Interview Questions for Superintendents

  1. What do you anticipate being the most difficult types of challenges that you will face in our district?
  2. Describe the process you use in communications between school board members and the superintendent.
  3. How will you build and sustain an effective leadership team?
  4. Describe a crisis to which you’ve responded and tell us the strategizes you use to deal with and avoid crises.
  5. How would you deal with a hostile and aggressive crowd attending a public meeting of the Board of Education? What plan might you put together in anticipation of such a meeting?
  6. What process do you go through in developing a District Budget?
  7. What lessons have you learned in dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic and what changes would you seek to make which would improve the district as a result of these lessons learned?
  8. Assume that there is a serious need to improve buildings and grounds; how would you go about doing Capital Improvement Planning that might include a Bond Issue?
  9. What is your approach to effectively evaluate teachers and school leaders that results in their professional growth and development?
  10. Outline your Entry Plan once you are appointed and extending into your first hundred days on the job.
  11. What qualities do you look for in hiring teaching and leadership candidates?
  12. How do you go about making visits to schools? What do you look for?
  13. leaders and Central Office, and school leaders and Board Members.
  14. How do you teach and mentor school leaders?
  15. What functions and problems should the Superintendent directly and personally take on?
  16. Describe the process you use in developing annual district goals.
  17. What role do you play in negotiations with various unions?
  18. How do you determine when it is necessary to communicate with school legal counsel?
  19. How do you handle Superintendent-Student Disciplinary Hearings?
  20. How do you prefer to develop agendas for Board Meetings?
  21. What should be the role of the Board President?
  22. What is your role in dealing with grievances?
  23. How do you deal with conducting investigations of wrongdoing?
  24. How do you prefer that the Board do your Superintendent Evaluation?
  25. Walk through the steps of developing and putting up a Bond Issue
  26. How do you go about deciding on a Snow Day?
  27. What is your approach to dealing with the Union Leaders?
  28. How transparent is your approach to “transparency”?
  29. How do you go about building district-wide morale?
  30. Taking a long-term view, how do you go about sustaining positive change?
  31. Describe your Decision-Making Process
  32. Tell us about an unpopular decision you made? What did you learn from it?
  33. Tell us about innovations you brought about in the area of School Security and Public Safety.
  34. How do you develop positive relations with local Police and Fire Officials?
  35. What creative ideas do you have about maintaining a positive public image for the district?
  36. How will you make yourself more accessible to your publics?
  37. How will you deal with “special requests and favors” from “entitled” constituents?
  38. How do you deal with disloyal school leaders who critical of your leadership?
  39. What would you do if you strongly disagreed with a decision of the Board despite your best efforts to persuade?
  40. How long do you expect to remain in the district?
  41. What are your professional or personal guiding principles that are non-negotiable?
  42. How do you deal with free speech and student publications?
  43. What is your vision of the future role of technology?
  44. How do you deal with the ever-rising costs of special education?
  45. What do you consider to be your three great professional accomplishments?
  46. What are some of your ideas about cost savings?
  47. What would your critics say about you?
  48. What would your advocates say about you?
  49. What would you want to accomplish five years from now that would lead us to agree that you have been a successful leader?
  50. Tell us about a student, or teacher, or school leader who you feel you helped change the course of his/her life.

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