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Answers On Interviewing

The first step in being prepared for your interview is becoming fully acquainted with your resume. Be ready to discuss it in depth. Think through the work experiences you had, your performance, attitudes,
and proofs of success. Be able to cite examples that feature growth you experienced and other positive qualities.  Use the links below to jump to a section about interview questions.

Questions to be ready to answer
Questions to be ready to ask
Questions you should NOT ask during an interview
Other No-No's for the interview

Questions To Be Ready To Answer...

SPIRITUAL:

1. How did you become a Christian? Tell me about your conversion experience.
2. What experiences have shaped you spiritually?
3. How do you pursue continued growth in your walk with God?

PERSONAL:

4. Tell me more about yourself. What are your hobbies and interests?
5. What are your strengths? Weaknesses?
6. How would you describe the ideal ministry for you?
7. Rate yourself 1 - 10 in these categories: communication, leadership, teaching, energy, intelligence, planning, organization, analytical ability, conflict resolution skills, direction, initiative, self-confidence, decision-making ability, willingness to accept responsibility, financial management, supervisory ability, self-knowledge, mentoring skills, visionary outlook, imagination, interpersonal skills, flexibility.
8. What are your short-term and long-term objectives?
9. What do you want to be doing 5 years from now? 10 years from now?
10. What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
11. What are your spiritual gifts?
12. How do you work under pressure?
13. What is your philosophy of ministry?
14. Share some of the features of your theology.
15. Tell me about your current church involvement.
16. Who do you admire most and why?

WORK/ACADEMIC HISTORY:

17. Describe your past work experiences. What did you do well? What did you enjoy?
18. How will your previous experiences fit in here? How would you contribute to our ministry?
19. What two or three accomplishments in your life have given you the most satisfaction? Why?
20. Have you ever been fired from a job? If so, why?
21. Are your grades a good reflection of your ability? Why or why not?
22. What were your favorite classes? Why? What has seminary taught you?
23. Do you have plans for continued study? Another degree?

MINISTRY SPECIFIC:

24. Why are you interested in ministering here?
25. How does your family feel about your filling this position?
26. What do you think it takes to be successful in a ministry like ours?
27. What is it about this specific ministry that sounds appealing to you?
28. Why are you willing to leave your present job?
29. What kind of salary and benefits are you looking for?
30. What questions do you have about this ministry and this job?

 

Questions To Be Ready To Ask...

1. Tell me more about your ministry.
2. Tell me about your church's/organization's theology, history, priorities, etc.
3. What are your goals for this ministry?
4. What are the future plans for the growth of this ministry?
5. How would you characterize this congregation/ministry?
6. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this church/ministry?
7. What specifically would be my responsibilities in this position?
8. What is the most important function performed in this position?
9. What results are expected from the position and how do you measure those results?
10. What do you feel would be the ideal experience and qualifications for this position?
11. Is this a newly created job?
12. Why did the last person leave this position? (a) if quit: Why? (b) if promoted: Why? (c) if fired: Why? What was your dissatisfaction with their performance?
13. What could be improved in the way previous employees performed in this position?
14. Who would I report to? Work with?
15. What is the turnover rate in this ministry? Do people stay a long time? Why?
16. Are there any particular doctrinal issues that have caused problems with staff members in the past? What were they?
17. How soon do you intend to make a decision on someone for this position?
18. Do you have questions about my resume?
19. What would be my family's role?
20. What is the next step in the interviewing process?

 

Questions You Should Not Ask During An Interview...

1. Does this ministry believe in and support continuing education?
2. What is the salary range for this position?
3. What benefits does the ministry provide?
4. What is the cost of living and housing in this area?

(These questions are appropriate, but not during the first interview.)

 

Other No-No's For The Interview...

1. Poor personal appearance.
2. Inability to express yourself clearly (voice, diction, grammar.)
3. Lack of planning; no purpose or goals.
4. Lack of interest and enthusiasm; passive, indifferent.
5. Lack of confidence and poise; nervousness.
6. Lack of tact.
7. Lack of maturity.
8. Lack of courtesy, ill-mannered.
9. Condemnation of past employees and employers.
10. Failure to look interviewer in the eye.
11. Indecision.
12. Unhappy married or family life.
13. Sloppy application materials.
14. Lack of seriousness about the position; merely shopping around.
15. Seeking to fill the position for only a short time.
16. Little sense of humor.
17. Emphasis on whom you know.
18. Cynical.
19. Narrow interests.
20. Poor handling of personal finances.
21. No interest in community activities.
22. Inability to take criticism.
23. Lack of appreciation of the value of experience.
24. Little knowledge of the Bible.
25. Late to interview without good reason.
26. Failure to express appreciation for interviewer's time.
27. Failure to ask questions about the job.
28. Showing a desire for power; not humble.
29. Unclear on vision or reason for being in ministry.
30. Lack of initiative.
31. Approaching interview process too casually.
32. Arrogant attitude; "I'm going to come and fix your ministry."
33. Overemphasis on salary and benefits
34. Inability to discuss past performance; vague; not prepared.
35. Having a "what can you do for me?" attitude.