Superintendent of Schools Interview Questions by Larry Aronstein


  1. What do you anticipate being the most difficult types of problems that you will face in our district?
  2. What process will you use to build an effective leadership team?
  3. What strategies would you use when responding to a crisis?
  4. What steps do you go through in developing a District Budget?
  5. Assume that there is a serious need to improve buildings and grounds, how would you go about Capital Improvement Planning?
  6. What is your approach to effectively evaluate teachers and principals resulting in their professional growth and development?
  7. Outline your Entry Plan for your 1st hundred days
  8. What qualities do you look for in teaching and administrative candidates?
  9. How do you go about making visits to schools?
  10. Describe the process you use in communicating with school leaders and Central Office
  11. How do you teach and mentor school leaders?
  12. What functions or problems should the Superintendent personally take on?
  13. What process do you use in developing annual district goals?
  14. What role do you play in negotiations with various unions?
  15. How do you determine when it is necessary to communicate with school legal counsel?
  16. How do you handle Superintendent Hearings?
  17. How do you prefer to develop agendas for Board Meetings?
  18. What should be the role of the Board President?
  19. What is your role in dealing with grievances?
  20. How do you deal with conducting investigations of wrong doing?
  21. How do you prefer that the Board do your Superintendent Evaluation?
  22. Walk through the steps of developing and putting up a Bond Issue
  23. How do you go about deciding on a Snow Day?
  24. What is your approach to dealing with the Union Leaders?
  25. How transparent is your approach to “transparency”?
  26. How do you go about building morale?
  27. Taking a long-term view, how do you go about sustaining positive change?
  28. Describe your Decision-Making Process
  29. Tell us about an unpopular decision you made? What did you learn from it?
  30. Tell us about any innovations you brought about in the area of School Security and Public Safety
  31. How do you develop positive relations with Police and Fire Officials?
  32. What creative ideas do you have about maintaining positive public image for the district?
  33. How will you make yourself more accessible to your publics?
  34. How will you deal with “special requests and favors” from “entitled” constituents?
  35. How do you deal with disloyal school leaders who speak ill of your leadership?
  36. What would you do if you strongly disagreed with a decision of the Board?
  37. How long do you expect to remain in the district?
  38. What are professional or personal issues that are non-negotiable?
  39. How do you deal with free speech and student publications?
  40. What is your vision of the role of technology?
  41. How do you deal with the ever-rising costs of special education?
  42. What do you consider to be your three great professional accomplishments?
  43. Do you have ideas about cost savings?

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