
success?

Let’s say we’ve hired you
and six months have passed.  How will we
know we made a great decision in hiring you?

Do
you feel the candidate could achieve the goals she mentions in six months?

What tangible and
intangible outcomes did the candidate mention?

How well do the goals
align with Impact Austin’s needs and goals?

What areas of concern did
the candidate touch on, i.e. relationship building, hiring, membership,
operations, endowment, grants, etc.

Is there anything else you would like
to tell us?

What did the candidate’s
response say about her brand?

Did the candidate include
Impact Austin in her response?

How did the candidate’s
response make you feel?

 

 

Final
thought for the candidate evaluation:

If you hired
this person what do you imagine you would say about her in her hire
announcement?